Future Models - Lotus 2016 Evora
Lotus releases lighter, faster Evora Sport
British bullet: The Lotus Evora Sport can sprint from 0-100km/h in just 4.1 seconds
306kW makes the Sport 410 the most powerful Lotus Evora ever
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26 February 2016
BRITISH sportscar-maker Lotus has released the hottest-ever version of its
top-spec Evora, dubbed the Sport 410, that car race from zero to 100km/h in
just 4.1 seconds.
A bump in engine output along with reduced weight and the introduction of
high-performance components combine to make the car the lightest and fastest
Evora to date.
The 410 gets its name from the 410hp (306kW)/410Nm output from the supercharged
Toyota-sourced V6 engine shared with the standard Evora S and Lotus stablemate
The performance of the 410 represents a 48kW/10Nm performance bump over the
Evora S and Evora S IPS, and an 8kW bump over the Evora Sport 400, a similar
Lotus concept revealed ahead of last year's Geneva show.
Other improvements include a sizeable reduction in weight, with the Evora 410
losing 70kg over the Evora 400, which itself was 22kg lighter than the Evora S.
Given that the Evora 410 weighs in at 1325kg, it represents a five per cent
weight drop over the already-lightened Evora 400.
The performance upgrades are evident on the racetrack – the Evora 410 lapped
the company's test track in Hethel, England three seconds faster than the Evora
400, which in turn was six seconds faster than the previous record holder.
Remove the twists and turns of the racetrack, and it can do the 0-100km/h
sprint in 4.1 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 300km/h.
Weight reduction is due in part to the liberal application of carbon-fibre
throughout the car, which includes the front splitter, roof panel, tailgate and
rear diffuser as well as race-derived sports seats and a revised front access
The weight drop has meant a recalibration of the suspension, and according to
Lotus “handling is sharper, along with better body and roll control”.
Ride height has also been reduced 5mm over the Evora 400.
The manual gearbox in the Evora 410 features a low inertia flywheel and a
Torsen-type limited slip differential. An automatic gearbox with paddle
shifters is available as an option.
An additional feature is Lotus' Dynamic Performance Management (DPM), which
offers the driver either Sport or Race settings. Selecting either increases
throttle response, lowers traction slip thresholds and removes understeer
Inside, the Evora 410 comes with carbon-fibre sports seats, and an Alcantara
trim for the seats, steering wheel, centre console and doors.
The centre console boasts an integrated touchscreen entertainment system that
is compatible with Bluetooth and iPods.
Lotus has recently previewed a couple of models – the Elise Cup 250 and Exige
Sport 350 – ahead of the Geneva show, and it is possible that the Evora Sport
410 will be joining them at the Swiss show.
The Exora 410 will be limited to a global production run of 150 models per
year, and will go on sale in overseas markets in June 2016.
Ateco Automotive media and public relations consultant Edward Rowe said that
there is no word yet on whether the Evora 410 will make it to Australian shores.
It will be sold in the UK for £79,900 (AUD$154,654) and in Europe for
approximately €110,000 (AUD$168,303).
The profitability of bringing the Evora 410 to Australia is questionable; only
six Evoras were sold in Australia last year, while the brand sold 48 cars Down
Under in 2015.