Legendary sports car maker Lotus will debut its fastest-ever production car at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show: the Lotus Evora 400.
Capable of lapping the company’s Hethel test facility an incredible six seconds per lap faster than the Evora, the Evora 400 is clearly something special.
The ‘400’ in the Evora 400 name is a reference to its power output in horsepower. Translated, that means the supercharged 3.5-litre V6 generates 298kW at 7000rpm. Torque is up to 410Nm between 3500-6500rpm and the Evora 400 wil charge to 100km/h from a standstill in 4.2sec. Top speed is an even 300km/h.
A new supercharger, which has an increased volumetric capacity of 1.32 L/rpm to 1.74 L/rpm along with improved ‘charge-cooling’ and revised engine management have all contributed to the power increase. Alterations to the exhaust system (post catalytic converter) offer a switchable flap that can reduce exhaust back pressure, with the dual effect of giving the Evora 400 a supercar’s voice.
The six-speed manual gearbox has come under intense scrutiny, with a new clutch disc and low inertia flywheel contributing to improves shift quality. The manual also gains a Torsen limited-slip differential as standard. An automatic gearbox is optional and has a new shift strategy, though it misses out on the diff.
The sophisticated Lotus multi-mode traction control system also asissts in delivering the Evora 400’s phenomenal performance. Drive, Sport and Race settings can be altered via a cockpit switch, the latter two also improving throttle response.
Revised springs and dampers and a downforce figure of 32kg at 242km/h (split 12kg front, 20kg rear, thanks to the Evora 400’s flat floor, rear diffuser, three-element rear wing and optimised body panels, also contribute to the lap time improvement. Unladen weight is set at 1415kg for the manual and 1419kg for the auto, a reduction of 22kg and 23kg over the respective outgoing Evora models. The new engine mounts alone are 5.6kg lighter than before. Available forged aluminium wheels, measuring 19 inches up front and 20 at the rear, are 3.3kg lighter than the previous Evora’s forged wheels, and are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres (235/35/19 front, 285/30/20 rear).
Braking has also been upgraded, with 370mm x 32mm, two-piece cross-drilled vented discs up front replacing the previous car’s 350mm x 32mm discs. The rear discs now measure 350mm x 30mm, up from the previous 332mm x 26mm jobs.
While the exterior has been redesigned (it has a slightly widened frontal area and length increase as well as the aero changes), the interior upgrade also impresses. The Evora 400 is said to be easier to access, with sills 56mm lower than before. Front seats are 3kg lighter per pew (optional rear seats have also been reduced by 3.4kg in total) and offer three trim levels, including full alcantara or Scottish leather. A forged magnesium steering wheel is sure to set pulses racing before the driver even notices the all-new dash layout and HVAC system. There’s even a ‘high-end’ stereo, though we doubt you’d care too much about that if you’re behind the wheel of the Evora 400 on your favourite piece of blacktop.
To cater for the anticipated demand for the Evora 400 when it goes on-sale later this year, Lotus will increase Hethel production from 45 cars per day (its current rate) to 70 cars per day by September, through improved production processes reducing build times and a workforce of up to 450 coming on-stream over the next four months.