A new Lotus grows in the English garden of lightness and speed. Lotus bills the Evora GT430 as the company’s fastest, “most powerful and accomplished road car to date.” And the stats seem to back that up.
Lotus says the GT430’s 0-to-60 time is a brilliant 3.7 seconds, the logical result of putting a 3.5-liter V6 supercharged and charge-cooled engine producing 430 horsepower into a car with a curb weight of 2,858 pounds (2,768 pounds exsanguinated).
Lotus, in continual pursuit of its fetish for lightness, used carbon fiber (some of it exposed) and lightweight chassis innovations to knock 81 pounds off the curb weight of the already-quite-light Evora 410. Other comparison points: The 410 makes 410 horsepower, hence the name, with a 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds. The GT430 also gains torque over the 410, generating 325 pound-feet, though higher in the rev range at 4,500 rpm, to the 410’s output of 310 at 3,500.
The GT430 comes only with a six-speed manual (you can get an automatic in the 410 if so inclined), and its top speed is 190 miles per hour. Tack on aero, notably the large carbon wing, that generates up to 550 pounds of downforce (that’s at top speed, but there’s plenty far slower), and Lotus says the result is “tremendous real-world speed and handling unheard of in its class.”
It’s the first new product announcement since news broke of Lotus’ sale to China’s Geely.
Only 60 Evora GT430s will be built, at a base price of 112,500 pounds (VAT included) that will escalate quickly with options. That’s around $125 grand, assuming you could get one here