Sadly, it's not amphibious.
The Esprit S1 aka “Wet Nellie” was made famous by Roger Moore in the James Bond movie “The Spy Who Loved Me” celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. On this occasion, Lotus has decided it would be nice to honor the custom-built amphibious Esprit by doing a one-of-a-kind Evora Sport 410 featuring design cues influenced by Agent 007’s part car, part submarine.
Starting on the outside, the color-coded front bumper gives the lightweight sports car a new look in line with the Esprit S1, while the one-piece tailgate made from carbon fiber is part keyed white “to give the illusion of a traditional liftback,” according to the peeps from Norfolk. Rounding off the exterior tweaks are the special badges on the B pillar along with a black coach line reminiscent of the Esprit S1.
The tie-up between the two cars continues on the inside where the unique Evora Sport 410 has a Tartan trim on the carbon fiber sports seats and red stitching throughout the cabin.
That’s about it in terms of changes, so the car utilizes the same Toyota-sourced supercharged 3.5-liter V6 engine with 410 horsepower (306 kilowatts) and 310 pound-feet (420 Newton-meters) of torque. All that power is channeled to the wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox, but on the regular Evora Sport 410 you can opt for a six-speed automatic transmission as well.
Since this one has the manual, it means the sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) takes 4.2 seconds, thus making it a tenth of a second slower than the auto-equipped version. On the flip side, the manual has a higher top speed of 190 mph (305 kph) vs. 174 mph (280 kph).
Lotus is making only 150 units of the hardcore Evora Sport 410 each year and will have it on sale in North America this spring.
If you’re wondering what happened to the actual Esprit S1 from the movie, Tesla founder Elon Musk bought it in September 2013 for £616,000 (fees included) or $997,000 at the exchange rate applicable at that point.
Gallery: Unique Lotus Evora Sport 410 honoring James Bond's Esprit S1
UNIQUE LOTUS EVORA SPORT 410 HONOURS ICONIC ESPRIT S1
• Unique, one-off Evora Sport 410 created by Lotus Exclusive
• Tribute to one of Lotus’ most famous liveries
• Lotus Sport 410 sales success continues
Representing the state of the supercar art, a one-off Evora Sport 410 has been commissioned through Lotus Exclusive as a tribute to one of its most famous ancestors, the Lotus Esprit S1.
Launched in October 2016, the Evora Sport 410 has wowed motoring press and customers with its combination of effortless pace and intuitive handling. With production limited to just 150 examples a year worldwide, the build schedule is filling up fast.
The benchmark was set by the original Lotus Esprit S1 as seen in the Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and Lotus’ in-house personalisation department has crafted a special, one-off Evora Sport 410 in commemoration.
Combining the latest in Lotus engineering with period details, the new pure-bred supercar takes design cues from the iconic Esprit and integrates them into a car with class-leading performance. Packing 410 hp into a car that weighs just 1,280 kg, it sprints from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 secs.
Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc said, “So many of us recall the impact of the Lotus Esprit when it hit the big screen in The Spy Who Loved Me, and we wanted to honour that with a special Evora Sport 410. It’s the perfect tribute to such an influential Lotus, but a world away in terms of its abilities and performance. Supremely fast and agile, rivals’ cars look overweight and underpowered in comparison. Lotus was founded on the principle of lightweight engineering and, even today, nobody does it better.”
The work of the in-house personalisation department, Lotus Exclusive, this one-off Evora Sport 410 features many unique design touches. A special, colour-coded bumper modifies the car’s front end, while the one-piece carbon-fibre tailgate is part keyed white to give the illusion of a traditional liftback. In addition to a black coach line, delineating the car’s waist, it sports a bespoke badge script on the B pillar - in the style of the original Esprit’s graphics.
Nods to the Lotus Esprit S1 from The Spy Who Loved Me continue inside, with the insert panels of the carbon-fibre sports seats and door cards trimmed in the popular heritage Tartan, while red contrast stitching complements the Alcantara® dashboard and console finish.
Beneath the personalisation, this unique car retains all the engineering elements that make the Evora Sport 410 so formidable. From the supercharged, 3.5-litre 6-cylinder, engine, producing 410 hp at 7000 rpm and 420 Nm of torque at 3500 rpm, to the highly advanced aerodynamics, which deliver up to 64 kg of downforce, it’s designed to deliver both on road and track.
The Evora Sport 410 remains refined on B-roads, but blisteringly fast when needed. The use of hand-made carbon fibre components has been key in keeping mass to a minimum, with each specifically designed to enhance the car’s performance. Covering the car from nose to tail, they include front splitter, revised front access panel, roof section, tailgate, rear quarter panels, as well as the rear diffuser.
These lightweight carbon components not only reduce the kerb weight of the Evora Sport 410 but also help lower the centre of gravity, allowing for the recalibration of the suspension which, along with re-valved dampers and a reduced ride height, provide better body and roll control - but not at the expense of comfort and composure.
This one-off Evora underlines the work of the increasingly popular Lotus Exclusive service. Combining traditional British craftsmanship with modern design, it inspires buyers to spend time tailoring the character of their Lotus with a comprehensive array of options. Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc continued, “Our customers have really embraced the Lotus Exclusive service, with 25% of new cars undergoing some form of personalisation. It is well established that Lotus cars come with benchmark performance as standard. Now, thanks to the skilled team at Hethel, responsible for hand building all Lotus cars since 1966, you can specify a Lotus that perfectly reflects your personal tastes.”
The Lotus Evora Sport 410 is limited to a global production run of one-hundred and fifty vehicles per year, and is on sale in Europe and rest of world markets now. A Federal version of the Evora Sport 410 for the North American market will arrive this spring.