The Lotus Evora 400, Lotus’ fastest ever production car, is starting its migration from its nest in England, venturing out across the countryside and across the Channel to Europe before summoning up its strength to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
The first hand-built Evora 400s were driven off the assembly line early in September, destined for dealerships across the UK and mainland Europe. The trip across the ocean is planned for early 2016, as a 2017 model.
The Evora 400 is two-thirds changed from its predecessor, including a new supercharger for the mid-mounted 3.5-litre V6 that now produces 400 hp and 302 lb.ft. of torque. Combine that with a weight of just 1,395 kg (42 lighter than the Evora S) and you’re ready to launch to 100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds. Top speed is rated at 300 km/h. Braking is entrusted to 370mm discs from AP Racing.
And of course, there’s the legendary Lotus handling, arising in this case from racetrack tuned fully independent double wishbone forged aluminum suspension, with Eibach springs and dampers, and anti-roll bars.
Standard equipment on the two-plus-two coupe includes a limited-slip rear differential, climate control and satellite navigation. A push-button automatic transmission (with paddle shifters) is optional, as is cruise control, Alcantara and Leather interiors, and metallic body paint.
A Black Pack option package provides gloss black finishes on the roof, sills and centre section of the three-element rear wing, dark cabin headliner, and forged alloy wheels with optional yellow or black brake callipers.
Prices are pegged at $89,900 US (roughly $120,000 Canadian), which is the least expensive in the world behind the Europe (€96,000; $142,000), UK (£72,000 or $145,000 Cdn), Japan (¥13,200,000; $147,300) and China (1,318,000; $275,400)