New Lotus Evora Sport 410 revealed ahead of Geneva motor show

New Lotus Evora Sport 410 revealed ahead of Geneva motor show

The new Lotus Evora Sport 410 has been revealed, ahead of next week’s Geneva motor show.

Although it's based on the Evora 400, the Evora Sport 410 is 70kg lighter. Weight has been shed by the use of carbonfibre components for the front splitter, roof panel, tailgate, rear diffuser, a one-piece tailgate and forged alloy wheels. This also accounts for an improved aerodynamic downforce of 15%.

Powering the model is a tuned version of the 3.5-litre six-cylinder supercharged engine from the track-bred 3-Eleven; it produces 453bhp and 302lb ft of torque mated to a manual gearbox.

With a lower centre of gravity, a kerb weight of 1325kg and that supercharged engine, the Sport 410 can sprint from 0-60mph in 3.9sec and go on to a top speed of 186mph. It can also lap Lotus's Hethel test track in 1min28sec.

An automatic transmission with paddle shifters is also available as an option.

According to Lotus, the suspension has been recalibrated to provide sharper handing and better body and roll control, while retaining ride comfort. A Torsen-type limited slip differential (LSD) has also been added to improve traction.

Sport and Race settings are available through Lotus’ Dynamic Performance Management system. They increase throttle response, lower traction slip thresholds and remove understeer recognition.

On the inside, the Evora Sport 410 gets carbonfibre sports seats trimmed with Alcantara and an integrated touchscreen infotainment system with iPod and Bluetooth connectivity.

As well as the standard paint choices, the new Evora can also be personalised via the recently-launched Lotus Exclusive programme.

Group Lotus chief executive Jean-Marc Gales said: “We couldn’t help ourselves. We wanted to make the Evora even better: lighter, faster and sharper, but our team has exceeded our expectations. Lotus has distilled what makes the Evora so special into something that’s even more focused. The result is dynamically excellent and nothing short of superb.”

The Sport 410 will be available in all major markets from June, and just 150 examples will be produced each year. A specific version for North America will be announced later this year.

Source: www.autocar.co.uk