In February we saw the birth of the most powerful Lotus ever – the Evora 400. Then, at the Geneva Auto Saloon we witnessed its official public reveal. Now, the company has finally proved this with early tests, carried out by the Technical Manager for Lotus Motorsport, Gavan Kershaw. He drove the new Lotus at Hethel, boasting an advantage of six seconds per lap. During the tests he drove an Evora with standard road specifications, running on road tyres and suspension.

The Evora 400 is the latest supercar Lotus has produced. It features significantly reduced weight (by 22kg), additional 55 hp and better traction due to the addition of a limited slip differential. This basically means that the car is faster and more athletic in comparison to the previous generation Evora and this in turn hints for advantages in terms of agility and driving.

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To go even further into details, the new model has a maximum speed of 186 mph (300 km/h). But more impressive is the fact that it can accelerate from 0-60 mph in only 4.1 seconds. This time extends to 4.2 seconds for the 0-62 mph acceleration sprint.

This capability is due to the addition of an entirely new powerplant, which is the 3.5-litre V6 engine. It generates 400 horsepower (294 kW) and 410 Nm (303 lb-ft) of torque. As a matter of fact, more than two thirds of the car is entirely new. This also includes the aluminium chassis, interior and the lightweight body.

At last, we should also mention that the new Evora 400 is scheduled to for a production start this summer, and will be available in European countries in August. The North Americans will have the chance of driving it as a 2016 model year, while the car will be debuting this autumn. In China, Lotus has decided to release the Evora 400 in the beginning of next year.

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Source: Lotus