The new 2016 Lotus Evora 400 is now officially in production. The first example just rolled off the assembly line at the company’s plant in Hethel. The vehicle in question, finished in metallic black, was driven off the assembly line during a small celebration attended by senior management, manufacturing, and engineering staff. This specific model will be used as promotion car.

"Today is a very significant stage in our long term plan, which we set out more than a year ago. With the first Evora 400 coming off the line, we have achieved a key milestone for Lotus," said Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus. “None of this would be possible, of course, without the confidence and commitment of our workforce who, with great skill and talent, hand build every Lotus car at Hethel," he added.

Evora 400 deliveries for European markets will commence in August 2015, while China and North America will receive their batch of sports cars starting early 2016. The Evora 400 will be the only model Lotus will offer in the U.S. for the 2017 model year.

Developed to replace the 2013 Lotus Evora S, the Evora 400 uses a revamped supercharged, 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 400 horsepower and 302 pound-feet of torque. It needs 4.1 seconds to hit 60 mph and lapped the Hethel test track in 1:32 minutes. That’s 0.3 and six seconds faster than its predecessor, respectively.

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Why it matters

The fact that Gales describes the event as a "key milestone" for Lotus is more than just PR talk. The brand has been struggling financially for many years and the Evora 400 might just be the little flicker of light Lotus is hoping to see at the end of the tunnel. Though it’s way too early to say that the Brits have finally reached solid ground, the Evora 400 could be the beginning of a strong revival. Both the Evora and the 2016 Lotus 3-Eleven will play a key part in the brand’s future, as will the much-rumored 2018 Lotus SUV. What matters here is that the 400 is a significant improvement over its predecessor and that Lotus will continue to sell cars in the U.S. after it almost abandoned this market.

2016 Lotus Evora 400

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Find out more about the Lotus Evora 400 in our detailed review here.

Press Release

In a small celebration with a selection of senior management, manufacturing and engineering staff, the first new Lotus Evora 400 has driven off the assembly line at Hethel.

Jean-Marc Gales, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus plc, says, “Today is a very significant stage in our long term plan, which we set-out more than a year ago. With the first Evora 400 coming off the line, we have achieved a key milestone for Lotus.”

Jean-Marc Gales continues, “None of this would be possible, of course, without the confidence and commitment of our workforce who, with great skill and talent, hand build every Lotus car at Hethel.”

The new Lotus Evora 400 laps the Lotus test track at Hethel six seconds faster than the previous Evora S in a time of 1 minute 32 seconds. Combining high performance with the legendary Lotus benchmark handling, it is faster and dynamically more capable than the previous Lotus Evora leading to greater agility and a more involving drive.

Maximum speed is 186 mph (300 km/h) and acceleration 0-60 mph is just 4.1 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds). Over two thirds of the Lotus Evora 400 is new, including its supercharged and charge-cooled mid-mounted 3.5-litre V6 engine producing 400 horsepower and 410 Nm of torque. A new aluminium chassis incorporates a new interior and the lightweight composite body has changed significantly both front and rear.

The new Evora 400, which was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March, will enter production for European markets in the summer and deliveries will commence in August this year. China and North American markets will receive the Evora 400 as a 2017 model year in early 2016.

The first Lotus Evora 400, finished in metallic black is destined to be a promotion car for Lotus.

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