The sports car tops out at 196 mph (315 kmh).
Just when you thought Lotus was all out of ideas for special editions, the company today announced the new GT430 Sport. If that nameplate sounds familiar, it’s the second offering in the GT430 range following the standard GT430 that was first introduced in July – and it's even faster.
Available in both automatic and manual, the GT430 Sport is meant to appeal to a wider range of customers; the standard GT430 comes with a manual gearbox only. The Sport trim also does away with many of the racy exterior features, including the massive rear wing and the aggressive front diffuser, but keeps performance add-ons like the AP Racing brakes, the two-way adjustable Ohlins dampers, and the Torsen limited-slip differential.
Power comes courtesy of the same 3.5-liter supercharged V6, producing 430 horsepower (320 kilowatts) and 325 pound-feet (440 Newton-meters) of torque, allowing it the ability to sprint to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in just 3.6 seconds, slightly quicker than the standard model, which does it in 3.7 seconds. The six-speed automatic gearbox has been optimized for ultra-fast shifts, and comes paired to lightweight aluminum paddles.
With a carbon fiber build, and the departure of the rear wing, the GT430 Sport tips the scales at just 2,751 pounds (1,248 kilograms) dry, making it 22 pounds (10 kilograms) lighter than the standard model, and giving it a power-to-weight ratio of 345 hp per ton. Top speed sits at 196 mph (315 kmh), making it the fastest Lotus production car ever built, and downforce remains at an impressive 220 pounds (100 kilograms) at 190 mph (305 kmh), even without all the added aero bits.
Gallery: 2018 Lotus Evora GT430 Sport
The cabin follows a similar lightweight theming, with new Sparco racing seats wrapped in a mix of leather and Alcantara. The steering wheel, dash, door panels, transmission tunnel, and center console also come with the same black leather and Alcantara mix. Lotus even offers an optional integrated touchscreen infotainment system with iPhone connectivity, Bluetooth, satellite navigation, and a reverse camera.
"The Evora GT430 already has cemented its place as a true collector’s car, but we know that many of our customers want the option of choosing a less aggressive version, with the same power, but without some of more arresting design and aero elements," said CEO Jean-Marc Gales. "With the Evora GT430 Sport, we have responded to this demand to add to the whole range of thoroughbred Lotus cars that are great on the track as well as supremely capable on the road."
The new Lotus Evora GT430 will start at £104,500 ($136,000) in the U.K.
Following the stunning debut of the Lotus Evora GT430, Lotus has introduced an expanded Evora GT430 line-up designed to appeal to a wider range of customers who want the ultimate in high performance sports cars.
Adding to the acclaimed Evora 400 and Evora Sport 410 models, the new Evora GT430 range now includes two body options and a choice of manual or automatic transmission. Joining the recently announced Evora GT430 is the Evora GT430 Sport, a new member of the family that carries the same phenomenal firepower and sculptured body-style but without the additional downforce-creating aerodynamic elements. Both models are powered by the same 3.5-litre V6 supercharged and charge cooled engine, producing 430 hp and 440 Nm of torque (Automatic version: 450 Nm).
Without the aerodynamic elements, the Evora GT430 Sport weighs 10kg less at 1248 kg (dry), bringing the power-to-weight ratio to 345 hp / tonne and the top speed to 196 mph (315 km/h) making it the fastest Lotus production car ever.
The Evora GT430 is differentiated from the Evora GT430 Sport through the inclusion of motorsport derived aerodynamics provided by a carbon fibre splitter, a large, profiled carbon wing and louvers on top of each front wheel arch which reduce pressure within the front wheel arches together with wider wheels and tyres.
Automatic transmission will be available from January 2018 for both the Evora GT430 body configurations. With 10 Nm more torque (450 Nm), the Automatic version is even quicker, with a 0-60 mph time of 3.6 seconds. The six-speed automatic transmission utilises an optimised gearbox ECU for ultra-fast changes, whilst gear selection is made via lightweight aluminium paddles mounted to the steering wheel.
Boasting a high specification, the new Evora GT430 range includes, as standard, Öhlins TTX two-way adjustable dampers, J-grooved and ventilated brake discs - paired with AP Racing four-piston calipers all round, a Torsen-type limited slip differential (LSD) and an adjustable traction control system.
Announced last month, the Evora GT430 has already proved a knock-out success. Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc said, “The Evora GT430 already has cemented its place as a true collector’s car, but we know that many of our customers want the option of choosing a less aggressive version, with the same power, but without some of more arresting design and aero elements. With the Evora GT430 Sport, we have responded to this demand to add to the whole range of thoroughbred Lotus cars that are great on the track as well as supremely capable on the road.”
Lotus Evora GT430 line-up in more detail
The new Evora GT430 Sport makes full use of carbon fibre to help hit its low kerb weight. This means that standard components include full carbon front and rear bumpers, front access panel, roof panel, rear quarter panels as well as a one-piece louvered tailgate with integrated spoiler.
The whole of the Evora GT430 range also benefits from advanced aerodynamics, including two enlarged carbon fibre front ducts, with integrated air blades, to efficiently move air though to the front wheel cavities and reduce turbulence created by the wheels. The curved rear edges of the front wheel arch panels also play a role, channelling air along the side of the car, while sculpted ducts behind each rear wheel vent airflow as quickly as possible from the wheel arches, balancing downforce. As a result, the Evora GT430 Sport generates up to 100 kg of downforce at 196 mph, some 56% more than the Evora Sport 410. The Evora GT430 generates up to 250 kg of downforce at 190 mph.
Jean-Marc Gales continued, “This is a car that epitomises a purity of engineering that many car manufacturers fail to match. Lotus founder, Colin Chapman not only pursued lightweight design, and pioneered the use carbon fibre in F1, but he also led the way in the field of aerodynamics in road and race cars. The Evora GT430 range continues this legacy, combining our expertise in highly efficient engineering and aerodynamics with more power and torque to provide one of the most rounded and rewarding driving experiences on the road or track.”
Once inside, the use of visible-weave, carbon composite components continues. These include Lotus’ beautifully detailed carbon race seats, new carbon door sills and a new lightweight carbon instrument binnacle cover with a new design of graphic on the instrument panel. The steering wheel, dashboard, door panels, transmission tunnel and centre console are all trimmed in a combination of black Alcantara® and perforated leather, complemented by contrast twin colour stitching, in red and white, and matt black interior panels.
An integrated touch-screen infotainment system can be specified, including iPod® connectivity and Bluetooth® functionality, satellite navigation and reversing camera.
The variable traction control function, standard on all models, is linked directly to the ECU and allows the amount of wheel slip to be set by the driver whilst in ‘Race / Off’. The Evora GT430 has 10 mm wider Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres with 245/35 R19 at the front and 295/30 R20 at the rear, on one inch wider 10.5J rear wheels – these are optional fit for the Evora GT430 Sport.
Every new Lotus Evora GT430 Sport can be personalised through the increasingly popular Lotus Exclusive programme. Developed by the Lotus Design team to inspire customers, it combines traditional British craftsmanship with the best of modern design, and allows owners to tailor vehicles to their personal taste. Since its introduction last year, roughly a third of all new Lotus cars now undergo some form of customisation.
The new, fully homologated Lotus Evora GT430 range is available in two-seater configuration only and can be ordered now.