Lotus has been cooking up a brand new Evora for some time, and now, it has finally released details on the new model ahead of its debut at the Geneva motor show next month. But the show car doesn't promise just a few tweaks here and there; the automaker says that over two-thirds of the Evora 400 is new, and this includes a more powerful engine, lighter body, and a redesigned interior.
As its name suggests, the Lotus 400 pumps out 400 horsepower and 302 lb-ft of torque from its all-new supercharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine. This is a big power jump from the 345 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque produced from the outgoing Evora S. Lotus says the Evora 400 is not only the most powerful, but also the fastest model it has ever built. Top speed is 186 mph, and the Lotus can hit 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds, up from the 4.5 seconds we tested on the Evora S. For better overall performance, the powerful engine complements other changes, including revised spring and damper settings as well as 70 pounds more downforce at 150 mph.
Although it has always been known for its lightweight body, the Evora 400 sheds an additional 48-50 pounds thanks to a new aluminum chassis and lightweight composite body. These changes bring its total weight to 3119 pounds when paired with a manual transmission, or 3128 with the automatic. Speaking of transmissions, Lotus has modified these too. Shift quality improves on the six-speed manual thanks to a new clutch disc and newly standard Torsen-type limited slip differential, and the six-speed automatic gets new paddle shifters. Other performance upgrades include larger and more powerful brakes as well as a richer exhaust note.
On the surface, the Lotus looks a lot like the previous Evora, with overall width staying the same and length increasing just slightly by 1.4 inches. The most important changes, however, are highly functional. The front bumper brings larger cooling apertures and new DRLs, and side intakes help cool the engine and increase aerodynamic downforce. An aerodynamic composite rear diffuser and three-element rear wing adorn the back of the car. New wheels are lighter than the forged wheels on the previous Evora, and are now paired with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.
Inside, Lotus promises greater comfort through a variety of upgrades. Entry and exit should be easier thanks in part to more ergonomically-minded doors. Although seats are lighter, front seats provide greater support for the driver and passenger while rear seats are wider for extra comfort in back. A magnesium steering wheel complements a revised dash design, and buyers can upgrade to Alcantara or Scottish leather.
After the model debuts in Geneva, it will go on sale in North America this fall as a 2016 model. Prices have not yet been announced, but considering each Lotus Evora 400 will be built by hand at the automaker's headquarters in Hethel, U.K., we think customers can expect to plunk down a reasonable amount of money for this supercar.