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Tim O'Brien | Jul, 15 2015 | 5 Comments

The event finished two weeks ago, but the Goodwood Festival of Speed just keeps giving. This time it has thrown-up another tasty nugget; the confirmation - yes, another one - of the Lotus Evora 400 Convertible.

While reports of the new Lotus pregnancy began late last year, it has been lacking that rock-solid confirmation from someone inside the tent.

Car magazine 'confirmed' it first in December last year, along with another rumour of an Evora-based SUV/Crossover (eeek!), but the confirmation didn't stick - no-one in Lotus put their hands up.

But all fixed now. A confirmation doesn't come more confirmed than from the lips of the big guy himself, Lotus boss Jean-Marc Gales.

"We're working on it (the Lotus Evora Convertible) now," he told UK publication Autocar, and shared similar words with US industry paper, Autonews.

So there we have it.

Besides missing the roof, the Evora 400 Convertible will otherwise mirror the Coupe. That means a 300kW 3.5 litre V6 in the back, and a sprint time to 100km/h of a tick over 4.0 seconds.

Lotus Evora 400 - now about that roof...
Lotus Evora 400 - now about that roof...

But if you were hoping to see a fancy automated folding fabric-top, prepare to be disappointed. Instead, the Evora 400 Convertible will come with two removable carbon fibre panels which can be lifted off and stowed behind the seats - a weight-saving measure..

Lotus, you'll recall, has just emerged from staring into a cold dark place.

It racked up a £71.1 million loss (AUD$148million) loss in the 2014 financial year, and had to withdraw from the US market that same year due to a failure to meet US airbag safety regulations (also now 'all fixed').

There will be no compromise to the structural integrity with the deletion of the roof, however, as the Evora 400 sits on an aluminium and composite tub.

The news of the drop-top comes on the back of other good news for the Lotus brand. This year it expects to sell more than 3000 cars. That's an increase of 50 percent on global sales for 2014 and more than double sales of 2013

The Lotus Evora 400 will arrive here in early 2016, approximately nine months after its European debut.

MORE: Lotus Evora 400 Demolishes Old Model’s Hethel Lap Record
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