Lotus today unveiled the Evora 400, which is now the most powerful Lotus in history. Expanding upon the successful and modern Evora name-plate, as well as an explosion in global sales for the English automaker, the Evora 400 comes as the next logical iteration of Lotus’ premier platform.
The new Evora 400 employs the 3.5 liter V6 that is of Toyota design but has been used by Lotus for some time now. Supercharging brings the maximum power output to a whopping 400 horsepower and 302 lb ft of torque. Lotus’ hallmark water to air charge-cooling system replaces the standard intercooler and maximizes intake air quantities to provide a cooler intake mixture to the combustion chamber.
The lightweight Evora 400 accelerates to 60 miles per hour in a mere 4.1 seconds, and the car lapped the company’s test track a full six seconds quicker than the outgoing standard model. The increased 55 horsepower over the current Evora are delivered to a limited slip differential via a six-speed manual gearbox.
The Evora 400 will go on sale this summer, and the first specimens will be delivered to North America this fall. Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales commented on the Evora and the company’s direction in general, saying,
“Our ten month sales figures showed a volume increase of over 50%, with the majority of markets increasing sales over the previous year. The new Lotus Evora 400 joins the Elise range, with the new S Cup grabbing the recent motoring media headlines, and the Exige S, enhanced with an exciting new automatic option, sharing the growth in numbers. Our strategy is being borne out.
“We work to maintain the lightness, purity and performance of our products as, at Lotus, we love our cars and we know that our customers do too. The Lotus Evora 400 is a pinnacle of achievement but we shall continue to aim higher in the months and years to come.”