Lotus has promised to unveil two new supercars at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. While speculations remains strong on the second model, the first one has been anticipated today. It will be the Evora Sport 410, an improved Evora 400.
The Evora uses a 3.5 Toyota V6 with an Edelbrock supercharger, but the Sport 410 is only 8 kW stronger than the 400 (306 kW versus 298 kW), but is 70 kg lighter. Instead of the 1,395 kg unladen weight of the 400 manual version, it weighs 1,325 kg. The automatic version weighs 1,337 kg, against 1,407 kg of the 400. It is 4.39 m long, 1.85 m wide, 1.23 m tall and has a wheelbase of 2.58 m.
Ironically, the automatic version is slightly faster than the manual: 4.1 s from 0 to 100 km/h, while the manual does the same in 4.2 s. Its top speed, on the other hand, is lower than the manual’s: 280 km/h versus 300 km/h. These numbers are very similar to the ones presented by the 400. The main difference is related to aerodymic downforce: 37 kg for the 410 and 32 kg for the 400. This may be useful on track. In real life, this could not be enough for the Evora Sport 410 to sell well. Considering it will have annual limited runs of 150 units, it might be just right.