2015 Lotus Evora 400

2015 Lotus Evora 400

2015 Lotus Evora 400

The new Lotus Evora 400 is powered by a 3.5-litre V6 engine but with a new supercharger,water-to-air charge-cooler and engine management system. Its power output has increased by16% from 345 hp (350 PS / 257 kW) to 400 hp (406 PS/ 298 kW). Torque has increased from400 Nm / 295 lbs ft to 410 Nm / 302 lbs ft with maximum torque available from 3500 rpm to 6500rpm.

The power increase of 55 hp comes from supercharger enhancements (volumetric capacity has increased from 1.32 L/rpm to 1.74 L/rpm), the application of a new charge-cooler and engine management upgrades.

While meeting legal pass-by and race track requirements for NVH, sonic changes have been made to the post-cat exhaust system. It features revised muffler internals and a switch that can be driver activated, which allows the exhaust to flow more freely, reducing back pressure under higher engine loads and where conditions allow. A by-product is an unique supercar sound track through the three-inches wider, central exiting exhaust pipe.

New engine mounts, which are 5.6 kg lighter than in the previous Lotus Evora, and a revised rearsub-frame have enabled better engine control and improved vehicle dynamics.

A number of manual gearbox enhancements have greatly improved shift quality including a new clutch disc and a low inertia flywheel that ensure swift and tactile gear changes. For the automatic transmission option, a new shift strategy has been developed, with gear changes made using the lightweight aluminium paddles mounted to the steering wheel. For the manual version, a Torsen-type limited slip differential (LSD) has been fitted as standard to the rear axle, which gives a more involving drive and better traction, to produce better lap times.

In Detail

typeSeries Production Car
released at2015 Geneva Motor Show
built atHethel, England
body stylistSteven Crijns, Russel Carr
engineersRichard Rackham
engineToyota 2GR-FE V6
positionMid, Transverse
block materialAluminum Alloy
valvetrainChain-Driven DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl w/dual VVTi
fuel feedElectronic Injection
displacement3456 cc / 210.90 in³
bore94 mm / 3.7 in
stroke83 mm / 3.27 in
power298 kw / 400 bhp @ 7000 rpm
specific output115.74 bhp per litre
bhp/weight282.69 bhp per tonne
torque410 nm / 302.4 ft lbs @ 4500 rpm
body / framePlastic Body over Bonded & Extruded Aluminium Chassis w/Front and Rear Aluminum Subframes
driven wheelsRWD w/TCS
wheel typeForged Aluminium Alloy
front tiresMichelin Pilot Super Sport 235/35×19 91Y
rear tiresMichelin Pilot Super Sport 285/30×20 99Y
front brakesVented & Drilled Discs w/Lotus AP Racing 4-Piston Calipers
f brake size32 x 370 mm / 1.26 x 14.57 in
rear brakesVented & Drilled Discs w/Lotus AP Racing 4-Piston Calipers
r brake size32 x 350 mm / 1.26 x 13.78 in
steeringTRW Rack & Pinion w/Hydraulic Assist
f suspensionForged Aluminum Wishbones w/Bilstein Dampers, Eibach Springs
r suspensionForged Aluminum Wishbones w/Bilstein Dampers, Eibach Springs
curb weight1415 kg / 3120 lbs
weight distro38 % / 62 %
wheelbase2575 mm / 101.4 in
front track1567 mm / 61.7 in
rear track1574 mm / 62 in
length4340 mm / 170.9 in
width1849 mm / 72.8 in
height1221 mm / 48.1 in
transmissionToyota 6-Speed Manual
gear ratios3.54:1, 1.91:1, 1.41:1, 1.09:1, 0.97:1, 0.86:1
top speed~299.27 kph / 186 mph
drag0.337 Cd
urban fuel econ eu14.5 L/100 km or 16.22 mpg-us
extra urban fuel econ eu7.4 L/100 km or 31.79 mpg-us
combined fuel econ eu10.0 L/100 km or 23.52 mpg-us
emission225 g/km
fuel capacity60 litres or 15.84 gal.