Thanks to a lighter body by 22 kilograms and the functional rear wing, the Lotus Evora 400 is able to achieve an aerodynamic downforce of 32 kg at 242 km/h. Its exterior is highlighted by the new front end, bumper with larger cooling intakes and DRLs, side intakes, new door mirrors, revised rear end and bumper with diffuser, and the three-element rear wing. Lighter forged wheels provide the Evora 400 the necessary aggressive stance and planted outlook, despite no increase in width compared with the previous Evora. The overall length has increased by 35 mm to 4394 mm. The approach angle has been reduced from 11.5 degrees to 10 degrees to aid aerodynamic downforce.
Moving to the inside, a comprehensive round of changes has resulted in a new interior for the Lotus Evora 400. Designed elegantly and functionally to be both lightweight and of high quality, the interior is a perfect match for the striking exterior of the car. All new front seats are lighter (by 3 kg each) and provide greater support for both driver and front passenger. As an option, rear passengers are also catered for, with the rear seats being 280 mm wider than the previous Evora; weight has been reduced in the rear seats by 3.4 kg.
As a hand-crafted sports car, the bespoke feel is carried across three new trim levels, including trim upgrades in full Alcantara, or Scottish leather, with each featuring specific trim detailing. Apart from the materials used, the new door casings, center console and more space in the rear support a determined approach to improve both accessibility into and egress from the cabin.
Both comfort and ergonomics have been improved dramatically, with a new HVAC system that provides greater airflow and operator control, within an all-new dashboard layout. As befits a driver orientated car, the cabin features a lightweight forged magnesium steering with a red race-inspired position stripe and a revised instrument cluster that possesses simple clear dials (white on black graphics). Switchgear haptics and ergonomics have also been improved significantly, the latter through location to the upper-central dashboard and, for the first time, a new engine start-stop button has been fitted to the Evora 400.
In addition, a high-end in-car entertainment system is standard, with the latest, lightweight and slim-line door speakers being fitted within the new door casings, while A-pillar incorporated tweeters improve the sound reproduction quality.
Over two thirds of the Lotus Evora 400 is new, including its supercharged and charge-cooled mid-mounted 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 400 horsepower and 400 Nm plus of torque. The supercharger fitment ensures strong bottom-end torque and the figure has also been increased to 410 Nm achieved between 3,500 to 6,500 rpm. This translates into even more strident acceleration from 0 – 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds. The three modes; Drive, Sport and Race, present varying driving dynamics on the Evora 400, according to the driver’s preference. Both Sport and Race modes increase throttle responsiveness. LSD and manual transmission are standard on the Evora 400. A number of manual gearbox enhancements have greatly improved shift quality including a new clutch disc and a low inertia flywheel that ensure swift and tactile gearchanges. For the automatic transmission option, a new shift strategy has been developed, with gearchanges made using the lightweight aluminium paddles mounted to the steering.
The Lotus Evora 400’s exhaust system features revised muffler internals and a driver’s switch, which allows the exhaust to flow more freely, reducing back pressure under higher engine loads and where conditions allow. A by-product is an unique supercar soundtrack through the three-inches wider, central exiting exhaust pipe.
For brakes, the Evora 400 benefits from new, two-piece, cross-drilled and ventilated brake discs, which are 370 x 32 mm front and 350 x 30 mm rear diameters (previous Evora: 350 x 32 mm front and 332 x 26 mm rear). In the tyre department, the Evora 400 is shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sports.
The new Lotus Evora 400 will enter production for European markets in the summer and deliveries will commence in August this year. North American markets will receive the Evora 400 as a 2016 model year presentation in the Autumn.
Lotus Evora 400 Specifications
Wheelbase: 2575 mm
Front/Rear track: 1564 mm/1575.5 mm
Length: 4394 mm
Width: 1845 mm, exclude mirrors: 1,978 mm, include mirrors
Height: 1,229 mm
Weight: 1415 kg (manual), 1419 kg (Auto)
Drag Coefficient: 0.35
Engine: Mid-mounted, transverse, 3.5 liter, V6, 24 valve, all aluminium, Supercharger
Output: 400 hp, 406 PS, 298 kW @ 7,000 rpm
TorqueL 410 Nm, 302 lbft wi @ 3,500 – 6,500 rpm
Transmission: 6 speed manual with LSD or 6 speed automatic gearbox
Suspension: Forged aluminium double wishbone, anti-roll bar, Eibach springs and Bilstein dampers
Chassis: Lightweight and strong aluminium extruded and bonded chassis
Body: Lightweight composite body panels, Three-element rear wing, lightweight composite rear diffuser
Steering: Rack and pinion
Brakes: wo-piece, cross-drilled and ventilated race brakes with AP Racing four piston calipers
Wheels: Lightweight forged aluminium wheels (Front 19” Rear 20”)
Tyres: Front 235/35/19 91Y, Rear 285/30/20 99Y