Lotus has turned up the performance wick on its Evora sports car by trimming kilograms from the already-lightweight model while adding power.
Unveiled almost concurrently with the arrival of the 2016 Evora 400 in Australia, the new Evora 410, as the name suggests, now has 410 BHP (306kW) with, coincidently, 410Nm of torque.
Toyota’s 3.5 litre V6 petrol engine with supercharger is still the powerplant of choice, matched with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
Combine the extra power with a diet that has seen an impressive weight-reduction of 70kg, and the Evora 410 automatic can sprint from 0-100km/h in 4.1 seconds (4.2 seconds for the manual), on its way to a top speed of 280km/h.
Much of the weight reduction has come from swapping components of various compounds for carbon-fibre, and changes to the body have also aided a 15 percent improvement in downforce.
Drivers willing to change their own gears will be rewarded with a top speed 20km/h higher at an even 300km/h. The manual also carries a weight advantage at 1325kg, compared to 1337kg for the auto.
Fuel consumption is rated at 9.7 l/100km for both auto and manual models.
Lotus has tweaked the suspension on the Evora 410 with revised damping and improved geometry, while the ride-height has been lowered by 5mm.
Just 150 examples of the 2016 Lotus Evora 410 will be built, but no word yet on how many of these, if any, will make it to Australia.
Pricing for UK customers starts at £79,900 (AU$155,552).
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