Lighter, Faster, Stronger Lotus Evora 2017

Lotus has stripped 70kg out of the Evora 400 to create the Evora Sport 410, which has made its debut at the Geneva motor show. It is priced from £79,990 and just 150 examples will be made each year for worldwide consumption. Sales start in June. Weight has been shed by the use of forged alloy wheels and carbonfibre components for the front splitter, roof panel, tailgate, rear diffuser and one-piece tailgate.

These elements also help to improve aerodynamic downforce by 15%. Powering the Evora Sport 410 is a tuned version of the 3.5-litre supercharged V6 petrol engine from the trackbred 3-Eleven. The engine produces 453bhp and 302lb ft of torque and is mated to a manual gearbox. Alternatively, an automatic transmission with paddle shifters is available as an option.

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Evora Sport 410 is powered by a 453bhp supercharged 3.5 V6; 0-60mph in 3.9sec, 186mph top speed

With a kerb weight of 1325kg and that supercharged engine, the Sport 410 can sprint from zero to 60mph in 3.9sec and go on to a top speed of 186mph. According to Lotus, the suspension has been recalibrated to provide sharper handing and better body and roll control, while retaining ride comfort. The car’s centre of gravity has also been lowered.

A Torsen-type limited-slip differential has been added to improve traction. Sport and Race settings are available through Lotus’s Dynamic Performance Management system. They increase throttle response, lower traction slip thresholds and remove understeer recognition.

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