Lotus reportedly is set to re-enter the U.S. market with its new flagship model – Evora 400. The Evora 400 is powered by a Toyota-sourced 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 400 hp and 410 Nm of torque. The V6 engine can be paired with a 6-speed manual transmision or a 6-speed automatic transmission. Both transmission options are likely to be offered in the U.S. market. The Evora 400 can reach 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds and hit a top speed of 300 km/h.
The Evora and Evora S currently sold in Europe were dropped for the U.S. market due to the country’s stringent safety standards which could not be met. The Evora was the only Lotus car being sold in the U.S., before getting axed. The Evora 400 is safe enough to be allowed to enter the U.S. market, and unlike the previous model, it features side airbags also.
As per the report, Evora 400 will get an open-top version also which will go on sale worldwide next year. The report reveals that the with the introduction of the new-generation model the price of the Evora will rise by about £9,000 to £72,000, which is still lesser than that of Audi R8 or Porsche 911. Pricing in the U.S. market can also be expected to be attractive to compete with these models.
The report also says that Lotus is ramping up the production of all models, the Elise, Exige and Evora to 70 cars per week by September this year. The company will also recruit additional staff of 150 for the same, adds the report.
Source: Automotive News