0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds and 422 PS…

Relentless in its development of world-class sports cars, Lotus has unveiled the new 2020 Evora GT for North America, replacing the Evora Sport 410 and Evora 400.

Available in both 2 seat and 2+2 configurations, and with manual and automatic transmissions, the Evora GT is the latest in the Evora line and provides more power and torque from an already celebrated sports car.

Employing selected lightweight carbon fibre components as standard, the new Evora GT enjoys a sleek silhouette. However, as with all Lotus sports cars, aerodynamic downforce is also a requirement and this new GT-class coupe generates up to 64 kg of downforce (double that of the Evora 400) making it the new benchmark when compared to similarly priced rivals.

The Evora GT 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 422 PS (416 bhp) at 7000 rpm and 317 lb-ft (430 Nm) of torque from 3500 rpm to give a 0-60 mph time of just 3.8 seconds. The automatic option has 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) and returns a similar acceleration time.

With all the lightweight options fitted, mass is further reduced to 3,104 lbs (1,408 kg). This gives a total weight saving of 71 lbs (32 kg) when compared to the Evora 400.

LOTUS EVORA GT IN MORE DETAIL

The additional downforce is created by the efficient management of airflow under and over the car. A front lip, mounted beneath the lightweight composite grille mesh grille, reduces undercar airflow, front wheel arch air louvres and sculptured carbon fibre ducts behind each rear wheel vent high pressure air from the wheel arches and a motorsport-derived rear diffuser all contribute to increasing downforce front and rear. Curved lower A-panels smooth airflow along the sides of the car, reducing drag. Cumulatively this elevates the Evora GT to the top ranks of Lotus’ most aerodynamically efficient road cars.

As befitting a high-performance sports cars, carbon fibre plays a considerable role in the car’s construction. Standard carbon composite components include the rear bumper, curved A-panels, rear wheel ducts and sill covers. The optional Carbon Pack includes the front access panel, roof panel, a one-piece louvered tailgate with integrated spoiler and diffuser surround all in carbon fibre contributing to the mass reduction by 49 lbs (22 kg).

This focus on the car’s critical mass delivers its headline power-to-weight ratio of up to 300 PS / tonne (295 bhp / tonne) and the top speed to 188 mph (303 km/h).

Reducing un-sprung mass, ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels (19″ 8J front and 20″ 10.5J rear 10 spoke alloy wheels) are available in either High Power silver or gloss black as standard. The option of upgrading to one inch wider (10.5J) rear wheels is available in diamond cut satin black or red. Stopping power 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).

Making the most of the traction on tap, the Evora GT uses Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (245/35 ZR19-93Y at the front and 295/30 R20-101Y at the rear) with a sports suspension package of Eibach ultra-light, low-sideload springs and Bilstein sports dampers – all fitted as standard.

Further mass reduction for the Evora GT comes from the optional a titanium exhaust, cutting 10 kg from beyond the car’s rear axle.

In addition to Lotus’ slick, six-speed manual gearbox with a Torsen type limited slip differential (LSD), the Evora GT is also available with an automatic transmission option. Quick shifting through the gears via lightweight aluminium paddles mounted to the steering wheel contributes to a 0-60 mph time of 3.8 seconds.

The new Evora GT features four driver selectable ESP modes – selected via a dashboard switches. ‘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 the interior, the dashboard, door panels, transmission tunnel and centre console are all trimmed in black Alcantara®, complemented by contrast twin colour stitching (bespoke leather is an option). The lightweight magnesium steering wheel is clad in leather and Alcantara®, the instrument binnacle cover is carbon fibre, as are the backs of the Sparco race seats. An integrated 7” touch-screen infotainment system with AppleCarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth® functionality, satellite navigation and reversing camera is also standard.

Every new Lotus Evora GT can be personalised through the increasingly popular Lotus Exclusive programme. Developed by the Lotus Design team to inspire customers, it combines traditional British craftsmanship with the best of modern design, and allows owners to tailor vehicles to their personal taste. Since its introduction last year, roughly a third of all new Lotus cars now undergo some form of customisation.

The new 2020 Lotus Evora GT can be ordered now for the USA and Canada.

LOTUS EVORA GT – TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

PERFORMANCE UNITS MANUAL AUTOMATIC
Max power PS / bhp 422 / 416 422 / 416
Max torque lb-ft / Nm 317 / 430 332 / 450
0-60 mph s 3.8 3.9
Max speed mph / km/h 188 / 303 174 / 280
CO2 emissions g / mile 441 440
Wet / kerb weight lbs / kg 3,175 / 1440 3,199 / 1451
Lightest possible weight lbs / kg 3,104 / 1,408 3,128 / 1,419
Downforce at max speed lbs / kg 141 / 64 141 / 64
Power-to-weight ratio (lightest possible) hp / tonne 300 PS / tonne
295 bhp / tonne
297 PS / tonne
293 bhp / tonne
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION
3.5 litre (3,456 cc) V6, 24-valve, water cooled, all aluminium engine, with Edelbrock supercharger
6-speed manual transmission, with gearbox cooler, coupled to Lotus’ precision shift aluminium mechanism
Lightweight, single-mass, low inertia fly wheel
Torsen Type Limited Slip Differential (manual only)
CHASSIS AND BODY
Anodised, lightweight aluminium, extruded, epoxy bonded and riveted high-stiffness chassis
Lightweight composite panels with louvred exit ducts above wheel arch
Servo assisted, lightweight 2-piece cross-drilled and ventilated brake discs and AP Racing four piston calipers (front 370mm x 32mm, rear 350mm x 32mm)
Unequal length, high lateral stiffness, forged aluminium, double wishbone suspension with Eibach® tubular front and rear anti-roll bars
Sports suspension package: Eibach® ultra-light, low-sideload springs, front and rear, fitted to Bilstein® sports dampers
Lotus tuned hydraulically-assisted, rigidly-mounted, rack and pinion steering system, with 2.86 turns lock-to-lock
Driver selectable ESP modes – Drive / Sport / Race / Off
Active exhaust valve control
Tyre pressure monitoring system
EXTERIOR SPECIFICATION
Composite and glass tailgate with three element rear wing
Lightweight rear aluminium sport diffuser with composite surround
Carbon rear bumper with exposed lower area
Carbon A-panels
Side sills in matt black finish
Mirror caps in gloss black finish
Glass rear quarter panel
AP Racing® brake calipers, red finish with black logo
Michelin® Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (front 245/35 ZR19-93Y, rear 295/30 ZR20-101Y)
Lotus designed, ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels (19″ 8J front and 20″ 10.5J rear 10 spoke alloy wheels) in gloss black or High Power silver
Powerfold and heated door mirrors
Bi-xenon headlights
LED daytime running lights
Oval exhaust finisher
INTERIOR SPECIFICATION
2+2 and 2+0 seat configuration
Sparco® sports seats with carbon backs, trimmed in black Alcantara® and perforated leather, with red or black Alcantara® stripes and contrast twin stitching
Instrument panel, centre console and door panels trimmed in black Alcantara® with contrast twin stitching in yellow and white or red and white
Carbon fibre instrument binnacle
Steering wheel trimmed in black leather and Alcantara®, with black stitching
Door grab handle in black Alcantara®, gear lever gaiter and hand brake sleeve in black leather
Alcantara® trimmed switch cover
Interior Colour Pack: centre console panel and door grab handles in black
Instrument panel surround, steering wheel finisher, HVAC panel and door release levers in gunmetal finish
Rear parking sensor
Lightweight aluminium gear knob
Aluminium face level vents and blanking plate surround
Dark grey headlining
Black carpet
Carbon fibre sill covers
Lightweight driver’s footrest
Lightweight aluminium pedal pads
Premium infotainment unit (7″ screen, including AppleCarPlay & Android Auto, satellite navigation and reversing camera)
DIMENSIONS
Length 4,394 mm
Width 1,972 mm
Height 1,223 mm
Fuel tank capacity 55 litres
CONSUMPTION (mpg) & EMSSIONS
MANUAL AUTOMATIC
City 16.9 17.4
Highway 25.9 23.9
Combined 20 20
CO2 emissions (combined) 441 g / mile 440 g / mile
Options: TRANSMISSION AND PERFORMANCE

MSRP

6-speed automatic transmission, with gearbox cooler, ultra-fast changes via steering wheel mounted lightweight aluminium paddles

$ 2,700

Titanium Exhaust

$ 8,000

Options: INTERIOR AND TRIM

MSRP

Lotus developed steering wheel trimmed in black Alcantara® with red racing line indicator

$450

Lotus developed steering wheel trimmed in black leather with red racing line indicator

$450

Interior colour pack (body colour)

$750

Bespoke leather interior

$4,500

Bespoke double stitching

$1,000

Options: EXTERIOR AND BODY

MSRP

Carbon Pack

Carbon fibre front access panel

Carbon fibre roof panel

Lightweight carbon fibre tailgate with integrated rear spoiler and louvered backlight

Carbon rear bumper with exposed carbon on rear bumper transom

Carbon rear diffuser surround

$10,000

Lotus designed, ultra-lightweight, forged aluminium wheels (19″ 8J front and 20″ 10.5J rear 10 spoke alloy wheels) in diamond cut satin black

$3,250

Lotus designed, ultra-lightweight, forged aluminium wheels (19″ 8J front and 20″ 10.5J rear 10 spoke alloy wheels) in red

$2,750

OptionS: COMFORT AND COMMUNICATION

MSRP

Sub-woofer and amplifier

$500

PAINT and Livery OPTIONS

MSRP

Standard paint

NCO

Metallic paint

$3,750

Premium paint

$5,900

Exclusive paint

$8,100

Lower side sill – body colour

$1,100

Lower side sill – bespoke colour

$1,100

Bespoke colour mirror caps

$350

Brake callipers (black or yellow)

$450

MARKET Evora GT Retail Price
USA $96,950 MSRP