Lotus just made the Evora more luxurious, more comfortable, and cheaper
Lotus already makes the excellent GT410 Sport, which is pretty much the equivalent of the Evora GT sold in America. Yet for those who want a little less track performance and more daily usability, the new GT410 is a cheaper and more generously-equipped alternative. In the UK, it costs £3000 less than the GT410 Sport ($3900 in USD) and comes complete with plenty of the Evora’s tech and cushier options as standard.
In the GT410, the carbon-fiber bucket seats are replaced by heated Sparco sport seats, while air-conditioning, a reversing camera, cruise control, and the premium infotainment system with sat-nav, Apple CarPlay, and DAB digital radio come at no cost. There’s additional sound insulation as well, while the damper rates have been reduced to provide a smoother ride. Michelin Pilot Sport 4S all-weather tires complete the comfort package, along with a glass tailgate without the louvers, so that you can actually see what’s behind you.
Inside, the doors have integrated armrests and storage bins, while for an exterior package, Lotus came up with a few fresh paint options, along with a body-colored roof, side sills, tailgate, front access panel, and mirror backs, and red AP Racing brake callipers. You’ll also have the option of silver or gloss black V-spoke cast alloy wheels—19-inches up front and 20 inches at the rear.
Costing £82,900 in the UK and €99,900 in Germany, the GT410 is £3000/€11,000 cheaper than the GT410 Sport. (It’s unlikely that Lotus will offer the GT410 in the U.S.) If European customers are hunting for yet more options, Lotus has also re-introduced Sport and Touring packs for the two-seat Elise and the Exige models, allowing customers to spec their coupe more as a daily driver or as a weekend track-goer.
Frankly, we don’t have long before Lotus enters its next phase, filled with more complex products developed under Geely’s backing. Yet for now, the Elise, the Exige, and the Evora are still here, and people should enjoy them at a value price while they can.