The Evora goes to China with 400 horsepower and loads of carbon-fiber

The Lotus Evora is already ten years old as of 2019, but it’s still going strong. Although Lotus is working on a successor, the current Evora is still being used as a base for special-edition sports cars. The latest model is called the GT410 and was unveiled in China, at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. This isn’t the first Evora to sport a "GT410" badge — a one-off was built for the Jim Clark Trust Foundation in 2018 — but it’s the first production run to feature the nameplate.

The Evora GT410 is heavily based on the GT430 Sport

The 2019 Lotus Evora GT410 Brings Redefined Performance to China
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The "GT410" badge on the rear fascia is the only feature that sets this sports car apart

Although the GT410 name is new, the car isn’t. The GT410 is heavily based on the GT430 Sport, which is essentially a slightly more aerodynamic GT430 without the big rear wing. The GT410 features revised aerodynamics, new lightweight elements and also ditches the rear wing.

The GT410 features a new composite front and rear fascia, but this doesn’t change the car’s appearance. The same goes for the slightly larger carbon-fiber ducts in the front bumper and the ducts behind each rear wheel. The diffuser is also identical to the GT430, with a big center-mounted exhaust flanked by a two-piece diffuser with three fins on each side. All told, the "GT410" badge on the rear fascia is the only feature that sets this sports car apart from the GT430 Sport.

The Lotus Evora GT410 is not the most powerful Evora available

The 2019 Lotus Evora GT410 Brings Redefined Performance to China
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The V-6 mill is rated at 400 horsepower and 302 pound-feet of torque

The GT410 features the familiar, supercharged, 3.5-liter V-6 engine that powers a wide range of Lotus sports cars. The mill is rated at 400 horsepower and 302 pound-feet of torque, which means the GT410 is just as powerful as the Evora 400. And it’s not the most powerful Evora yet. The Evora Sport 410 comes with 410 horsepower, while the Evora GT430 cranks out a solid 430 horses and 325 pound-feet of torque. As a result, it’s not the most powerful either. The sprint to 60 mph takes 4.1 seconds, on par with the Evora 400 and a tenth-second slower than the Evora Sport 410. Compared to the Evora GT430, the GT410 is almost a half-second slower.

Engine 3.5 litre V-6
Max power at 7000 rpm 400 HP @ 7,000 RPM
Max torque 410 Nm @ 2250 and 7000 RPM
0-100 km/h 4.2 s
Max speed 280 km/h
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Unladen weight 1368 kg
Cd 0.35
Downforce 96 kg
Power-to-weight ratio (unladen) 292 hp / tonne
Frontal area 1.91 m2

While it’s not notably less powerful than other Evora models, the GT410 is notably heavier. Tipping the scales at 1,368 kg (3,016 pounds), the GT410 is 110 kg (242 pounds) heavier than the GT430. It’s also 14 kg (31 pounds) heavier than the Evora 400 that features the exact same engine.

Despite this, the GT410 remains an enthusiast sports car that will probably make a big impression in China.

Lotus offers the GT410 with a six-speed automatic and a chassis that’s ready for track duty thanks to gear like Bilstein dampers, Eibach springs, and Michelin Pilot 4S tires.

The Lotus Evora GT410 is a nice place to spend time in

The 2019 Lotus Evora GT410 Brings Redefined Performance to China
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A track-oriented sports car, the Evora isn’t exactly comfortable when compared to a sedan, but it’s not a bad companion for short and medium trips. It even has a seven-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth functionality, satellite navigation, and an available reverse camera. The steering wheel is wrapped in leather and Alcantara, while most of the dashboard, door panels, and center console are trimmed in Alcantara. The Sparco race seats, the carbon-fiber door sills, and the magnesium steering wheel are reminders that the Evora is ready for track duty.

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The Lotus Evora is one of Lotus’ success stories – a multi-award-winning sports car with a global following - and the new Evora GT410 refines this further through the application of enlightened design, high aerodynamic downforce and benchmark handling. Available with Lotus’ quick shifting automatic transmission, the Evora GT410 draws upon world class aerodynamic expertise to provide advanced aerodynamics to an already celebrated global sports car.

Employing a sophisticated sculptured body style, including specifically designed new composite front and rear body panels, the new Evora GT410 enjoys a subtle and sleek silhouette. As with all Lotus sports cars, aerodynamic downforce is a requirement and this new GT-class coupe generates up to 96kg of downforce setting the standard when compared to its rivals.

The Evora GT410 is powered by a specially calibrated and tuned higher-output version of Lotus’ supercharged, 3.5-litre 6-cylinder engine with integrated water-to-air charge cooler, producing 298 kW (405 PS, 400 hp) at 7000 rpm and 410 Nm of torque from 2250 rpm. Combined with the lightweight, the Evora GT410 reaches 100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds.

The development of the new Evora GT410 afforded Lotus the opportunity to optimise mass, resulting in an unladen weight of only 1,368 kg.

Lotus Evora GT410 in more detail

Lotus’ newly defined GT-class sports car is worth as the company’s headline model. The 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 motorsport-derived rear diffuser, mounted beneath the metal mesh grille giving a clean and pure finish. Sculptured carbon fibre ducts behind each rear wheel vent high pressure air as quickly as possible from the rear wheel arches, balancing downforce front to rear.

Cumulatively this all works to produce 96 kg at the top speed of 280 km/h with low drag of 0.35, making the Evora GT410 one of the company’s most aerodynamically efficient road cars for downforce to drag.

The high-tech aluminium bonded and extruded chassis is lightweight and stiff and supremely strong with a torsional stiffness, of 27,000 Nm / degree. As the pioneer of carbon fibre in Formula 1, this lightweight material plays a considerable role in the car’s construction with a number of standard carbon composite components such as the elements within the front air blade system and rear wheel exit ports, with options including the front access panel, roof panel and one-piece louvred tailgate with integrated spoiler. All this contributes to the low mass of 1368 kg (unladen).

This focus on the car’s critical mass helps to deliver its headline power-to-weight ratio of 292 hp / tonne and acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds.

Standard suspension set-up uses Bilstein® dampers and Eibach springs and Michelin Pilot 4S tyres to provide the perfect balance of handling without sacrificing and comfort.

The Evora GT410 benefits also from phenomenal stopping power which comes courtesy of AP Racing four-piston calipers front and rear with lightweight 2-piece cross-drilled and ventilated brake discs (front 370mm x 32mm, rear 350mm x 32mm).

The Evora GT410 is available with a six-speed automatic transmission, with ultra-fast shifting through the gears, via lightweight aluminium paddles mounted to the steering wheel.

The new Evora GT410 features four driver selectable ESP modes – selected via a dashboard switch. ‘Drive’, ‘Sport’, ‘Race’ and ‘Off’. Sport and Race settings increase throttle response, respectively increasing traction slip - allowing the driver a finer degree of control before intervention.

For more of a track and sport bias, Michelin Pilot Cup 2 tyres (235/35 R19 at the front and 285/30 R20 at the rear) with a sports suspension package of Eibach ultra-light, low-sideload springs and Bilstein sports dampers are available as options.

Reducing un-sprung mass, ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels (19" 8J front and 20" 9.5J rear 10 spoke alloy wheels) are available as an option in either silver or matt black.

Evora GT410 cabin is the perfect blend of performance materials with race details with Sparco race seats and carbon door sill inserts. The lightweight magnesium steering wheel is trimmed in black leather and Alcantara®, with black stitching and and blend perfectly with Alcantara® trimmed dashboard, door panels, transmission tunnel, centre console and instrument binnacle. An integrated 7” touch-screen infotainment system with AppleCarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth® functionality, satellite navigation and reversing camera can also be specified.

The new Lotus Evora GT410 can be ordered now.

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