The first Lotus Evora 400s are now ready and rolling into dealerships across the UK and Europe. The Evora 400 is the fastest production Lotus to date with an all new engine, lighter weight, and improved performance. The U.S. is set to receive the 400 early in 2016.
“The Evora 400 has already received admiration and critical acclaim from media around the world, praising its performance, handling and design. In September and October, Lotus dealers throughout the UK and mainland Europe will be receiving their demonstrator and customers cars, so now is the opportunity for drivers to get behind the wheel and experience the Evora 400 for themselves,” says Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc.
The 400 part of the name comes from the horses produced by the new supercharged, water-to-air charge-cooled, all aluminum, 24 valve, mid-mounted, 3.5-liter, V6 engine with 302 pound-feet of torque. Whew! And it is fast. The Evora 400 goes from zero to 60 in 4.1 seconds and cruises at a top speed of 186 mph. Transmission is offered in both six-speed manual and six-speed automatic.
Two-thirds of the Evora 400 are all-new for a lower weight that also contributes to the faster speed. The 400 weighs in at about 3,076 pounds after shedding nearly 93 pounds from the previous Evora S model. It also shaves 7 seconds off Evora S lap time on the Lotus test track at Hethel with a 1 minute 31 second time.
The chassis is lighter, lower, and wider for easier entrance into the cockpit. The design also includes fully independent suspension in the front and rear with a forged aluminum wishbone suspension, anti-roll bar, Eibach springs, Bilstein dampers, a Limited Slip Differential, and AP Racing two piece brake discs.
The cabin features luxe sportscar details with lightweight sports seats offered in three trims of standard, leather, and Alcantara. The dashboard has been completely revised with an easier to use layout and the engine is not the only sound the drivers will enjoy with a five-speaker sound system with an integrated subwoofer. Heat seats, satellite navigation, a rear vision camera, and parking sensors are also standard.
For drivers looking for even more distinction, there is a Black Pack option that blacks out the roof, sills, mirror caps, and the center section of the rear wing. This option also adds special dark headlining in the cabin.
The Lotus Evora 400 will arrive in North America early in 2016 as a 2017 model and will start at $89,900.
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