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Geneva LIVE: 2016 Lotus Evora 400

by Ronan Glon

The Evora 400 is the fastest and most powerful full-production Lotus ever built.

Lotus has introduced the 2016 Evora 400 at the Geneva Motor Show. The coupe stands out as the fastest and most powerful full-production car that Lotus has ever built.

The Evora 400 is an evolution of the Evora coupe that was sold on these shores until recently. The front fascia gets a new bumper with a massive air dam and LED daytime running lights, while the rear end features a more sculpted design, a pair of round tail lamps and a three-piece rear wing. The coupe rides on 19-inch front wheels and 20-inch rear wheels.

A comprehensively re-tuned aluminum chassis lies under the Evora 400's composite bodywork. The coupe weighs 3,119 pounds when equipped with a manual transmission, about 48 pounds less than the model it will replace. Selecting the automatic transmission bumps that figure up slightly to 3,128 pounds.

Inside, the Evora gains high-quality materials and more space thanks in part to narrower door panels. The front seats, the HVAC controls and the touch screen-based infotainment system are all new.

As its name implies, the Evora 400 is powered by a supercharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that generates 400 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 302 lb-ft. of torque between 3,500 and 6,500 rpm. The upgrades help the coupe reach 60 mph from a stop in 4.1 seconds and go on to a top speed of 186 mph. Lotus says the Evora 400 is a full six seconds faster around its Hethel, England, test track than the model it replaces.

Buyers can choose between a manual transmission or an optional automatic controlled by shift paddles mounted behind the steering wheel. Cars equipped with three pedals benefit from a Torsen-type limited-slip differential.

The 2016 Lotus Evora 400 was designed with U.S. regulations in mind and it is expected to land on our shores in the coming months. Lotus predicts that demand for the new Evora will help it boost production from 45 to 70 cars a week by September of this year.

Pricing information will be published at a later date.

Live images by Ronan Glon.

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