Lotus has revealed a new version of the Evora called the GT410, which it says offers “exceptional value for money.”
If you think the GT410 name is familiar, that will be because of the GT410 Sport, which is already on sale. The new GT410, however, is a cheaper yet better-equipped model designed to be more of an “every day” car.
The word ‘cheaper’, though, is used advisedly, because everything is relative in the world of high-performance sports cars. At £82,900 in the U.K. (€99,900 in Germany), the GT410 is hardly Renault Clio money, but it is £3,000 (€11,000 less in Germany) cheaper than the GT410 Sport.
Nevertheless, the GT410 turns many of the gizmos sold as options on the Sport model into standard fixtures. That means you get Sparco seats and air conditioning thrown in, as well as a reversing camera. There’s even an infotainment system with satellite navigation and the Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity software, as well as a DAB radio.
And in its quest to improve the Evora’s road car credentials, the GT410 comes with extra sound proofing for reduced road noise and arm rests in the doors. There’s even a selection of storage bins to make it more practical, while the rear window has been enlarged to improve visibility.
Under the skin, Lotus has tweaked the damper settings to create a “more compliant” ride over the lumps and bumps found on normal roads. And the alloy wheels, which measure 19 inches at the front and 20 inches at the rear, are shod with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S all-weather tires for better year-round usability.
All this comes in addition to the features already found across the Evora range. Red AP Racing brake calipers and silver or gloss black V-spoke cast alloy wheels, were already part of the deal, as were cruise control, heated seats, and rear parking sensors.
Before taking the plunge with the GT410 model, though, customers might want to know that Lotus has also upgraded the GT410 Sport with some of the more comfortable car’s upgrades. The more focused version retains the Sport damper settings, but it does now benefit from the Sparco seats, air conditioning, and satellite navigation system.
And as before, both cars come with a 3.5-liter supercharged V6 engine, complete with 410 bhp and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. Working with a six-speed manual gearbox in the GT410, that’s enough to get from a standstill to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h), although the lighter Sport model is slightly faster (0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds). Both cars come with the option of a six-speed automatic gearbox, too, but that blunts the top speed by 12 mph (19 km/h).
The Evora GT410 is available to order now.
Gallery: 2020 Lotus Evora GT410
LOTUS LAUNCHES NEW EVORA GT410 WITH IMPROVED USABILITY, NEW LEVELS OF COMFORT AND EXCEPTIONAL VALUE FOR MONEY
- Evora expands to become two-model range with arrival of new Evora GT410
- Priced £82,900, it’s £3,000 less than the GT410 Sport and represents exceptional value for money
- Sells alongside Evora GT410 Sport, which also benefits from revised specification
- Enhancements to standard spec and options on Lotus Elise and Exige also announced
(Hethel, UK – 29 January 2020) – Lotus has launched a new version of the Evora – the GT410. As a second model in the range it sells alongside the Evora GT410 Sport, which also benefits from a revised specification.
The Evora GT410 features an enhanced standard spec over the GT410 Sport, providing owners with improved usability and a new level of driving comfort. Numerous features have moved from the Evora options list to become part of its standard specification. Costing £3,000 less than the GT410 Sport, that means it delivers exceptional value for money
The new Lotus Evora GT410 is designed to be a more usable ‘every day’ car. It comes with Sparco sport seats and air-con to create a more comfortable environment for occupants, while a reversing camera improves safety during low-speed manoeuvres. A premium infotainment system with sat-nav and Apple CarPlay is now standard and includes DAB digital radio for the first time. Increased cabin sound insulation for reduced road noise and improved refinement will further improve the listening experience.
The GT410’s door trims now feature integrated arm rests and storage bins for greater comfort and practicality. Exterior paint colour choices have been revised to include new options, including some historic shades from Lotus’ past.
The car has a revised damper rate compared with the GT410 Sport. While it still delivers an outstanding performance-oriented experience, this creates a more compliant ride for improved real-world comfort. The use of Michelin Pilot Sport 4S all-weather tyres means better all-year usability, while a new rear tailgate features a large glass section for improved rear visibility.
The above upgrades are in addition to the Evora’s already high level of standard equipment. These include a body-colored roof, side sills, tailgate, front access panel and mirror backs, red AP Racing brake callipers and silver or gloss black V-spoke cast alloy wheels, 19-inch at the front and 20-inch at the rear. Interior equipment includes cruise control, heated seats, rear parking sensors.
Amazingly, with a UK price of only £82,900 (€99,900 in Germany), the GT410 is £3,000 less than the GT410 Sport (€11,000 less in Germany) so delivers exceptional value for money.
The Evora GT410 Sport remains the most driver-focused and lightweight choice in the Lotus Evora range. Its standard specification has also been revised; upgrades include the integration of Sparco sport seats, air-con, and a premium infotainment system including DAB digital radio, sat-nav and Apple CarPlay.
Lotus has also announced new ways for customers to enhance the specification of the Elise and Exige, including the reintroduction of the optional Touring and Sport packs. Touring enables the customer to add in comfort and convenience options to create a more desirable ‘road spec’ car, while Sport is based on the more driver-focused features that appeal to those who want to drive in a more spirited way, such as at track days.
DAB digital radio is available as part of the Touring pack on each car, or can ordered as a stand-alone option. The audio system also now features two extra speakers. Revisions have been made to the interior colour choices, which will default to match the exterior body colour. These exterior colours have also been revised to feature new choices.