What makes a Lotus… a Lotus? Well, it always has to do with getting the vehicle even lighter than before, but this time around the range topping version of the Evora also bumps up the power.
Lotus engineers have one credo – anything can be trimmed to lose even more “fat” – but we hope they’re all not as thin as the bamboo tree… Anyways, since the automaker has a new parent, they must be working even harder to prove their worth – because anyone else would think the 400-horsepower (298-kilowatt) Evora 410 was more than enough light and power to satisfy your performance cravings. Now Lotus is officially revealing the Evora GT430, which is of course lighter and even more powerful – and only comes in 60 examples.
The main course of action is the supercharged six-cylinder engine bumped to 430 hp (320 kW) and 325 pound-feet (440 Newton-meters) of torque, meaning the Evora GT430 is the most powerful street Lotus in history. It will sprint to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in just 3.7 seconds, and then won’t stop until it maxes out at 190 mph (305 kph). There are four optional dynamic driving modes – “Drive,” “Sport,” “Race,” and “Off” – allowing drivers to fiddle with the new variable traction control function, which is embedded with the ECU, with five pre-set traction levels of slip coming from 1 percent to 12 percent will be shown in the instrument screen.
Six-speed manual with Torsen-type limited slip differential, super lightweight forged aluminum wheels, as well as the signature lightweight credo are also on the menu. The GT430 tips the scales at just 2,755 pounds (1,258 kilograms) dry, which is a drop of 155 pounds (70 kilograms) compared to the 410 GP, meaning it’s also the lightest Lotus ever constructed. New, bare carbon fiber body panels are helping but also working with the aero mathematics – there’s up to 551 pounds (250 kilograms) of downforce.