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Lotus Evora Sport 410 Confirmed for U.S. Market, On Sale in Summer 2017

As of late, Lotus Cars seems to focus more on special editions rather than develop all-new models. Be that as it may, the Evora Sport 410 is a step in the right direction for the British sports car manufacturer. Just like the Evora 400 and the Hethel Edition, the Sport 410 will be available in the United States. For real!
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To keep things nice and exclusive, production is limited to 150 vehicles per year. Already on sale in Europe from €108,500 and £82,000, respectively, the Evora Sport 410 is more focused than the Evora 400 on which it’s based. The key to this track-bred sports car’s dry weight of 1,270 kilograms (2,800 pounds) is, among others, the nose-to-tail carbon fiber components. The optional titanium exhaust system alone sheds 10 kilograms (22 pounds).

Developed through the Lotus 3-Eleven program, the Evora Sport 410 is best considered as a spiritual successor to one of Lotus’ all-time greats: the Esprit Sport 300 and its timeless pop-up headlights. Jean-Marc Gales commented that the new kid on the block “can sprint from 0-60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.9 seconds, and its ballistic pace means that, in the right hands, it’s unbeatable.” The CEO of Lotus goes as far as saying that Evora Sport 410 is “possibly the most accomplished car we have ever built. It’s nothing short of superb."

Far from superb is the engine hiding under the mid-mounted hood. It’s the 2GR-FE 3.5-liter V6 from the Toyota GR series. First employed by the Avalon sedan in 2004, it’s as clear as day that a 12-year-old design can’t hold a candle to more modern engines of the same displacement. But compared to the powerplant in your Avalon, the supercharged 2GR-FE in the Evora Sport 410 churns out 410 hp (416 PS) and 302 lb-ft (410 Nm) at 3,500 rpm.

Curiously enough, Lotus can equip the Evora Sport 410 with an automatic transmission for those customers who miss the point of a sports car. Going for the manual box makes the car 0.1 seconds slower to 60 mph, but then again, it enables a higher top speed: 190 mph (305 km/h) compared to the automatic’s 177 mph (285 km/h). To put those figures into a bigger perspective, the Dodge Viper ACR slithers along at no more than 177 mph.

Incidentally, the ACR is the slowest variant of the Viper.

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