Lotus Evora GT

Lotus has again updated its only car for sale in the United States, the Evora, introducing a new GT model that replaces the previous Evora 400 and the limited-run Evora 410. With a claimed top speed of 188 mph and curb weight of 3104 pounds, the Evora GT is the fastest and lightest Lotus available for sale.

The GT makes 416 horsepower from its Toyota-sourced supercharged 3.5-liter V-6, an increase of 16 hp from the Evora 400. Both six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions are available; when paired with the automatic, the V-6 makes 332 lb-ft of torque compared to 317 lb-ft with the stick. Lotus claims a zero-to-60-mph time of 3.8 seconds no matter the gearbox, 0.3 second quicker than it claims for the 400. When equipped with the manual, the GT gets a Torsen limited-slip differential.

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Lotus says the GT produces 141 pounds of downforce, double what the 400 made. There’s a new front splitter, vents over the front wheel arches, a redesigned rear bumper with larger vents, and a new rear diffuser. The front fenders, rear bumper, and side skirts are all made from carbon fiber as standard, while an optional $10,000 Carbon Pack adds a front hood panel, roof, rear bumper and diffuser, and a one-piece louvered engine cover and redesigned rear spoiler made from the stuff. The Carbon Pack saves a claimed 49 pounds, helping to achieve that svelte figure; a regular Evora GT with the manual is quoted at weighing 3175 pounds, while it’s claimed to be 3199 with the automatic. The last Evora 400 we weighed came in at 3212 pounds.

The wheels are forged aluminum and measure 19 inches up front and 20 inches at the rear, and the GT comes with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. The large AP Racing brakes, Eibach springs, and Bilstein dampers are all shared with the Evora 400. A switch on the dashboard cycles through four stability-control modes—Drive, Sport, Race, and Off—with the Sport and Race modes also increasing throttle response.