The 2016 Evora 400 could be Lotus’ salvation. After few years of mediocre managing and misleading strategies, the British maker seems kind of lost. Without offering innovative products, the 2016 Evora 400 decided to reborn, giving a new opportunity to Lotus.
This isn’t the first Lotus featured on Up and Coming Cars. The upcoming 3-Eleven model is really promising, but it is offered to a different crowd. Besides, the 2016 Evora 400 looks like the perfect alternative of a Cayman GT4. I’m not joking about it.
Let’s some more details about this reinvented Lotus.
Engine and Specs Onboard
The Toyota-based 3.6 L V6 engine which the 2016 Evora 400 packs is really capable. In numbers, it can generate about 400 hp and 302 lb-ft of maximum torque. In clearer numbers, this good-looking compact supercar can go from standstill to 60 mph (100 km/h) in an estimated 4.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 186 mph (299 km/h).
If we fall in mandatory comparisons, the reinvented 2016 Evora 400 has 55 extra ponies and is 92 lb (42 kg) lighter. Other features in terms of mechanics and performance are also remarkable. The adjustable exhaust system is a fancy touch for those with a dynamic mood.
Talking about dynamic moods, the traction control available offers three different driving modes: Drive, Sport, and Race. Each one being more aggressive and responsive than the last.
The 6-speed manual transmission is surprisingly good and provides a complete driving experience on the track. The braking power is provided by two-piece cross-drilled 14.6-inch vent discs in the front and 13.8-inch in the rear with the same specs.
The most attractive feature of the 2016 Evora 400 is its totally renewed appearance. Everybody must know that a relevant part of its redesign was pushed by the US safety legal framework.
The new, revamped form looks hostile and evil. The previous one, in return, was boring and dated. Lotus negligence was clearly reflected in that old Evora. Now, the large vents and splitter in the front represent an awesome work. The plain presence gives this model a whole new spirit.
The LED lighting system operating in the 2016 Evora 400 is modern and far more appropriate. The rear fascia has a great responsibility in terms of aerodynamics. The redesigned spoiler and diffuser greatly improves the downforce generation. A single, massive exhaust outlet is sexy and bold.
The 19-inch aluminum wheels in the front and 20-inch in the rear are accompanied with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, which provides an impressive grip.
Improved Cockpit for the Evora 400
The 2016 Evora 400 also offer us a redesigned interior. Starting with the doors’ dimensions, these are quite different now, basically in order to improve the movement, entering or getting out of the vehicle.
The location of the instruments was modified, with comfort and practicability in mind. The weight reduction inside the cockpit was also a necessity. In this matter, the steering wheel and the seats are really lighter in comparison with the previous model. Without removing any luxury component, the weight was successfully reduced.
Alcantara and Scottish leather are among all the premium materials used. The sound system and entertainment are now top-notch, also built with lightweight materials.
The Bottom Line
Yes, Lotus is not at its best moment right now. But looks like getting out of the comfort zone give them the chance to create a worthy rival for the Porsche Cayman GT4. That’s right.
The prices start at US$89.900.