Lotus Evora 400 Driven On The Track: Video
Lotus needs the 2016 Evora 400 to be good, really good, and going by this new video from Sport Auto it looks like Lotus may have pulled off something special. It’s not a new model, but it’s been so heavily revised over the regular Evora that Lotus is pretty much pitching it as one. It’s also one of the first models to be developed under the stewardship of new Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales.
At the hands of Sport Auto test driver Christian Gebhardt, the Evora 400 is a weapon. It stays stable when bouncing over curbs, but is also willing to kick its tail out for some sideways maneuvering fun. And what’s more, that’s a real-live six-speed manual transmission Christian is shifting. Have we really gotten to the point where it’s weird to see manual transmissions in videos like this? Maybe. The Evora 400 is available with six-speed auto too.
Despite the Toyota-sourced engine, the Evora 400 definitely doesn’t sound like your average Camry. The raspy 3.5-liter supercharged V-6 rips, snorts and howls its way around the Lotus test track in Hethel and does a damn good sonic impression of engines with more exotic origins. Rated at 400 horsepower, hence the name, it’s good enough to propel the Evora 400 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 186 mph. It represents an improvement of 0.3 seconds and 8 mph over the old 2013 Evora S. Out on the track Christian manages to hit an impressive 158 mph.
Turn up the speakers for this one, click play, and then continue reading to catch our full review of the 2016 Lotus Evora 400.