Lotus Reveals Its Most Powerful Production Model Ever, the Evora GT430

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
lotus reveals its most powerful production model ever the evora gt430

With the Evora getting on in years and Lotus Cars under new ownership thanks to China’s Geely, it’s just a matter of time before the swift little sports coupe is replaced with something fresh and exciting. That means it’s time for the automaker to roll out special editions of its old models. However, it could be argued the company’s low production volume makes every Lotus Evora special — thus making the new GT430 variant extra special, as its assembly tops off at 60 vehicles.

Like the Evora 400 and Sport 410, the GT’s numeric moniker denotes its horsepower rating of 430 claimed units. The manufacturer states the GT430 uses the same Toyota-sourced 3.5-liter supercharged V6, but with vastly improved cooling. While 20 prancing ponies doesn’t sound like a game changer, the upgraded Lotus is about 300 pounds lighter than the Evora 400 and 57 pounds less than the 410 — all due to a svelte suspension and plenty of carbon fiber.

Add a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, Eibach springs, and Ohlins TTX two-way adjustable dampers, and the GT430 should be plenty squirrelly on a track — which is where the massive rear wing suggests the vehicle belongs.

Lotus states the vehicle’s aero is capable of 550 pounds of downforce at its 190 mph top speed and 140 pounds at just 90 mph. That is significantly more than the less-tweaked variants. Zero-to-sixty takes 3.9 seconds, helped by the car’s 325 lb-ft of torque and variable traction control setups.

In addition to some new (mainly functional) bodywork, the interior is mostly stripped out. Leather is replaced by Alcantara or removed entirely for an exposed carbon weave, suggesting this GT is not really fit for the kind of grand touring that happens outside of a racing circuit.

While Lotus says this particular GT430 will not be available in North America, it did promise to bring a U.S.-spec version across the pond in the spring of 2018. Pricing is a mystery but will assuredly surpass the Evora 410’s low triple-digit price tag.

[Images: Lotus Cars]

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  • Watch Carefully Watch Carefully on Jul 21, 2017

    "Lotus Reveals Its Most Powerful Production Model Ever" Dear TTAC copy editor, "ever" includes the future. This is their "Most Powerful Production Model To Date." /rant

  • Brn Brn on Jul 21, 2017

    Historically, I'm a huge fan of Lotus. Back to the basics. Light. Handle. Reasonably priced ($45K to $60K). Don't need insane power to provide pure driving fun and impressive performance. Don't care about Lotus anymore. Used prices are absurd. This thing is $110K. At that price, it's not Lotus anymore.

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  • Chris P Bacon Ford and GM have decided that if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Odds are Chrysler/Cerberus/FCA/Stellantis is next to join in. If any of the companies like Electrify America had been even close to Tesla in reliability, we wouldn't be here.
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  • Chris P Bacon I see no reference to Sweden or South Carolina. I hate to assume, but is this thing built in China? I can't help but wonder if EVs would be more affordable to the masses if they weren't all stuffed full of horsepower most drivers will never use. How much could the price be reduced if it had, say, 200hp. Combined with the instant torque of an EV, that really is plenty of power for the daily commuter, which is what this vehicle really is.
  • Ajla It's weird how Polestar apparently has better BEVs than Volvo. And this is the same price as a Pilot and Plus optioned Polestar 2 AWD.