Lotus Evora 400 Review Mar 13, 2017 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
Lotus is well-known among those who are true driving enthusiasts, and the Evora 400 easily appeals to this clientele. The latest version of the Lotus Evora 400 is perfect for hardcore driving enthusiasts. There are rear seats, but any adult is likely to feel cramped in them. Instead, we believe that the average Evora 400 will only see its front seat used with the rear seats reserved for smaller passengers or bags. Of course, that won’t matter to the driver interested in an Evora 400, since the engine specs and overall performance are the most important part of this automotive machine.
Speed and Power
This is the fastest street car Lotus has ever made, and the Evora 400 will not disappoint. The engine is a true powerhouse with 400 horsepower. The 3.5-liter V6 is sourced from Toyota and features an Edelbrock supercharger, new engine management tuning, and a new intercooler. The current 400 horsepower is 55 horses more than the Evora S delivered. It is complemented by 302 pound-feet for torque, available from 3,500 to 6,500 rpm. The six-speed manual transmission has a new flywheel and clutch, or you can choose an automatic. The result is the ability to take your Lotus Evora 400 at speeds of up to 186 miles per hour, something you should clearly only do on a track. Going from zero to 60 mph will only take you 4.1 seconds. Just keep in mind that going with the automatic limits the top speed to 174 mph, although you are still unlikely to reach the limit.
Even with all that acceleration and speed, the Evora 400 is good for daily driving, pulling off an impressive balance. This means that drivers who can only buy a single car but want the best performance possible won’t have to settle—and may even get a few thrills on their daily commutes to work. Of course, all that power does come with a small sacrifice in terms of efficiency, but with 16 mpg for city driving and 24 on the highway, the Evora 400 still does better in this respect than you would expect based on its powertrain. The available leather package is well worth the upgrade for its higher-quality feel and soft touch. While the infotainment system may not be the best you will find, it has everything you need, including navigation and Bluetooth. Considering the typical driver of the Evora 400 cares about handling and overall performance, the infotainment is more than satisfactory.
We can still recognize the Lotus Evora 400 at a glance, even in its most recent incarnation. Those who know what they are looking for will spot a redesigned front bumper; a larger lower air dam; a new rear bumper with its diffuser; and revisions to the daytime running lights, wheels, and door mirrors. You should also be able to spot the three-element wing, which works with the diffusers in the front and back to increase downforce when at 150 mph, helping with stability at high speeds and enhancing the style. Overall, the Lotus Evora 400 is an excellent choice for those in search of their next sports car that can perform on the track or the road.