Geneva Motor Show 2015: Lotus Evora 400

Lotus has revealed a fully reworked Evora ahead of the Geneva Motor Show next week. Aiming to revitalise Lotus’ sales, the Evora 400 is a major rework despite the car looking mostly the same as before.

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The ‘400’ name comes from the new power output of the 3.5 litre supercharged V6 engine – now making 400 bhp, quite a jump from the previous 345 bhp. With the 22 kg lighter kerb weight the performance is suitably increased; 0 – 62 mph takes 4.1 seconds on the way to a 186 mph top speed. The engines power increase is thanks to a bigger supercharger, more efficient intercooler and improvements to the ECU. The shift action of the six-speed manual gearbox has been improved while the optional six speed automatic gearbox has a sportier shift strategy.

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The most noticeable change to the Evora 400 is the new body styling. The new nose adds larger intakes and vents with new DRLs and mesh grilles. The rear gets a new diffuser with a 3-inch diameter tailpipe and a new 3-part rear wing, while the wheels are a new design and lighter than the old items. We’re not sure the new styling is an improvement though. It may be aggressive, but it has lost the subtle beauty of the old Evora and we worry it will date quickly.

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Though not instantly noticeable, some of the most important changes are actually under the skin and inside the Evora 400. Access was always a problem as the Evora shared the bonded aluminium chassis design with the Elise and Exige models, which meant it had very wide and high sills. This made it very awkward getting in and out, which really hampered its chances against the Porsche Cayman. Well now the sills are 43 mm thinner and 56 mm lower, meaning access should be massively improved. There is a new dashboard as well featuring improved ergonomics and design.

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We really hope the changes are enough to garner the Evora a few more sales. In the UK it has been a sales disaster, but the US has seen more success. The £70,000 price tag puts it in a very strong price bracket now, featuring cars like the Cayman GTS so we hope it’s a stunning drive. Source: botb.com

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