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Lotus Previews 2016 Evora 400

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On: Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 4:19PM | By: Carl Malek


Lotus Previews 2016 Evora 400

Despite a recent wave of uncertainty about not only the top management, but the survivial of Lotus as a whole, the company has announced that it will travel to the 2015 Geneva Motor Show to introduce the 2016 Evora 400 Coupe, which will be the most powerful car the company has ever produced in its iconic history.

The exterior styling of the Evora 400 is a drastic evolution from the lines that came to define the previous generation Evora, and allows the car to undertake a more aggresive tone. The front fascia, a good example of this newfound performance intent, ditches the more organically sculpted lines of the old Evora in lieu of a new bumper, beefy air dam, and slick LED daytime running lamps. While the overall presentation is a bit unbalanced, considering that the headlights are carried over from the old design, it is still a solid attempt at making the Evora's face standout more from the crowd. Meanwhile, the rear fascia is more sculpted in overall apperance and features a pair of round tail lamps as well as a three-piece rear wing for added downforce. Rounding out the package are sporty wheels with 19-inch units up front, and slightly bigger 20-inchers at the rear.

The aluminium chassis beneath the new suit of clothes has been extensively reworked to help sharpen the Evora's handling behavior; it also helps the coupe boast a featherweight 3,119 lbs when equipped with the standard issue manual transmission. This is about 48 lbs less than its predecessor, but those that choose to equip it with the optional automatic will see overall weight slightly increase to 3,128 lbs. Regardless of which transmission is ultimately chosen, buyers will be rewarded with a whole new level of performance when they take the Evora 400 through its paces on twisty roads or a track day.

As the latter half of its name implies, power is the headline feature of this car, and it is delivered thanks to a supercharged 3.5-liter V6 which is good for 400 horsepower and 302 lb-ft of torque. The numerous upgrades to the engine, as well as the stronger performance figures, allow the Evora 400 to make the sprint to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds before reaching a final top speed of 186 mph. As a neat bonus, Lotus claims that the Evora 400 can complete a lap around its England-based test track a full six seconds faster than the model it replaces, which is a brief but compelling glimpse into its track-slaying capabilities.

Lotus engineers designed the Evora 400 to comply with U.S. regulations and hopes to have the car on sale at showrooms in the near future. Lotus claims that the expected increase in demand for the rebooted Evora will help the firm kickstart production with the number of cars produced increasing from 45 cars a week to a significantly higher 70 cars a week by later this year. Lotus has so far not released pricing information for the new Evora, but expect that particular piece of information (as well as final fuel economy figures) to be released closer to its official launch.

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