Lotus Evora 400 - pricing and specs confirmed

New Evora 400 is quicker around Hethel than the old Evora S - updated with pricing info

Lotus and motor shows have form. In 2010 former chief executive and ex-Ferrari man Dany Bahar rocked up to the Paris motor show with five potential new models, a bunch of Z-list celebrities and a plan for world domination.

Of course, Dany’s plans didn’t quite pan out the way he wanted them to. Now Lotus is under the stewardship of former Peugeot-Citroën exec Jean-Marc Gales and is officially on the road to recovery. To mark the achievement, the company is launching its first new significant model since 2008, when the original Evora was first revealed.

Subscribe to evo magazine

evo is 21 and to celebrate, we're returning to 1998 prices! Subscribe now to SAVE 39% on the shop price and get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £25!

The new car, called Evora 400, isn’t a clean-sheet design but there isn’t an area Lotus hasn’t looked to improve upon. The outgoing car’s doors, roof and front and rear shells are carried over, but the front and rear bumpers are new, as is the bonnet while the engine cover has been improved upon, too.

Russell Carr, who designed the original Evora, says the 400 follows Lotus’s design philosophy of supercar performance, and supercar design. ‘We wanted to give the Evora 400 more aggression and presence. And with the increase in performance we had to be aware of the aerodynamic needs, too.’

Pricing

Lotus has now confirmed pricing for the Evora 400. Billed as the fastest and most powerful production Lotus ever, it's also one of the most expensive, with a starting price of £72,000 in the UK.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

That's actually a little less than the £76,000 we estimated when the car made its motor show debut earlier in the year, but puts the car well and truly among its toughest competitors from Porsche.

However, the car does have high levels of specification. As standard, Evora 400s include 370mm composite two-piece AP Racing brakes, a limited-slip differential, automatic air conditioning, and a full infotainment system, including satellite navigation.

There's a host of options too, from an automatic transmission (£2000 extra), to Alcantara or leather trim for £2500 and metallic paint at £900. An optional Black Pack, for £1250, selectively colours various elements of the car in gloss black. £300 gets you yellow- or black-painted brake calipers. More useful for those who take their Lotus on track is the lightweight, forged alloy wheel option for £2000.

Deliveries of Lotus' fastest-ever road car begin in August, entering production in the summer.

Hethel lap time

Lotus has revealed details of the new Evora 400's performance. The new car managed a 1 min 32sec lap time around Hethel, the  Lotus test track. This puts the Evora 400 six seconds quicker than the Evora S. Tests were carried out by Gavan Kershaw, with the car running on standard tyres and suspension.

Advertisement - Article continues below

The Evora 400 uses the same 3.5-litre supercharged V6 found in the Evora S. It puts out 394bhp and 302lb ft of torque, which translates to a 0-60mph time of 4.1 seconds and a 186mph top speed. The power 55bhp power increase over an Evora S comes from changes made to the exhaust, induction, supercharger and ECU. New spring rates and wheels have also been added.

Continue to page 2 for performance details and our video from the Geneva Motor Show.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/volkswagen/golf-gti/22866/new-volkswagen-golf-gti-leaked-ahead-of-reveal
Volkswagen Golf GTI hatchback

New Volkswagen Golf GTI leaked ahead of reveal

Following a slew of spy shots last year, a camo-free Mk8 Golf GTI surfaces online
20 Jan 2020
Visit/lotus/202124/lotuss-badge-engineered-specials-from-cortina-to-carlton-and-vx220
Lotus

Lotus's badge-engineered specials: from Cortina to Carlton and VX220

Some collaborations more secretive than others, a handful of models have received backing from Lotus over the years. We've gathered the very best
19 Jan 2020
Visit/ford/202122/ford-focus-rs500-v-audi-rs3-new-v-used
Ford Focus RS

Ford Focus RS500 v Audi RS3 – new v used

One’s an eight-year-old Ford, the other a brand new Audi. But which of these five‑cylinder superhatches deserves your £45k?
18 Jan 2020
Visit/features/22907/hyundai-i30-fastback-n-versus-the-col-de-turini
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Col de Turini

We take the Hyundai i30 Fastback N up the Col de Turini, a 31km stage of the Monte Carlo World Rally Championship
19 Jul 2019