Matt Robinson profile picture Matt Robinson a year ago 28

Here's 2018's First New-Ish Lotus Sports Car

We're not even half-way through January, but Lotus has already released another tweaked car. This time it's the Evora GT410 Sport

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Lotus - Here's 2018's First New-Ish Lotus Sports Car - News

It’s been just over two months since we saw the last new-ish Lotus, so of course, there’s a new one for us to get our heads around. The latest is called the Evora GT410 Sport, designed to replace the 410 Sport and sit below the GT430 Sport, the latter being GT430 without the scarier bits of aero. Confused yet?

We can mock all we want, but Lotus’ seemingly endless campaign of tweaks is working - Hethel is back in the black for the first time in a while. And doesn’t the Evora look amazing with those carbon bits and pieces, and that delicious ducktail spoiler?

Lotus - Here's 2018's First New-Ish Lotus Sports Car - News

Mounted in the middle is the tried and tested Toyota 3.5-litre supercharged V6 Lotus has been using since the Evora’s creation, here kicking out 406bhp. Since the GT410 tips the scales at 1256kg (dry weight), it’s quick: 0-60mph takes 3.9 seconds in the automatic version, and four seconds dead in the manual.

The composite front and rear body panels are new, adding ‘air blades’ at the front to reduce turbulence around the wheels, and a “motorsport-derived” diffuser at the back to increase downforce. Speaking of, even without the scaffold-spec giant wing of the GT430, the GT410 generates up to 96kg of the stuff. That’s 50 per cent more than the old Sport 410, for context.

Lotus - Here's 2018's First New-Ish Lotus Sports Car - News

Bilstein dampers with “ultra-light” Eibach springs are fitted as standard, as are Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. Should you want your GT410 to be a little less extreme, a no-cost ‘touring’ option is available, which switches to less aggressive, non-adjustable Bilstein dampers and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S boots.

Lotus - Here's 2018's First New-Ish Lotus Sports Car - News

Want one? It’s available to order now in Europe and parts of Asia, with order books opening in the USA and China this summer. In the UK, it’ll set you back £85,900.