Lotus has unveiled its “fastest and most powerful production” model, the Evora 400.
The super car combines Lotus’ renowned high performance with benchmark handling.
Its maximum speed of 186 mph (300 km/h) and 0-60 acceleration of just 4.1 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds) enables the new Evora 400 to lap the test track at Lotus’ Norfolk headquarters six seconds faster than the previous model.
Reportedly more than two-thirds of the Lotus Evora 400 is new, including its supercharged and charge-cooled mid-mounted 3.5-litre V6 engine producing 400 horsepower and 410 Nm of torque.
A new aluminium chassis incorporates a new interior and the lightweight composite body has changed significantly both front and rear.
It is also 22 kg lighter, achieved through careful and clever design and attention to detail. This weight reduction is even more impressive considering that the supercar has more power and a higher standard specification than before.
Speaking in Geneva, CEO for Group Lotus, Jean-Marc Gales stated: “The Evora 400 is the fastest road-going Lotus that we have ever produced, possessing performance that can only be matched by cars costing significantly more. It delivers supercar looks allied to supercar performance.”
“We have always said that to make a car better, you must make it faster and lighter. We have achieved this, of course, but we didn’t stop there, as the considerable number of changes in the interior, chassis, engine and body design have warranted emphatically, the title of a new Lotus Evora.”
The vehicle is expected to enter production for European markets in the summer, with deliveries commencing in August.
“Combined production for all Lotus models, the Elise, Exige and Evora, will increase to 70 cars per week by September 2015 and an additional 150 highly skilled operators and craftsmen and women will be recruited in the next four months to accommodate this rise in production,” the company also announced.