Lotus releases

ultimate Evora GT430

Lotus Evora GT430, 2017, front
Lotus Evora GT430, 2017, rear
Lotus Evora GT430, 2017, interior

THE most powerful road going model to emerge from the Lotus stable has been unveiled in the shape of the new Evora GT430.

Powered by a supercharged 3.5-litre V6 developing 430bhp it is capable of 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 190mph.

Only 60 of the hand-built models will be produced, each priced from £112,500.

With plenty of carbon fibre in the body, the high performance Evora has a dry weight of 1.258 tonnes the GT430 tips the scales some 26kg under the super-light Evora Sport 410 and its rear wing helps generate a downforce of 250kg.

As a result, Lotus is claiming a fuel return of 21.9mpg with emissions of 249g/km.

Much of the weight loss is down to a titanium exhaust system which is 10kg lighter and an Öhlins and Eibach adjustable spring and damper assembly.

The Evora GT430 has a power-to-weight ratio of 342 horsepower per tonne and has set a new record for the Evora range, lapping the Lotus 2.2-mile test track at Hethel in Norfolk in one minute 25.8 seconds - the same as the Lotus 3-Eleven super-roadster released last year.

The cockpit of the GT430 features carbon fibre in the trim and in the seat construction and a new lightweight carbon instrument binnacle cover with a new design of graphic on the instrument panel.

The steering wheel, dashboard, door panels, transmission tunnel and centre console are all trimmed in a combination of black Alcantara and perforated leather, with a full leather or full Alcantara trim option available at no additional cost.

Carbon-backed Sparco seats are among the options and so is a four-point harness restraint system to give the two-seater a more race-focused cabin.

An integrated touch-screen infotainment system can also be specified, including iPod connectivity and Bluetooth functionality, satellite navigation and reversing camera.

Jean-Marc Gales, Lotus chief executive, said: "The Evora GT430 is a landmark car for Lotus. Lightweight engineering and class-leading handling, paired with Lotus' aerodynamic expertise, define the Evora GT430 as a legendary Lotus."

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