The Lotus Evora 400 is all about lightweight, thanks to a reduced body weight by 22 kgs. With a functional rear wing, the Evora 400 can 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.
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 a 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). 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.
The Lotus Evora 400 is scheduled to be introduced on 29 January.