Lotus Evora 400 front

Lotus Evora 400 Roadster confirmed; Lotus crossover to have 4-cyl engine

July 8, 2015

The Lotus Evora 400 was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March as the brand’s fastest-ever production car not limited to the track.

Speaking to TopGear, Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales broke the news that the mid-engined 400-hp coupe will get a roadster version. It will have “twin carbon fibre roof panels that stow in the front and weigh just 3 kg each.”

Lotus Evora 400 dashboard driver side

The roadster would be almost identical to the coupe in terms of design and specifications. Expect the same Toyota-sourced 3.5-litre V6 engine to be employed, with transmission options retained – a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic. The supercharged engine on the coupe churns out 400 hp and 410 Nm of torque, and makes it capable of completing a 0-100 km/h speed run in just 4.2 seconds and hitting a top speed of 300 km/h.

More details about the Lotus Evora 400 can be found here.

1974 Lotus Elite

The CEO also revealed some details about the forthcoming China-only crossover. The brand’s first crossover will be powered by a four-cylinder engine, he said. It will rival the Porsche Macan and be “the most agile and fastest of that class on a track.”

The R&D work of the Lotus crossover is coming together at Hethel in Norfolk, England where the British marque has its R&D centre, production unit and test track. Two full-scale design models are being evaluated currently and both “have a modern Lotus nose” and a side profile that is reminiscent of the 1974 4-seat Elite (pictured above), and “look lightweight”.

More details about the Lotus crossover can be had here.

[Source: Top Gear]

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