Boasting a top-speed of 300km/h, the Lotus Evora 400 is the fastest car the British sports car brand has ever produced - and it's now on-sale locally.
The first Evora 400 in Australia was revealed to prospective buyers at the Simply Sports Cars dealership, Sydney’s biggest Lotus dealer in Artarmon, New South Wales.
Now six years old, the Evora two-door coupe range has progressively expanded from the original 200kW naturally aspirated 3.5-litre V6 variant in 2009 through to the 2012 addition of a 258kW supercharged S version.
The Evora 400 steps things up by another 40kW and 10Nm, taking outputs to 298kW and 410Nm and reducing the 0-100km/h claim to just 4.2 seconds whether manual or automatic is selected, down from 4.6sec.
In the process the Evora 400 overtakes the Porsche Cayman GT4 for outright performance to that speed benchmark by two-tenths.
A new Edelbrock supercharger for the Toyota-derived 3.5-litre V6 has gifted the Evora 400 with 298kW of power at 7000rpm and 410Nm of torque at 3500rpm.
A “sports ratio” six-speed manual transmission is standard, and although the $10k-optional six-speed automatic transmission shares the same performance claim, it misses a Torsen mechanical limited-slip differential.
Two-piece cross-drilled and ventilated disc brakes measure 370mm front and 350mm rear, with four-piston AP Racing calipers on both ends.
Fully independent forged-aluminium double wishbone suspension scores Eibach springs and Bilstein dampers, while the hydraulically assisted power steering requires just 2.86 turns lock to lock.
Three-mode stability control – with Drive, Sport and Race selections – and an active exhaust system are standard.
Lotus claims 5.6kg-lighter engine mounts, a new lightweight flywheel and revised rear sub-frame deliver better engine control and improved dynamics for the latest rear-drive mid-engined coupe.
Along with a “significantly” changed lightweight composite body, the alterations reduce total kerb weight of the Evora 400 by 22kg compared with the Evora S, now totaling 1395kg, while improving aerodynamics enough to deliver 32kg downforce at 240km/h.
The Evora 400 is claimed to lap the company’s UK test track in Hethel, Norfolk, six seconds faster than the outgoing Evora S.
Exterior equipment for the 2+2-seat coupe includes gloss-black or silver 10-spoke 19-inch front and 20-inch rear alloy wheels with 235mm-front and 285mm-rear Michelin Pilot Sport tyres, bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime lights and electrically foldable door mirrors.
Features inside include partial-leather trim with heated seats, reverse-view camera and rear parking sensors, remote central locking and five-speaker double-DIN audio system with integrated satellite navigation.
Cruise control is optional, as is Alcantara seat trim or full leather trim among other detail personalisation choices.
The Evora 400 starts from $184,990 plus on-road costs, rising to $194,990 (plus orc) for the automatic version.
Last year’s Evora S asked $180,600 manual/$187,600 auto.
Competitors include the hardcore but two-seat Porsche Cayman GT4 priced from $190,300 (plus orc), Matching the acceleration time and 2+2 configuration of the Evora 400 requires selecting the base Porsche 911 Carrera with PDK transmission and optional Sport Chrono package for $227,640 (plus orc).
The Lotus Evora 400 is available to order now, with first deliveries expected within two months.
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