418-HP 2020 Lotus Evora Headed To The US & Canada

The new 400 horsepower 2020 Lotus Evora GT is now available for order in the North America North American market (that means you too, Canada).

Available in both 2 seat and 2+2 configurations, and with manual and automatic transmissions, the Evora GT is the latest in the Evora line and produces even more power and torque over its predecessor.

The engine is a higher-output version of Lotus’ supercharged, 3.5-liter V6, with integrated water-to-air charge cooler, that produces 412 horsepower at 7000 rpm and 317 lb-ft of torque at 3500 rpm. Claimed 0-60 mph time is 3.8 seconds.

The Lotus Evora GT features lightweight carbon fiber elements that help generate over 140 lbs. of downforce  (most production cars, even when fitted with a factory aero package, still generate lift) which combined with its 400+ horsepower engine make it a track beast straight out of the showroom.

Additional downforce created is through better management of airflow under and over the car. A front lip, mounted beneath the lightweight composite grille mesh grille, reduces undercar airflow, front wheel arch air louvers and sculptured carbon fiber ducts behind each rear wheel vent high pressure air from the wheel arches and a motorsport-derived rear diffuser all contribute to increasing downforce front and rear.

 

Standard carbon fiber components include the rear bumper, rear wheel ducts, and sill covers. The optional Carbon Pack includes the front access panel, roof panel, a one-piece louvered tailgate with integrated spoiler and diffuser surround all in carbon fiber contributing to weight reduction of 49 lbs.

Ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminum wheels  are available in either silver or gloss black as standard. Stopping power comes courtesy of AP Racing four-piston calipers front and rear with lightweight two-piece cross-drilled and ventilated brake discs.

Making the most of the traction on tap, the Lotus Evora GT is fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires,(245/35R19 front, 295/30R20 rear) with a standard sports suspension package comprised of Eibach ultra-light, low-sideload springs and Bilstein sports dampers.

In addition to Lotus’ own six-speed manual gearbox with a Torsen-type limited slip differential, the Evora GT is also available with an automatic transmission option. Quick shifting through the gears via lightweight aluminum paddles mounted to the steering wheel contributes to a 0-60 mph time of 3.8 seconds.

The new Lotus Evora GT features four driver selectable ESP modes – selected via a dashboard switches. ‘Drive’, ‘Sport’, ‘Race’ and ‘Off’. Sport and Race settings increase throttle response, respectively increasing traction slip – allowing the driver a finer degree of control.

For the interior, the dashboard, door panels, transmission tunnel, and center console are all trimmed in black Alcantara. The lightweight magnesium steering wheel is clad in leather and Alcantara, the instrument cover is carbon fiber, as are the backs of the Sparco race seats.

And because even drivers of 400+ horsepower sports cars still live in the real world,  the Lotus Evora 400 GT is equipped with an integrated 7” touch-screen infotainment system with AppleCarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth functionality, satellite navigation and reversing camera, all standard.

 

About the author

Art Michalik

Art has served in marketing functions at various aftermarket manufacturers, driven in autocross events and in road racing in a car of his own construction, and even managed a world-famous racing school.
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