Lotus has debut the Evora GT430 to appeal to a wider range of customers who want the ultimate in high performance sports cars. Adding to the acclaimed Evora 400 and Evora Sport 410 models, the new Evora GT430 range now includes two body options and a choice of manual or automatic transmission. Joining the recently announced Evora GT430 is the Evora GT430 Sport, a new member of the family that carries the high output and sculptured body-style but without the additional downforce-creating aerodynamic elements.
In looks, the GT430 is differentiated from the Evora GT430 Sport through the inclusion of motorsport derived aerodynamics provided by a carbon fiber splitter, a large, profiled carbon wing and louvers on top of each front wheel arch which reduce pressure within the front wheel arches together with wider wheels and tyres. Evora GT430 receives two enlarged carbon fiber front ducts, with integrated air blades, while the Evora GT430 Sport makes full use of carbon fiber (front and rear bumpers, front access panel, roof panel, rear quarter panels and a one-piece louvered tailgate) to help hit its low kerb weight.
The Evora GT430 has 10 mm wider Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres with 245/35 R19 at the front and 295/30 R20 at the rear, on one inch wider 10.5J rear wheels, these are optional fit for the Evora GT430 Sport.
Moving inside, the GT430 makes full use of visible-weave and carbon composite components, including carbon race seats, new carbon door sills and a new lightweight carbon instrument binnacle cover with a new design of graphic on the instrument panel. The steering, dashboard, door panels, transmission tunnel and center console are all trimmed in a combination of black Alcantara and perforated leather, complemented by contrast twin color stitching, in red and white, and matt black interior panels. Furthermore, an integrated touch-screen infotainment system can be specified, including iPod connectivity and Bluetooth functionality, satellite navigation and reversing camera.
Both GT430 models are powered by the same 3.5-liter V6 supercharged and charge cooled engine, producing 430 hp and 440 Nm of torque (450Nm for the Automatic version). Without the aerodynamic elements, the Evora GT430 Sport weighs 10kg less at 1248 kg (dry), bringing the power-to-weight ratio to 345 hp / tonne and the top speed to 315 km/h, making it the fastest Lotus production car ever.
Automatic transmission will be available from January 2018 for both the Evora GT430 body configurations. With 10 Nm more torque (450 Nm), the Automatic version is even quicker, with a 0-62 km/h in over 3.6 seconds. The six-speed automatic transmission utilises an optimized gearbox ECU for ultra-fast changes, whilst gear selection is made via lightweight aluminium paddles mounted to the steering wheel.
Boasting a high specification, the new Evora GT430 range includes, as standard, Öhlins TTX two-way adjustable dampers, J-grooved and ventilated brake discs, paired with AP Racing four-piston calipers all round, a Torsen-type limited slip differential (LSD) and an adjustable traction control system.
Lastly, the variable traction control function, standard on all models, is linked directly to the ECU and allows the amount of wheel slip to be set by the driver whilst in ‘Race / Off’.
Every new Lotus Evora GT430 Sport can be personalized through the increasingly popular Lotus Exclusive program. The new, fully homologated Lotus Evora GT430 range is available in two-seater configuration only, at 139,000 (GT430 Sport) and 151,000 Euros in Germany.