Lotus Evora GT410 revealed to rival Porsche 911 Carrera  

Sitting alongside the more focused GT410 Sport, the new Lotus GT410 aims to offer greater practicality and comfort than before

Adding to Hethel’s ever-increasing line-up, the new Evora GT410 goes head-to-head with the likes of the 992 911 Carrera, claiming everyday useability whilst retaining the excellent handling characteristics we’ve come to expect from the British marque.

Power comes from the same supercharged 3.5-litre V6 as in the more focused GT410 Sport, producing 404bhp and 310lb ft for a 0-62mph time of around four seconds and a respectable top speed of 186mph – buyers can choose from either a manual or automatic gearbox, both with six speeds.

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With a new focus on comfort and practicality comes the addition of air conditioning, heated Sparco sport seats, a reversing camera, arm rests in the doors and more, all as standard. The infotainment system also gets an upgrade, with the GT410 coming with satnav and Apple CarPlay as standard. To help you listen to the new uprated sound system more clearly (and lessen road noise), Lotus has also increased sound insulation.

Also improving useability are Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tyres, more appropriate for everyday, all-weather use than the Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyre found on the Sport model. Suspension has also seen a revision, with damper rates tweaked to retain Lotus’s trademark handling characteristics whilst offering a more compliant ride, better suited for everyday driving. Though the Evora will never win awards for visibility, a large glass section has been used for the tailgate to improve the rearward view.

AP Racing brake calipers sit behind a staggered 19- and 20-inch set of silver or gloss black wheels as standard, and new paint options are also now available, allowing buyers to choose from an extensive range of suitably bright standard shades, as well as some seen on models of the past.

> New Porsche 911 Carrera review - does the 992 entry-point deliver?

Elsewhere in the range, Lotus is adding the aforementioned Sparco sport seats, air con and a fresh infotainment system to the GT410 Sport, with new Touring and Sport packs allowing buyers to fine-tune specifications of any model, depending on their requirements.

More focused it might be, but the Sport variant comes with less standard kit than the new GT410. You’ll save £3000 opting for the non-Sport car, with prices starting from £82,900, commanding a £107 premium over the base-level 911 Carrera coupe.

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