New 2018 Lotus Evora GT410 features optimized aero, less weight

Lotus' Evora line is beefed up with improvements on a winning formula


Launched ahead of its 70th year anniversary celebration, Lotus has revealed the new Evora GT410 Sport, a refined take on one of Lotus' success stories. Available in both 2 seat and 2+2 configurations, and in manual and automatic transmissions, the Evora GT410 Sport draws from the Evora GT430 to provide advanced aerodynamics to an already celebrated sports car.

Employing key elements of the GT430’s sculptured body style, including specifically designed new composite front and rear body panels, but without some of the high downforce elements, the new Evora GT410 Sport enjoys a far subtler and sleeker silhouette. The Evora GT410 Sport is powered by a specially calibrated and tuned higher-output version of Lotus’ supercharged, 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine, producing 410 hp at 7000 rpm and 310 lb-ft of torque from 3500 rpm. It powers the GT410 Sport from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds in automatic, and the manual version in 4.0 seconds.

Optimizing mass was a priority in development of the Evora GT410, resulting in an unladen weight of 1,297kg and a dry weight of 1,256kg, a total savings of 98kg when compared to the Evora 400, and up to 28kg less than the already impressive Evora Sport 410. As with all high-performance Evoras, carbon fibre plays a considerable role in the car’s construction. Standard carbon composite components include the front access panel, roof panel and a one-piece louvered tailgate with integrated spoiler, as well as the elements within the front air blade system and rear wheel exit ports. The revised front panel features two enlarged carbon fibre ducts, with integrated air blades, to efficiently move air around the front wheels reducing turbulence and decreasing drag. Additional downforce is created by the combination of the deep front splitter and new motorsport-derived rear diffuser, mounted beneath the new style metal mesh grille which gives a cleaner finish. Sculptured carbon fibre ducts behind each rear wheel vent high pressure air as quickly as possible from the rear wheel arches, balancing downforce.

On the inside, the steering wheel, dashboard, door panels, transmission tunnel, centre console and instrument cluster are all trimmed in black Alcantara, complemented by contrast twin color stitching. Optional Sparco race seats are available in both 2+0 and 2+2 configurations and an integrated 7” touch-screen infotainment system with AppleCarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth functionality, satellite navigation and reversing camera can also be specified. As with its Evora stablemates the Evora GT410 Sport cabin includes Lotus’ beautifully detailed carbon race seats (2+0 configuration only) and carbon door sill inserts.

Launching the new Evora GT410 Sport, Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc said, “We are continually exploring new ideas, innovating and evolving our cars in pursuit of perfection. The new Evora GT410 Sport takes the lessons learnt from the development of the GT430 to deliver something outstanding and highly capable.”