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Lotus Evora 400 Seems to Be a Tuning Kit, Not a Proper Facelift

Dear Colin Chapman, if somehow you have Wi-Fi connectivity wherever you are, please disconnect immediately. If you won’t, I will have to break the bad news to you - the iconic automaker you founded is nowadays going through a case of personality crisis.
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Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales gingerly declared that the Geneva Motor Show will see the debut of an exciting, refreshed model. Considering that the 2+2 mid-engined sportscar celebrates its 6th year of existence in 2015, a mid-cycle nip & tuck job was expected.

What we were promised differs greatly from what we were presented though. Cue the so-called Lotus Evora 400. Doesn’t it look like it was equipped with one of those ostentatious body kits from Wald International or the many other pretentious tuning outfits?

The photo gallery below speaks of the visual add-ons by its own

While the entry-level Evora makes do with 276 HP (280 PS), the Evora S ups the ante to 345 HP (350 PS) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of twist. Howbeit, the Evora 400 ups output levels by 16 percent over the S, to 400 HP (406 PS / 298 kW) and 410 Nm (302 lb-ft).

Those 55 ponies have been extracted by using a bigger supercharger than the S’ (1.32 liter vs 1.74 liter), an upgraded charge-cooler, as well as some ECU upgrades for the Toyota-made 3.5L V6. Considering this bad boy comes with a limited-slip diff as standard, it seems like hoonage is in the 400’s character.

22 kilos lighter than than the less powerful S (1,415 kg / 3,119 lbs), the Lotus Evora 400 can hit 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standstill in 4.2 seconds, two tenths better than the Porsche Cayman GT4. Lastly, the cabin has been updated as well, but those hideous air vents downgrade an otherwise neat-looking dashboard.

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