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2016 Lotus Evora 400

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  • Lotus Evora 400
  • Year:
    2016
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  • Engine:
    V6
  • Transmission:
    Six-Speed Manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    400
  • Torque @ RPM:
    302
  • Displacement:
    3.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.1 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    186 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    89900 (Est.)
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Lotus is at a crossroads, as it needs to keep expenses low but it also needs to update its aging lineup before the public forgets it even exists. And when the British automaker was forced to stop selling the Evora in the U.S. because of noncompliant airbags, the company had to redesign its only U.S.-spec model or essentially die in the American market. And redesign it did, with the introduction of the more-powerful 2016 Evora 400.

With a hefty power boost and refreshed fascias, the new Evora 400 appears primed to do battle with the newly released 2015 4C and 2016 Cayman GT4. But the real test is whether the world will notice that the Evora 400 even happened, or if buyers will continue flocking to Porsche and Alfa dealers for their lightweight sports cars.

Updated 11/05/2015: Lotus dropped a new video showing its latest Evora 400 in action on the track. Being 92 pounds lights and 55 horsepower more powerful than the previous Evora, the new 400 version lapped the test track at Lotus HQ, Hethel in just 1 minute and 31 seconds — a full 7 seconds quicker than the previous model.

Continue reading for my full review to see what I think.

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The Lotus Evora GT410 Sport is a Sportier, Lighter Replacement for the Sport 410

The Lotus Evora GT410 Sport is a Sportier, Lighter Replacement for the Sport 410

Coming to the U.S. this summer

Introduced in 2009 as the company’s flagship sports car, the Evora received its first significant update in 2015, when it was renamed the Evora 400. In early 2016, Lotus launched the Evora Sport 410, a lighter, quicker, and more powerful version. Two years have passed and the Evora Sport 410 is being retired, making way for a revised variant called the GT410 Sport. Slotted below the GT430, a model introduced in the summer of 2017, the GT410 Sport boasts minor improvements over its predecessor. And it’s coming to the U.S. later this year.

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2017 Lotus Evora GT430

2017 Lotus Evora GT430

It’s the fastest, lightest, and most powerful road-going Lotus ever created!

Feast your eyes on this beauty. This is the new Lotus Evora GT430 and it’s the fastest, lightest, and most powerful road-going Lotus ever made. That’s a lot of superlatives right there, and for good reason. No other production Lotus in the company’s long and proud history can match wits with the Evora GT430, and that includes the Evora 410, the predecessor to the GT430 that also held all those titles before the Evora GT430 came along.

There are a lot of reasons to get excited about Lotus’ new baby, not the least of which are the distinctions that it already has. In addition to that, though, this two-seater sports car is also going to be a lot more exclusive than any special edition Lotus Evora before it. Only 60 units are planned for the model. Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales calls the Evora GT430 “a true track-and-back sports car,” and there’s really no reason to argue those sentiments. It looks like an all-conquering roadster, has a surprisingly posh interior, and packs enough power to reach speeds in excess of 190 mph. Really, what more do you want out of a Lotus that the Evora GT430 doesn’t provide?

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The Lotus Evora Sport 410 GP Edition Brings the Iconic JPS Livery to the U.S.

The Lotus Evora Sport 410 GP Edition Brings the Iconic JPS Livery to the U.S.

Vintage Formula One goodness in a modern package!

Redesigning the Evora is one of the best decisions Lotus has made in recent years. Now equipped with everything it needs to be road-legal in the U.S. once again, the Evora returned with new looks and a more powerful engine. Making things that much hotter, Lotus also launched theEvora 410 with additional carbon-fiber parts and ten extra horsepower for a higher power-to-weight ratio. The standard model was followed by several special-edition models, including the classic-inspired Esprit S1. Now, Lotus is paying tribute to its glorious racing past with the Evora Sport 410 GP Edition.

Developed specifically for the U.S. and Canada, the GP Edition is a throwback to the company’s Formula One cars from the 1980s. Although it had significantly more successful periods in the 1960s and 1970s, winning seven constructors’ championships, Lotus turned to the 95T, 97T, and 98T race cars from the mid-1980s for inspiration. What’s so special about them you ask? For starters, they ere driven by legendary pilots such as Nigel Mansell and Ayrton. Second, and more importantly in this context, all these cars sported the now iconic John Play Special livery in black with gold accents.

Just like the F1 cars, the GP Edition is finished in black with certain elements highlighted by gold. The bright color can be seen in the form of stripes on the beltline and side skirts, on each side of the front hood bulge, and on the C-pillars and the engine cover. The wheels have matching accents, while the "Evora 410 Sport" lettering on the rear fascia is also in gold. Other than that, the GP Edition is a standard Evora Sport 410, but this livery should be enough to get enthusiasts excited. I know I’d order one if I had the dough...

And the Evora 410 is nothing to sneeze at either. Fitted with numerous carbon-fiber elements on the outside, including the front splitter, roof, rear diffuser, and tailgate, the 410 is not only more aerodynamic, but lighter than the Evora 400 too. Overall, Lotus shaved 154 pounds off the standard model, while increasing output from 400 to 410 horsepower and 302 pound-feet of torque. Able to hit 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds, the Evora 410 is the first of its kind to do so in less than four clicks. It’s also quicker around the Hethel test track too, reducing the Evora 400’s benchmark by three seconds. The Evora 410 is also six seconds faster than the Elise Cup 250, essentially a full-blown race car.

Plenty of reasons to add a Formula One livery right?

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2017 Lotus Evora Sport 410 "Esprit S1" Edition

2017 Lotus Evora Sport 410 "Esprit S1" Edition

British automaker pays tribute to one of James Bond’s most iconic cars

For those of you who were old enough to have seen the 1977 James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me, you might remember the Lotus Esprit S1 from the film. It’s hard to forget considering that at one point in the movie, it turned into an actual submarine. It also carried torpedoes, water mines, and surface-to-air missiles. These features cemented it as one of the most iconic movie cars of all time, let alone one of the most famous cars James Bond has ever used. Fast forward to 2017, and we have Lotus releasing the Evora Sport 410, a one-off creation that celebrates the 40th anniversary of Bond’s Esprit S1 in a rather spectacular style.

Off the bat, it’s important to establish that taking the Evora Sport 410 on a dive into the ocean isn’t going to end well for the driver. So no, the one-off Esprit S1-inspired Evora Sport 410 does not have submarine capabilities. While we’re at it, the coupe also doesn’t have missiles or torpedoes, nor does it have a cement sprayer or a black dye slick. Better get those facts out of the way before somebody starts expecting the Evora Sport 410 to carry WMDs. We all know how that turned out the last time.

The good news is that Lotus did well for itself to justify the Evora Sport 410’s one-off status. The coupe is dressed heavily on special edition touches, thanks in large part to the involvement of Lotus Exclusive, the automaker’s very own personalization division. Beyond the cosmetics and aerodynamic touches on the coupe, the Evora Sport 410 retains one of its most imposing features: a 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 410 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Combine those numbers on a coupe that weighs just 1,280 kg (2,820 pounds) and you have a sports car that pays homage to one of the most iconic Bond cars in history the proper way.

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2016 Lotus Evora 400 Carbon Pack

2016 Lotus Evora 400 Carbon Pack

Lotus’ only sports car for the U.S. market gets Sport 410-inspired optional upgrade

In 2014, following a disastrous year financially, Lotus embarked on a new quest to save itself from extinction with Jean-Marc Gales at the helm. One of the first products to relaunch the brand was the Evora 400, essentially a revised, lighter, and more powerful version of the sports car first introduced in 2009. The Evora 400 also marked Lotus’ return to the U.S. after withdrawing from the market following the previous Evora failing to comply with safety standards. For 2017, the British firm introduced the special-edition Evora 410, which features additional carbon-fiber body parts and lighter drivetrain components.

It’s been less than six months since the Evora 410 made its public debut, and Lotus is now offering another upgrade for the base model. Dubbed Carbon Pack, this new bundle adds a number of components already fitted to the Evora Sport 410 as standard, making the 400 lighter than what you get from the factory. Exhaust and battery upgrades are also available, shaving even more pounds of the Evora’s already lightweight design.

"The Lotus Evora 400 is already the lightest car in its segment, with super car performance, benchmark handling and the purity of the driving experience expected of a Lotus. We are now giving customers an opportunity to drive an even lighter and more responsive car," said Lotus CEO, Jean-Marc Gales.

What’s more, alongside the Carbon Pack, Lotus also announced that the Evora 400 is getting new convenience features. But more about that, as well as everything you need to know about the new options bundle, in our detailed review below.

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2016 Lotus Evora 400 Blue & Orange Edition

2016 Lotus Evora 400 Blue & Orange Edition

Fan chosen livery, limited to only 10 units

The Evora 400 was introduced at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show as the first major performance update since the nameplate’s introduction back in 2009. Important upgrades include a new front end that gives the sports car a more aggressive appearance, a more pronounced rear spoiler, lighter wheels, and enhanced aerodynamics. Inside, the coupe sports lighter seats, a lightweight magnesium steering wheel, and high-grade materials such as Alcantara and Scottish leather. The supercharged, 3.5-liter V-6 engine was upgraded to 400 horsepower and 302 pound-feet of torque, a 55-horsepower and seven-pound-foot boost compared to the previous Evora S. In 2016, Lotus introduced the Evora Sport 410, a slightly more powerful version with bespoke features.

2016 also marked the introduction of the Lotus Exclusive program, which allows buyers to customize their sports cars with various exterior paints, stripes, and cabin accessories. To highlight this new service as well as mark the 50th anniversary since the founding of the Lotus Factory and Headquarters in Hethel, Norfolk, the British brand launched the limited-edition Evora 400 Blue & Orange.

The special sports car was designed with help from fans across the world, who were invited to pick their preference from a selection of carefully selected designs of modern interpretations of classic automotive color combinations, as well as some established Lotus liveries.

"Any one of the designs in the poll would have been a worthy winner. So now that the poll has finished and with thousands of votes cast, we have decided that the winner will make it into production. We only plan to build 10 of these Evora 400 sports cars in total so with their rarity, I expect them to quickly become very desirable," said Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus.

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2016 Lotus Evora 400 Hethel Edition

2016 Lotus Evora 400 Hethel Edition

The Brits celebrate 50 years since moving to Hethel

Founded in 1952, Lotus Cars was originally situated in old stables behind the Railway Hotel in Hornsey, North London. The company moved to a purpose-built factory at Cheshunt in 1959 and in 1966 it began developing and building its cars at a modern facility in Hethel, Norfolk. In 2016, the British firm celebrates 50 years since moving to Hethel and it has created a special-edition Lotus Evora to mark the event. It goes by the name Evora 400 Hethel Edition and will be sold in limited numbers.

Offered in exclusive exterior colors and with a number of bespoke features, this limited-edition Evora won’t be the only vehicle celebrating Lotus’ move to the Hethel facility.

"The Evora 400 is the latest in a long line of world-beating sports and racing cars to have all been hand built in Hethel over the last 50 years. We are immensely proud to be part of the community and it is entirely fitting that this limited edition be dedicated to our home. We’re looking forward to celebrating our connections to Norfolk throughout 2016, and more Lotus Hethel Anniversary news will be announced soon," said Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus.

There’s no word whether the Hethel Edition will cross the pond to the United States, but until Lotus reveals more information, let’s have a closer look at the brand’s latest sports car based on the quick and light Evora 400.

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Lotus Eyeing Detuned Version Of Evora In The US Market

Lotus Eyeing Detuned Version Of Evora In The US Market

Automaker has to abide by America’s tough emissions rules

After a short hiatus from the U.S. market, the Lotus Evora is expected to make a nice comeback, albeit in a slightly different form from the ones being offered in Europe today. A report from Automotive News is pointing at a May 2016 return for the Evora 2+2. The only caveat is that it’s going to be a detuned, entry-level version of the V-6-powered Evora 400. Before anybody starts slamming their fists on the table, it’s important to know that the decision to bring a detuned version of the Evora hinged primarily on Lotus having to meet America’s emissions requirements.

So it’s not all bad. Lotus is just trying to follow the rules, even if it comes at the cost of offering an Evora with less power. The upside is that it’ll have better fuel economy. Just as important, the Evora has since been updated from the last iteration that was sold here to ensure that it complied with the stricter airbag regulations.

Now, about that engine. Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales intimated to Automotive News the company’s goal of dropping its carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. by three percent per year over a five-year period. For Lotus to make that work, it would have to offer a detuned version of the Evora 400, which would entail dropping the sports car’s supercharger entirely. Doing so would reduce the V-6 engine’s power, but it would also improve fuel economy and in turn, help the company achieve that five-year emissions goal it placed on itself.

Granted, Gales admitted that the supercharger-less Evora is just one of the options he’s looking into. But it is a scenario that’s more realistic than removing the supercharged V-6 entirely and replacing it with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. That door is less likely to be opened because the company doesn’t see the short- and long-term benefits it could have on the Evora.

For now, this news is a matter of taking the good with the bad. The good news is that the Evora’s vacation from the U.S. market is over. The bad news is that it’s really not going to be the Evora 400 that Europe and other markets currently have. But I’m sure American customers would learn to accept that, especially if the U.S.-spec Evora, especially if it comes at a much cheaper price than the $90,000 price tag of the Evora 400, and if it will also come with a roadster variant in 2017.

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2017 Lotus Evora Sport 410

2017 Lotus Evora Sport 410

The Evora just got lighter, quicker, and more powerful. And it’s coming to the U.S.!

For many years, Lotus sports cars have been developed on the same recipe that involves creating a lightweight, agile model and then updating it by "adding" more lightness. This is how the Elise and Exige have become increasingly quicker without major power upgrades, and that’s exactly what Lotus just did to the range-topping Evora 400. For the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the Brits gave the Evora a special-edition treatment that includes loads of carbon-fiber, an uprated engine, and a 0-to-60 mph sprint that makes it quicker than any non-Turbo Porsche 911 Carrera out there. It goes by the name Evora Sport 410, it will be built in limited numbers, and more importantly it will cross the pond to the United States later in 2016.

"We couldn’t help ourselves, and many may have guessed what we were planning following our recent announcements. We wanted to make the Evora even better: lighter, faster and sharper, but our team has exceeded our expectations," said Group Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales. "Lotus has distilled what makes the Evora so special into something that’s even more focused. The result is dynamically excellent and nothing short of superb."

The Sport 410 update comes only 12 months after the revised Evora 400 made its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor and is the fastest and most nimble Evora launched to date, lapping the company’s Hethel test track significantly quicker than the standard model. Of course, the Sport 410 is about more than just extra horsepower and speed, but you’ll have to keep reading to find out more about that.

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Lotus Drops New Details On All-New Elise And Evora 400 Roadster

Lotus Drops New Details On All-New Elise And Evora 400 Roadster

Lotus may not be as busy as some of the bigger automakers, but the sports car company has been doing work in reinventing its own lineup. And if CEO Jean-Marc Gales has his way, the model range of Lotus will look entirely different from the one it has today.

Speaking with Auto Express, Gales dropped some new details on a handful of Lotus’s models, including the upcoming Elise and a roadster version of the Evora 400. Development for the new Elise is considered to be one of Lotus’s highest priorities, at least right next to its promise of releasing a new SUV by 2020. Since the Elise is considered as one of the company’s most important models, Gales wants it to remain fit for the role. That’s why the all-new Elise, which is scheduled to launch in 2019, will be developed to fit the role of an every-day vehicle. Thinking about such a role for the Elise runs counter to the spirit of the vehicle as a lightweight sports car, but Lotus believes that it could package the new Elise with the kind of handling characteristics that would make it suited for everyday use.

The new Elise will also feature a new aluminum-bodied chassis that Gales described as having “narrower sills” to improve access. Just as important will be its weight, something that Lotus is determined to also help the car’s handling dynamics. Gales didn’t say how much lighter the new Evora is going to compared to the existing model, but he did say that shaving off pounds will be one of the new model’s defining characteristics when it hits markets in 2019.

In the mean time, Lotus is also working on launching a topless version of the Evora 400, a car that the company debuted at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. With a hefty power boost and refreshed fascias, the Evora 400 is expected to set its sights on both the Alfa Romeo 4C and the Porsche Cayman GT4. Well, if Lotus has its way, a roadster version of the sports car could arrive as early as late 2016, packing all sorts of goodies like a two-part carbon-fiber roof that can be removed manually.

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2016 Lotus Evora 400

2016 Lotus Evora 400

Lotus is at a crossroads, as it needs to keep expenses low but it also needs to update its aging lineup before the public forgets it even exists. And when the British automaker was forced to stop selling the Evora in the U.S. because of noncompliant airbags, the company had to redesign its only U.S.-spec model or essentially die in the American market. And redesign it did, with the introduction of the more-powerful 2016 Evora 400.

With a hefty power boost and refreshed fascias, the new Evora 400 appears primed to do battle with the newly released 2015 4C and 2016 Cayman GT4. But the real test is whether the world will notice that the Evora 400 even happened, or if buyers will continue flocking to Porsche and Alfa dealers for their lightweight sports cars.

Updated 11/05/2015: Lotus dropped a new video showing its latest Evora 400 in action on the track. Being 92 pounds lights and 55 horsepower more powerful than the previous Evora, the new 400 version lapped the test track at Lotus HQ, Hethel in just 1 minute and 31 seconds — a full 7 seconds quicker than the previous model.

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Lotus CEO Unveils Future Plans

Lotus CEO Unveils Future Plans

After two difficult years during which it almost went bankrupt, Lotus is finally back on track with a new model for 2015 and two more to follow in 2016. A crossover, Lotus’ first effort in this nice, is also scheduled to arrive by the end of the decade, but according to brand CEO Jean-Marc Gales, there more to come from the Hethel-based automaker.

Speaking to Dutch outlet De Telegraaf, Gales disclosed that the Exige and the Elise are also in for updates by 2017. A new Exige — to replace the current S V6 model, launched in 2012 — will arrive in late 2016, while the new Elise will be launched sometime in 2017 (likely in the second half of the year). The current 2011 Lotus Elise is already 14 years old and received its latest upgrade in 2011.

Gales also confirmed that the 2017 Lotus Evora 400 Roadster will break cover in early 2016, while deliveries of the recently unveiled 2016 Lotus 3-Eleven sports car will commence in February. Finally, the brand’s first crossover will hit dealerships sometime in 2019.

Gales declined to comment as to what upgrades the new Exige and Elise will receive, but I expect significant changes in the design and drivetrain departments. Also, there’s no word on whether these sports cars will make it to the U.S.

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Lotus Evora 400 Driven On The Track: Video

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.

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2017 Lotus Evora 400 Roadster

2017 Lotus Evora 400 Roadster

Lotus was in big trouble a couple of years ago, struggling with net losses of more than $250 million a year. That’s when Jean-Marc Gales stepped in as CEO and the British finally began to move in the right direction. Gales’ new strategy included a redesign of the Evora, which allowed Lotus to continue its operations on U.S. soil. Now, only a few months before the new 2016 Lotus Evora 400 goes on sale nationwide, Gales confirmed there’s also a roadster version on the way.

The convertible sports car will cross the pond to the U.S. six months after the coupe, which means a launch date is expected sometime in June 2016. When it arrives, the Evora 400 Roadster will join a market that already includes two remarkable sports cars, the 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder and the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, both newly introduced for the 2016 model year. As it stands, Lotus won’t have it easy, but despite rough competition, Gales still hopes the new roadster will be as popular as the coupe.

There aren’t many official details to run by here, but the car is not much of a mystery. Moreover, Gales was kind enough to provide just about enough info on the Roadster to allow us to put together a rendering of the car, as well as a speculative review on what it might bring to the table.

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Lotus Evora Roadster To Arrive Stateside in Mid-2016

Lotus Evora Roadster To Arrive Stateside in Mid-2016

The updated 2016 Lotus Evora 400 has yet to cross the pond to the U.S., but Lotus has already confirmed a roadster version is also underway. Speaking to Automotive News, Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales said Lotus will bring a drop-top version of the Evora 400 to the U.S. six months after the coupe launches on this side of the Atlantic.

Since the newly introduced Evora 400 will arrive in U.S. dealerships in December 2015, it’s safe to assume the roadster will hit these shores by June 2016.

"The roadster is the quintessential U.S. car. We are betting heavily on Florida and California with it," said Gales, who expects U.S. demand for the open-top Evora 400 to match that for the coupe. That’s about 500 units a year for each version.

Gales went on to confirm that the roadster will feature a two-piece, Targa-style carbon-fiber roof that can be stowed behind the seats. Though he refrained from disclosing other details, it’s safe to assume the roadster will be identical to the coupe from the top down, including the engine. As a reminder, the Evora 400’s supercharged, 3.5-liter V-6 is good for 400 horsepower and 302 pound-feet of torque and pushes the coupe from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 186 mph.

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Lotus Confirms Evora 400 Roadster And 4-Eleven

Lotus Confirms Evora 400 Roadster And 4-Eleven

Lotus has made a lot of promises over the years that it hasn’t delivered on at all; the company is basically the alcoholic dad of sports car manufacturers. But Lotus has been under new management lately, with boss Jean-Marc Gales at the job for just over a year. And so far, Gales seems to be delivering. We recently got the 2016 Lotus 3-Eleven and things certainly appear to be on track for the upcoming 2018 Lotus SUV, painful as that might be for some to accept.

Gales recently sat down with Top Gear Magazine to talk about where the company is headed. A couple of very interesting things came out of this too; mainly the revelation that an Evora 400 Roadster is coming and that there are plans for a 4-Eleven in two years. That same year will also see a new Exige, an evolution of the current design, and Gales promises that all of the cars in the lineup will continue to get faster and lighter. The Evora 400 Roadster will have two removable roof sections in the usual Lotus fashion, but here they will be carbon fiber and weigh just 3kg (6.6lbs) each. No details yet on the 4-Eleven.

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First Lotus Evora 400 Rolls Off The Production Line

First Lotus Evora 400 Rolls Off The Production Line

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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Lotus Moves Its U.S. Headquarters; Evora 400 Arrives At The End Of 2015

Lotus Moves Its U.S. Headquarters; Evora 400 Arrives At The End Of 2015

After struggling to turn the corner on sales and profitability, it looks as though Lotus is on the mend, as it recently announced that the 2016 Lotus Evora 400 will make its way stateside. Delivery is scheduled for December of this year, and vehicles sold will fall under the 2017 model year.

The good news follows a brief hiatus last year, when Lotus put a halt on deliveries as it performed an extensive company-wide restructuring. The announcement coincides with a recent shakeup of Lotus’ U.S. operations, as it moves its headquarters from Lawrenceville, Georgia, to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where it will set up shop next to Lotus Engineering, Inc.

Lotus said that moving its U.S. headquarters will allow for growth of both individual operations, with streamlined efficiency thanks to shared business functions across both divisions. 

Jean-Marc Gales, CEO at Group Lotus Plc, commented that as the largest sports car market in the world, North America was particularly important to the brand, both in terms of sales and engineering consultancy. The move to Michigan will put Lotus in close proximity to some of the biggest U.S. automakers, reaffirming Lotus’ position with “...improved customer service, better technical and consultancy support, while ensuring that we have access to a skills base not found anywhere else in the territory.” 

He also said that Lotus is expected to make further rapid developments in North America. The automaker currently has 47 dealers here, with several more slated to open in the future.

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Lotus Evora 400 Laps Hethel Track In 1:32 Minutes

Lotus Evora 400 Laps Hethel Track In 1:32 Minutes

The 2016 Evora 400 has just become the fastest Lotus on the brand’s Hethel test track, the British company announced today, claiming the new sports car bested the benchmark of its predecessor by no fewer than six seconds. Driven by Gavan Kershaw, technical manager for Lotus Motorsport, the Evora 400 lapped the course in 1:32, compared to the Evora S’ time of 1:38. Lotus says Kershaw used a "standard road specification prototype running on road tires and with standard road suspension." However, the British company doesn’t explain what "prototype" actually means and whether a production unit would be able to obtain the same benchmark.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to say Lotus is pulling tricks here, but I’ve seen too many record-setting cars not being able to deliver the same numbers in production-spec form. (I’m looking at you Bugatti Veyron and Nissan GT-R Nismo.)

Anyways, Lotus brags that the six-second improvement is due to the extra 55 horsepower injected into the Evora 400’s engine, the 48.5 pounds shaved off the previous car, and the improved traction from the new limited-slip differential. In all, the six-second lap update seems plausible.

"Internally, we all knew that the Evora 400 would be capable of exceeding expectations. Our initial pre-production tests provided immense confidence and a six seconds lap time advantage at Hethel. Our commitment to reducing weight to create a lightweight and efficient supercar has paid off," said Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales.

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Lotus Plans Evora Roadster And 2-Eleven Successor

Lotus Plans Evora Roadster And 2-Eleven Successor

Five years after the debacle set into motion by then CEO Dany Bahar, Lotus is finally beginning to find its footing again. Bahar stood in front of a crowd of journalists at the 2010 Paris Motor Show and introduced five new models, all of which ended up as vaporware. Soon after, Bahar was politely asked to leave and Lotus has been pretty stagnant ever since.

Current Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales has been at the helm for about nine months now, and during a recent chat with our friends at Top Gear, he laid out long- and short-term plans for Lotus that offer good reason to be optimistic about the future of the company.

In the short term, and on the heels of the recently unveiled Evora 400, Gales says Lotus will introduce an Evora Roadster, which should be sales booster, in about two years. The Evora’s sophisticated aluminum platform still has plenty of life left in it, and it will also spawn a few new track-oriented derivatives. "The Evora tub meets regulations until 2020 and we will likely stay with aluminum beyond that,” Gales told Top Gear. “It’s similar weight and strength to carbon fiber but one-third of the cost."

Gales says there’s also been a decent amount of demand for a successor to the 2-Eleven track-day car. He promises the new car will be both lighter and more powerful. Using the same 400 horsepower V-6 from the Lotus 400 and weighing less than 2,000 pounds, he promises it will be the fastest road car around the Nürburgring. You definitely can’t accuse the guy of not being ambitious.

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Spy Shots: Lotus Evora Facelift Caught Testing Before Geneva Debut

Spy Shots: Lotus Evora Facelift Caught Testing Before Geneva Debut

Lotus has teased that it would be announcing something exciting and new at Geneva, and it seems that we now know what it is bringing. While many Lotus fans were hoping for a new car, it seems that all we will be getting is refreshed Evora. If you need proof, just take a look at these new shots from our spy photographers. They caught a new Evora covered from head to toe in camo running around the streets of Britain.

Lotus is strapped for cash, so the changes seen are minor. The bumper has been refreshed slightly, and the side sills look to have been altered. The new shape may make it a touch easier to get in and out of the car. The headlights also look to have been slimmed up just slightly. Curb weight should get cut, and the Toyota V-6 engine should be massaged to produce just a touch more power. New exhaust and a revised intercooler should help with the boost in performance.

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Lotus Announces "Exciting Reveal" For 2015 Geneva

Lotus Announces "Exciting Reveal" For 2015 Geneva

If you are a fan of the house that Colin Chapman built, I have some news that will potentially bring you great joy. Lotus has sent out a new press release teasing that the company will reveal “an exciting new car” at the Geneva Motor Show in March. No information is given, but the company assures us that the new machine will “will remain true to its core pillars of lightness, performance, and driving purity by embodying all of them in a most desirable package.” We can only hope.

Lotus is coming off a great year, with a 54-percent sales increase over the last nine months compared to the previous year, but that still only equates to 1,565 cars sold.

Now if it seems like I am apprehensive and dismissive about this piece of news, it is because I haven’t forgotten the Paris Motor Show display of 2010 where Lotus announced five all-new concepts that were slated to hit production that included new Elan and Esprit models. Since that time, every single one of those models has been scrapped. While there is a chance that this new success will see Lotus reveal an all-new car that will light the fire of every sports car enthusiast, the likely story is that the long rumored refresh of the Evora will be the news; once again crushing my little Lotus dreams.

I am hoping for the best, but don’t be surprised when an Evora with a new bumper arrives in Geneva.

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Lotus Evora Family Will Include a Crossover and a Roadster

Lotus Evora Family Will Include a Crossover and a Roadster

It’s official; nothing is sacred any more. Lotus has plans to release an Evora-based crossover. Yep, Lotus, the famed brand that produces small quantities of track-focused, super lightweight cars is building a crossover. It’s almost worse than Porsche, BMW, and even Lamborghini getting into the crossover/SUV business. Nevertheless, the vehicle is already underway, so we might as well accept it.

The news comes from the U.K.’s CAR magazine, which reportedly had a privileged conversation with Lotus boss Jean-Marc Gales last month and is releasing the news just prior to its print publication hitting newsstands.

According to CAR, Lotus is wanting to “expand the appeal of its niche sports car into territories where pumped-up, tougher cars reign supreme,” listing China and the U.S. as the main targets. While it’s true that crossovers do well in those countries, Lotus’ upcoming model won’t live up to even the softest of soft-roaders. It will offer only rear-wheel-drive. A raised ride height and beefier styling will be its only crossover tie-ins. What’s more, the crossover will get an even sportier “track special” model.

In other news, Lotus announced it will release a refreshed Evora (sports car) at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Gales says, “it will be lighter and it will be faster: there’s nothing this side of £100,000 that will beat it on a track.” Revisions will include a lower and narrower doorsill for ease of entry and added power with charged intercooling. There may even be a convertible Evora on the horizon.

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Dubai Gets a Lotus Evora Ambulance

Dubai Gets a Lotus Evora Ambulance

You’ve probably heard about some of the crazy cars that Dubai deploys for law enforcement; standouts include the Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari FF, and even a Bugatti Veyron. Nevermind issuing speeding tickets to billionaire oil tycoons, what if you find yourself in need of prompt medical attention? Fear not, because the latest addition to this fleet of outrageous public service vehicles is the Lotus Evora Ambulance. Obviously, in this group, the term “first responder” is taken to a whole new level.

According to the UAE publication The National, special on-board equipment includes the usual ambulance affair: splints, cardiac defibrillators, and oxygen bags, plus a “mobile data terminal” to keep track of important patient medical information. Additionally, a pair of Mustangs will compliment the 160-mph Evora. Thanks to a better power-to-weight ratio and increased handling capabilities, officials hope the sports car ambulances will help cut average response time down from eight minutes to under four.

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Lotus Evora Will Return to the U.S. in 2016

Lotus Evora Will Return to the U.S. in 2016

You may have read the news last week that Lotus was killing its only remaining road-legal model here in the United States. There were a lot of sad faces around the U.S., but considering the car never sold well to start with, I didn’t quite feel the sorrow. Still, if you were one of the Lotus fans who spent the week crying into your ultra-lightweight driving gloves, I have good news for you. According to a report from Jalopnik, the Evora will be back as a 2016 model.

A statement was posted to Lotus Forums, and Jalopnik says that the CEO of Lotus North America, Arnie Johnson confirmed it to be true. "We would like to comment upon the rumours that are circulating on social media and online, Lotus is committed to the North American market and will indeed produce a 2016 Model Year Evora that will be fully U.S. compliant. We will not be producing a 2015 model year Evora, therefore, there will be limited availability of 2014 model year cars over the next few months."

So there you have it, the Evora will be returning, just not next year. Considering Lotus wasn’t going to revise the current car to use the “smart airbags” that would make it U.S. legal again, it is likely that the new Evora will be a highly revised model, if not a new-generation car.

As always, keep your eyes here on TopSpeed.com and we will be sure to pass on all the news as soon as we get it.

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Lotus will Remove the Evora From the U.S. Market

Lotus will Remove the Evora From the U.S. Market

The situation is looking pretty dim for Lotus as the automaker will stop selling the Evora, its only road-legal model in the U.S. This comes after Lotus recently announced plans to “restructure it worldwide workforce,” and that 325 jobs were on the line. What departments those job cuts will come from is still a mystery, but in a workforce that only numbers 1,200, that’s a serious cut.

The Evora’s demise comes thanks to its lack of smart airbags, a requirement for all road-going, U.S.-spec vehicles. While that federal requirement took effect in 2014, Lotus was granted a 12-month exemption from the clause, allowing the company to continue producing its two-seat coupe. With that exemption now expired, Lotus is forced to either re-engineer the Evora with the smart airbag system or discontinue production.

A “highly placed source in a U.S. dealer group” confirmed to Car and Driver that Lotus will not be reworking the car. Therefore, once the remaining stock of 2014 Evoras run dry, Lotus will be left selling its track-only variants of the Exige and Elise inside the U.S.

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2013 Lotus Evora Sports Racer

2013 Lotus Evora Sports Racer

Lotus Evora is now enjoying the success Lotus was hopping for, so the company is looking for solutions to improve its sales. The latest solution found was the addition of a new "Sports Racer" package that was inspired by the Evora GTC that enjoyed a huge success in the MSA British Endurance Championship.

The model is further improving the mid-engined 3.5 liter V6 sports car and will be offered in both naturally-aspirated or supercharged versions. According to the official announcement the new Evora Sports Racer delivers "phenomenal performance, exclusive style, incredible excitement and genuine affordability." The model will be offered with an exclusive exterior color scheme and comes comes fully loaded with all the technologies currently offered by Lotus.

On the British market the new Evora Sports Racer is priced at £57,900 - round $94,300 at the current exchange rates for the naturally aspired version and at £65,900 - $107,300 - for the supercharged one.

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Newly Signed Proton and Honda Partnership Could Return Honda to the Sports Car Realm

There had been some reports floating around that DRB-Hicom was seeking a strategic partnership from a Japanese automaker lately, and we just received word that a deal is now in place. Proton will be teaming up with Honda to develop technology enhancements and a new product lineup, as well as share platforms and facilities.

For the most part, Proton builds cheap econoboxes for the UK market, so the direct team up is really not too inspiring. However, peeling back the skin a little bit, you reveal that this deal will likely include its subsidiary, Lotus. While Lotus would benefit greatly from having the technology that Honda has to offer and some financial relief by building certain components together, we are mostly interested in what this deal could potentially bring Honda.

Honda really doesn’t need Proton, as its econobox lineup is stout, but it is lacking a sports car, ever since the S2000 fizzled out in a fit of torque-lacking rage. With Lotus’ expertise being in the lightweight sports car realm and both Honda and Lotus looking for ways to build sports cars without taking on 100 percent of the risk, a team up between the two would be equally beneficial.

We all heard rumors about the S3000 a few years ago, and Lotus has the perfect line of 3.5-liter, V-6 engines sitting in its Evora lineup. So why not team up on a shared model?

According to reports, DRB-Hicom will be laying out Proton’s business plan next month, which will likely include Lotus updates, so we will keep an eye out for this new business plan, and how Honda and Lotus are involved.

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2013 Lotus Evora S

2013 Lotus Evora S

Lotus may be struggling, but it certainly hasn’t given up on producing high-level sports cars in an attempt to regain the edge it once held in that realm. With much of the dead weight cut from the company, Lotus is ready to move forward and we certainly hope to see big things from it, whether it be under the control of DRB-Hicom and Proton or some other company altogether.

The last new models to successfully reach production phase under the Bahar reign were the Evora and Evora S, which debuted for the 2010 model year. Last year, the models were expanded to include an all-new automatic transmission that could be shifted from auto to manual almost instantaneously. For the 2013 model year, Lotus is expanding the lineup again by including this transmission as an option on the Evora S.

Now that it is four years into its production life, is the Evora S still up to the task of taking on some of the best sports cars the world has to offer?

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Rumormill: Caterham, Not Lotus, Will Join Alpine Project

Okay, so as we all know, the automotive rumormill has a habit of bouncing back and forth before finally resting on the truth. Back in August, we heard a rumor that the Alpine would be built in a joint venture between Renault-Nissan and Caterham. Then just days later, we started exploring the possibility of the Alpine and Infiniti Emerg-E being a Renault-Nissan and Lotus project, given the Emerg-E was already built on the Lotus Evora platform and it would be simpler to build both the Emerg-e and Alpine on the same platform.

Well, it looks as if the Lotus and Nissan talk is done with, as Caterham appears to have swooped in and all but completed a deal with Renault Nissan. Sky News is reporting that Caterham boss, Tony Fernandes, is just about to put ink to paper on a $400 million production deal that will join Caterham and Renault-Nissan at the hip on the Alpine project. The deal would involve a 50-50 split in cost and profits between Renault-Nissan and Caterham.

There is no mention as to whether this will also affect the Emerg-E’s production plans, but chances are that the Emerg-E will remain a Lotus and Renault-Nissan project, since both companies are already so deeply entrenched in the deal.

This also effectively eliminates the chances that the Emerg-E and Renault Alpine will share any significant DNA. It is very doubtful if Lotus would be willing to lend its platform to Caterham for a project that it back-doored from the already struggling sports car builder.

We’ll keep a close eye on this situation because it could boil over into something a little more, as the two rivals compete to snag up a little extra business. The deal is expected to be reviewed on Monday and approved in just a few weeks.

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Could Lotus Have a Hand in the Manufacturing of the Emerg-E and Alpine?

Could Lotus Have a Hand in the Manufacturing of the Emerg-E and Alpine?

When the Emerg-E popped onto the scene during the Geneva Auto Show, us automotive folk were amazed at the technology and potential behind this car. We were also amazed to see a rather familiar platform looking back at us, as the Emerg-E is built on the same platform as the Lotus Evora.

Lotus is no stranger to lending out its platforms and bodies for various performance applications (see: Hennessey Venom GT), but it has never gotten into the actual building phase of these cars. Infiniti has yet to confirm that the Emerg-E for production, but its sister company, Renault, has already announced that the Alpine will go into production, in one form or another.

Since Renault has also made it clear that the Alpine will not be much like its concept and the Emerg-E is already based on a Lotus concept, why not save a little scratch and build both models on the same platform? There is really no reason not to and there is absolutely no way that Lotus would refuse this deal, as it sorely needs a little extra money these days.

Sure, the production level may be low and the income may be limited, but it would at least help put Lotus back into the sports car conversation. In addition to getting its foot back into the sports car door, with the Evora and Emerg-E being range-extended electric vehicles, this could carve Lotus a real nice and potentially profitable niche.

We’ll have to wait and see what comes of this, but the connection is already there, it just needs a little push in the right direction.

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2012 Lotus Evora GX

2012 Lotus Evora GX

Despite the multitude of problems Lotus has been having recently, you have to give their racing division some credit for soldiering on with the continued expansion of their motor sports branch. Following in their involvement with Formula One, Indy Car, and Le Mans, among others, Lotus is venturing into new frontier with their entry into the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series.

The American racing series is organized by the same folks behind NASCAR and Lotus is coming in with the intention of being a contender right off the bat. They even have a car that’s primed and ready for action to any racing outfit looking for a ride: the Evora GX.

The Lotus Evora GX is a race-spec model of the sports coupe that has been customized specifically for the rigors of Grand-Am racing. Among the notable new features of the Evora GX include carbon fiber doors, a roof and engine cover, plexiglass windows, and tinted headlights. The car also comes with a new race-spec aero kit with new parts being fitted in including a new front splitter an bumper, a series-required rear wing, and a new set of wider wheels wrapped in Continental racing tires.

Meanwhile, the interior has been stripped of pretty much everything in favor of all the race-spec requirements, particularly the bucket seats, the roll bars, and the race steering wheel.

One other thing about the Evora GX is the noticeable absence of traction control and ABS, which makes racing in it all the more challenging for the driver. At the very least, though, these guys can rely on the car’s 440-horsepower 4.0-liter V6 engine and its Xtrac sequential transmission to make the drive that much more interesting.

Interested teams looking to use the Lotus Evora GX in their Grand-Am exploits will have to shell out $335,000 for one car.

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2013 Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid

Lotus hasn’t seen a great share of luck in recent years, but in the past few weeks, its luck has taken a slight turn for the better. First came INDYCAR’s approval of desired changes to its IRL engines. Now Lotus is now extending this run of decent luck a little more by announcing that its running prototype for the Evopra 414E hybrid is ahead of schedule and ready for dynamic testing.

Lotus first unveiled the prototype at Geneva in 2010, but it was just that, a prototype. It had no engine or motor driving it; it was essentially just a shell. No one in the automotive world expected anything from Lotus in the next year or so, as it seeks a new CEO, fights a rumored lawsuit from its former CEO, and attempts to right this sinking shop.

It looks like we were all wrong, as Lotus just sent out a press release detailing all of the Evora 414E’s main specifications. So, we did what we do best and used our speculative abilities to put together a review for you to use to make an educated shopping decision, if you are lucky enough to be in the market for this type of car.

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2012 Lotus Evora GTC

2012 Lotus Evora GTC

Lotus Racing has announced the new Evora GTC that will compete in America’s Grand-Am road races: the Rolex Sports Car Series. The car will be driven by British drivers Richard Adams, David Green, and Martin Byford.

The new Evora GTC is based on the Evora GT4 from which it borrows most of the components. However, the GTC is a much lighter model thanks to its new carbon-fiber doors, roof, and engine cover in fiber glass, as well as Plexiglass windows. The car has also been equipped with traction control, BOSCH Anti-Lock Brakes, and a new set of 18" wheels mated to 27/65-18 tires at the front and 30/65-18s at the rear.

Under the hood, the Evora GTC gets the usual 4-liter V6 engine with an output of 450 HP and 324 lbs-ft of torque, linked to an XTRAC six-speed sequential paddle-shift.

"The GTC is quicker than the GT4 Enduro even though the Powertrain remains the same. We’ve managed to reduce the weight, and added ABS and traction control. Wider wheels mean customers now have a much greater selection of tyres they can use, the flared wheel arches accommodate this, which gives the car its visual definition and makes it look more muscular without hampering the aero," said Louis Kerr, senior motorsport engineer, Group Lotus.

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2012 Lotus Evora GTE China Limited Edition

2012 Lotus Evora GTE China Limited Edition

The standard Lotus Evora GTE made its debut last year at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, with an announcement stating that only Europe would be receiving at the moment. With a pout and foot-stomp, the rest of us were left without Lotus’ most powerful road-going model ever. China’s temper tantrum was short-lived, though, as they are now getting their own model: a special Evora GTE China Limited Edition which was revealed at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show.

Lotus’ eminent chassis engineers have adapted the GTE to suit Chinese roads, and the interior comes with more leather and carbon fiber to make it more luxurious inside, without compromising performance at all. Under the hood, Lotus has kept the usual 3.5-liter supercharged V6 engine that delivers a total of 444 HP.

Only 118 examples of the limited edition will be put on sale, making it all the more exclusive and collectable. Each car features a numbered plaque inside, marked with the China Limited Edition insignia.

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Lotus Lockdown: Future models put on hold

When Proton announced they may sell Lotus to a large Malaysian industrial
 conglomerate (DRB-Hicom), everyone knew the future of the Esprit supercar would be in danger, and everyone was right. During a recent interview with British magazine, EVO, Lotus boss Dany Bahar announced that development of all future models, including the Esprit has been suspended.

As a result of the sale, Lotus is taking an NBA type break with a three month "lockdown" - meaning that only normal trading activities could be continued. Translated, this means that the production of the current models will continue at a reduced level, but the development of the future models has been delayed. This decision obviously affects customers because the official market launch of the new Exige S and Evora GTE have been delayed, and we won’t get to see the production Esprit until early 2014.

"This difficult period for Lotus finishes at the end of March and that’s 
when we will know then whether DRB-Hicom will want to continue with our 
business plan," said Bahar. "I really hope they will but I cannot call it at the moment, it’s still 50:50."

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2012 Geneva Motor Show: The Sports Cars and Supercars

2012 Geneva Motor Show: The Sports Cars and Supercars

The Geneva Motor Show never disappoints. Every year, we bear witness to some of the most amazing auto debuts on this event, and this year, it’s no different.

As far as sports cars and super cars are concerned, there were so many eye-popping debuts that literally made our heads spin. German sports cars, Italian super cars, special edition British super cars, and yes, there was even one exotic from Sweden that received an upgrade.

In this section, we’re going to dive into the sports cars and super cars that made their debuts at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The list runs pretty long so we suggest that you start heading over after the jump to check out which of these established brands made quite an impression on us at Geneva.

Find out more about the run-down of sports cars and super cars that made their debuts at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show after the jump.

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2013 Lotus Evora GTE F1 Special Edition

2013 Lotus Evora GTE F1 Special Edition

As rumored for a few weeks now, Lotus has unveiled the Evora GTE F1 Special Edition at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, but we have to admit that we expected something a little more special about a car inspired by F1. The only special thing about this model is its exterior body which has been covered in carbon fiber.

The F1 Evora GTE F1 Special Edition features the Lotus F1 team’s colors and graphics, including a large Lotus insignia on the rear wing and gold finish alloy wheels. There is also a "10" logo on the vehicle to represent the number used by Kimi Räikkönen’s team mate, Romain Grosjean, this season. The carbon fiber finish to the body is highlighted by copper accents to emulate traditional F1 livery and that color scheme gets thrown on the interior with specially trimmed bucket seats with gold piping and exclusive Lotus F1 Team Special Edition appliqués.

The standard Evora GTE is powered by a race-tuned 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers a total of 444 HP, making it the most powerful Lotus road car ever built. That engine seems to be good enough for Lotus because that is exactly what is powering their F1 Special Edition. Performance, however, should be better considering the vehicle has dropped 100kg/220 lbs.

UPDATE 03/08/2012: This review has been updated with details on the Evora GTE F1 Special Edition. Lotus has also unveiled a series of new images for their Lotus Evora GTE F1 Special Edition from the official debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Check them out in the picture gallery provided.

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Lotus will bring Evora GTE Formula 1 inspired edition to Geneva

Just a few days ago, Lotus announced they would be bringing a convertible model to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and we’re betting on it being a convertible version for the Evora. Now the company has announced that their stand in Geneva will be a bit more crowded with the new convertible and the addition of a special edition Evora GTE inspired by the Formula 1 car.

Lotus hasn’t offered any details on the new Evora GTE just yet - surprise, surprise - but the standard Evora GTE is smoking hot and race ready with its carbon fiber front and rear bumpers, a carbon fiber rear wing, and carbon fiber doors. This matches up with a 3.5-liter V6 engine delivering 444 HP for a delectable combination. Whatever Lotus does to the new special edition will just be icing on the cake.

More details about the Lotus Evora GTE Formula 1 Special Edition will be unveiled on March 6th during its official launch at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, so stay tuned!

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Video: The Lotus Club GT introduces itself

Video: The Lotus Club GT introduces itself

Group Lotus has announced the start of one of the world’s most elite clubs – the Lotus Club GT. This special club was created to bring together people with a passion for Lotus and motorsport for a racing driver program that is unique, unforgiving, and unforgettable.

All you need to enter this amazing club is to be the owner of one of Lotus’s premium race-bred models – the Evora GT4 and Evora Enduro with club specification. Club events come courtesy of the marque’s professional works drivers and the Lotus F1 Team. Club GT will ensure members get the most from their cars and from themselves, and become legends in their own lifetime.

The club was officially inaugurated at this week’s Autosport International Show at the Birmingham NEC that started on January 12, 2012. The perfect place to enjoy bucket seats, carbon-fiber and the smell of burnt rubber.

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2012 Lotus Evora GTE

2012 Lotus Evora GTE

The Evora GTE Concept’s engine is still a bit warm from its 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance debut, and Lotus is already revving up the production version for the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Evora GTE road car was originally designed as a special limited edition for the Asian market, but Group Lotus has decided to expand its production to meet demand and reach further markets.

The Evora GTE is powered by a race-tuned 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers a total of 444 HP, making it the most powerful Lotus road car ever built. It also delivers a comfortable and refined element to its high performance driving characteristics.

Commenting on the Evora GTE road car, Group Lotus CEO Dany Bahar said: "The response to this model in China has been so incredible, within days we had sold out with 114 orders. In response we decided that the only logical step from a business perspective was to increase production and widen our reach.

"What is unique about this car, is not just that it’s a serious race car – it’s a serious car. People get so excited when they see and especially hear it for the first time. It’s a very special car and will appeal to a very special type of driver – and they won’t be disappointed!"

UPDATE 09/13/2011: The new special edition Evora GTE has finally been unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show today. The new model comes with carbon fiber front and rear bumpers, a carbon fiber rear wing, and carbon fiber doors. This measure, next to the lightweight Recaro carbon fiber seats, help to reduce the total weight by 231 lbs.

UPDATE 12/19/2011: Lotus has dropped new images of the special edition Evora GTE - and we have to admit it looks great in yellow. See all of the images in our picture gallery!

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2012 Lotus Evora GTE by Swizz Beatz

2012 Lotus Evora GTE by Swizz Beatz

The evolution of the Lotus Evora GTE, most extreme Lotus vehicle ever, went by rather quickly. After debuting a concept version at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August, Lotus then went on to put out the production Evora GTE in September at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. This quick turnover has now been followed up by a special edition GTE courtesy of Swizz Beatz.

Swizz Beatz is an American record producer, DJ, rapper, and painter, although some may only know him as the husband of R&B superstar, Alicia Keys. He, along with

Lotus Design, came together to create a special Evora GTE unveiled at Alvin Ailey’s Opening Night Gala in New York. This special edition is noted as such because it is finished in a chrome ruby red paint. Everything else is strictly standard GTE. It features the typical rear brake cooling ducts, modified rear wing, enlarged intake vents behind the B pillar, and intense use of carbon fiber for the roof, sill detailing, and other carbon accessories. These elements help reduce the Evora’s total weight by about 231 lbs.

Being since this was a creative collaboration, no changes were made to the power source of the Evora GTE. It is still working with a race-tuned 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers a total of 444 HP, which still makes it the most powerful Lotus Evora road car ever built.

No details were given on the car’s prices just yet, but prospective buyers will surely have to dish out more than the $180,000 price tag of the standard Evora GTE.

UPDATE 12/06/2011: Brain Food Film has unveiled a video from the launch party for the new Evora GTE by Swizz Beatz. Special guests included Lotus CEO Dany Bahar, Alicia Keys, Russell Simmons, Stephen Baldwin, Carmelo Anthony, and a surprise performance from Swizz and TI. Video after the jump!

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2011 Lotus Evora S Roger Daltrey Edition

2011 Lotus Evora S Roger Daltrey Edition

Lotus has always had the pulse for doing charitable things as they have built numerous special edition models to help raise funds for charities. A few months ago, they built a special Evora called the Freddie Mercury Edition - Mercury was the lead vocalist of Queen - to benefit the Mercury Phoenix Trust Foundation.

Recently, the British automaker went back to that same route by unveiling another special edition Evora S, this time personalized by no less than The Who front man, Roger Daltrey.

With the help of Lotus, Daltrey was given the reins in personalizing this car. In addition to signing the car himself, Daltrey also added in red striping details, as well as a number of "The Who" badges and a Union Jack logo on the tailgate. For their part, Lotus gave the special edition Evora Tech and Premium packages that include a Metallic Black paint finish, a reversing camera, and best of all, a 3.5-liter supercharged V6 engine that produces 345 horsepower.

The Evora Roger Daltrey Edition is set to be auctioned off on December 1, 2011 with proceeds going to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

"Without teenagers and their energy and passion for music, we wouldn’t have Rock ’n Roll as we know it," Daltrey said. "There is no doubt in my mind that we’re really making a difference."

Interested bidders will need to bring their check books with them because the car is expected to go under the hammer for around £70,000, which is around $93,400 based on current exchange rates.

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2012 Lotus Evora R2R by Galpin Auto Sports

2012 Lotus Evora R2R by Galpin Auto Sports

We reckon Galpin Auto Sports needed a break from all those customized Ford vehicles they’re bringing to the 2011 SEMA Auto Show so they turned their attention towards a few sports cars from across the pond. One of these vehicles is a 2012 Lotus Evora, which GAS took the challenge of reinventing from a road-going sports car into a fully-dressed track-spec race car.

The result is the Evora R2R, a car that features plenty of aerodynamic upgrades, including a new front splitter, a new rear wing, new side skirts made from aluminum, black racing decals, racing seats dressed in fine Alcantara, and a new set of 19" (front) and 20" (rear) flat-back racing wheels.

To uphold its new race car identity, Galpin Auto Sports also added a new Flowmaster exhaust system, clearing way for the sports car’s 3.5-liter V6 engine to receive an increased output of 300 horsepower, up from the 280-horsepower output of the standard road-going roadster.

All told, Galpin Auto Sports accomplished what it always seems to do best. Impressive modifications all around are nothing new to these guys and they proved that yet again with the Lotus Evora R2R.

UPDATE 05/09/12: Galpin Auto Sports has released a new video of the Evora R2R, complete with a detailed look behind the history and development of the sports car. Galpin Lotus brand manager Stuart McIntosh narrates the whole thing so give it a watch!

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2011 Lotus Evora S GP Edition

2011 Lotus Evora S GP Edition

Lotus has made no bones about its plans to one day tussle with the big boys of the auto industry. One way the company is looking into breaking ground is by promoting its illustrious racing history and inspiring some of their production sports cars with hints and touches of their racing pedigree. One such model is the recently introduced Evora S GP Edition.

Dressed in a black paint scheme with distinctive gold striping, red mirrors, and spanking gold wheels, the Evora S GP Edition is the latest in a slew of special edition Lotus sports cars the company has introduced in the past years. If the colors of the Evora S GP Edition look a little familiar to you, it’s because you’ve seen it in previous Lotus models, most specifically with the Evora Enduro GT Concept earlier this year and the Lotus Renault Formula One race car.

In addition to its striking colors, the Evora S GP Edition also comes equipped with a rearview camera, as well as Lotus’ premium and technology packages.

Under the hood of the Evora S GP Edition, you’ll find a 3.5-liter supercharged V6 engine that produces 350 horsepower and 295 lb/ft of torque. The performance numbers translate to a 0-60 mph time of 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 172 mph.

Only three units of the Evora S GP Edition will be made available, each priced at £69,950, which is $109,155 based on current exchange rates.

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2012 Lotus Evora S for Mercury Phoenix Trust

2012 Lotus Evora S for Mercury Phoenix Trust

If you have ever celebrated a winning occasion by singing "We are the Champions," then the identity of Freddie Mercury hasn’t escaped your attention. Best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band Queen, Mercury was an iconic singer and songwriter with a flamboyant personality and inspirational talent. This year marks what would be the singer’s 65th birthday and Lotus is celebrating "one of rock’s greatest all-time entertainers" by creating a special edition Evora S that will be auctioned on September 5, 2011, with all proceeds going to the Mercury Phoenix Trust (an aids charity set up by Queen after Freddie’s death).

This special Evora S will be painted in white with a deep red stripe down the middle and will feature a yellow interior. These colors are symbolic as they were chosen to match Freddie’s 1986 "Magic tour" Wembley concert costume. Other choice features for the Evora S include a union flag on the back of the seats and the incorporation of a crown which hints at Freddie’s playful royal role-play. Finishing off the tributary Evora is an inscription on the front fenders that makes a reference to the Montreux Freddie memorial statue, stating "Lover of life. Singer of song."

The auction will take place on September 5, 2011 at the Savoy Hotel in London, where 300 friends and well-wishers will attempt to ’be Freddie for a day’ by dressing up as the famous musician.

If you don’t happen to win the car, there are a slew of other auction pieces fit for any Queen fan. Hit the jump to check them out!

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2012 Lotus Evora GTE Road Car Concept

2012 Lotus Evora GTE Road Car Concept

Understandably so, the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show has caught the attention of the entire industry. But for those that really pay attention to the calendar, another major auto event will take place this coming weekend that nobody should be sleeping on.

The 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

One model that’s expected to be in attendance is the new Lotus Evora GTE Road Car Concept. The car was born out of the Evora GTE race program, the very same people behind the racing pedigree of the mid-engined, 2+2 sports car with races all over the world, including the legendary 24 Hours at Le Mans.

Complete details of the Evora GTE Concept won’t be unveiled until this weekend, but from what this photo is showing us, it looks us it’s been heavily modded with an aggressive front splitter to go with a U-shaped rear spoiler and a set of forged alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tires. Meanwhile, the interior is said to carry plenty of leather and carbon fiber trims, as well as composite Recaro racing seats.

As for the engine, the concept car is said to carry a race-tuned 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 420 horsepower and is mated to a sequential transmission.

That’s as much as we have for the Lotus Evora GTE Road Car Concept. Rest assured, we’ll have more details as soon as the car breaks cover at Pebble Beach later this week.

UPDATE 08/18/2011: Lotus has released more images of the Evora GTE Road Car ahead of its Pebble Beach debut. Check them out in the gallery provided!

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2011 Lotus Evora S Police Car

2011 Lotus Evora S Police Car

Bad guys i Italy will have serious reasons to fear as next to a Lamborghini Gallardo Police Car the Carabinieri in Rome have just received a new Lotus Evora S for their police fleet. The Evora S models will be made available to the units based in Rome and Milan. The new police car will be used to provide a crucial service to the public.

This special Evora S will be equipped with some of the very latest voice recognition technology including the EVA (Enhanced Vehicle Automation) system. A special portable refrigeration compartment has been fitted behind the front seats which will allow for the rapid transport of vital organs and blood required during medical emergencies.

The Evora S is powered by a supercharged Toyota-sourced 3.5-liter V6 engine that will deliver a total of 350bhp and more than 300lb ft of torque. This means a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.0 seconds and a top speed in excess of 172mph.

Hit the jump for the official statements from the Group Lotus Chief Executive and Carabinieri spokesman.

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