Lotus moves upmarket with a 2+2 GT, but is the Lotus Evora an everyday car?
Lotus Evora GT410 Sport 2018 UK review
This lighter, sharper 410 Sport successor may have a greater track focus, but it's still just as fun on the road
Lotus Evora GT430 2017 review
The fastest, most powerful and most expensive Lotus ever made is also one of the best
Both a racier version of and a replacement for the 410 Sport, the Evora GT410 Sport wins its ‘GT’ prefix mainly by way of weight savings, added aero and more focused running gear, taking cues from the range-topping GT430.
Carbonfibre parts including the roof and gratifying one-piece louvred tailgate help to trim weight and complement the redesigned composite front and rear panels. But to achieve the maximum 28kg saving over the 410 Sport, you’ll need to spec the 20-click, two-way adjustable aluminium Öhlins dampers and titanium exhaust at £5500 apiece.
What you do get as standard for £85,900 (about four grand more than the outgoing 410 Sport) is up to 96kg of downforce at the car’s unchanged 190mph maximum speed, sports springs (Eibach) and dampers (Bilstein), and features pinched from the GT430 including Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, AP Racing four-piston calipers and an improved version of the Evora’s familiar six-speed manual gearbox.
Superfluous as the prospect might seem, you can still choose a six-speed torque converter for £2000 more, but while it’s 0.1sec quicker to 60mph at 3.9sec, top clip drops to 171mph, weight and emissions go up and it misses out on the manual’s Torsen limited-slip differential.