The 2020 Lotus Evora GT Is Quicker, Lighter, and Better-Looking

It’s a claimed 71 pounds lighter than the Evora 400 it replaces.

Lotus has again updated its only U.S.-based car, the Evora, to introduce a new GT model replacing the previous Evora 400 and the limited-run Evora 410. The Evora GT is the fastest and lightest Lotus available for sale with a claimed top speed of 188 mph and a curb weight of 3104 pounds.

The GT usesits Toyota-sourced supercharged 3.5-liter V-6 to produce 416 horsepower, an increase from the Evora 400 to 16 hp. Both six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions are available; the V-6 makes 332 lb-ft of torque compared to 317 lb-ft with the stick when paired with the automatic transmission. Lotus claims 3.8 seconds zero-to-60-mph time regardless of the gearbox, 0.3 seconds faster than the 400 claims. The GT receives a limited-slip differential from Torsen when equipped with the manual.

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

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

The GT can be ordered by customers in either a two-seater or two-plus-two configuration, and the Sparco race seats, dashboard, center console, door panels, transmission tunnel and steering wheel are covered in black Alcantara. The techiest part of the GT is an Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and navigation 7.0-inch infotainment screen; everything else about the interior is sparse and driver-focused.

There is a Lotus Exclusive program for people looking for a little more flair through which buyers can “tailor vehicles to their personal taste.” Different paint colors and unique leather upholstery are part of the program, which Lotus says has been applied to a third of all its cars since its introduction last year.

The Evora GT is now available to order with a starting price of $96,950, which is a bit more expensive than competitors like the $81,950 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS. And the Evora GT can still be loaded with options like the $2700 automatic transmission, a $8000 titanium exhaust system that saves 22 pounds, wider satin black wheels for $3250, and paint colors that cost up to $8100.

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