The Lotus Evora GT 410 is the softer, more daily drive friendly 2+2 and it’s now confirmed for Australia. A bit of luxury, slightly softer chassis but still fast and light.
Lotus Cars announced the 410 a few weeks and Lotus Cars Australia has not only said it’s coming, but have slapped a price tag on it.
We’re big fans of the Evora here, even if we haven’t yet driven it in manual. See our Evora 400 review here. And check out our Exige 410 and Elise Sprint 220 and Cup 250 reviews. And see how owning a Lotus can get you access to Mt Panorama for a day. And see what Lotus’ Executive Director of Asia-Pacific and China thinks the new Lotus looks like.
How much is a Lotus Evora and what do I get?
GT 410 Manual: $189,990
GT 410 IPS Automatic: $193,990
410 Sport Manual: $194,990
410 Sport IPS Automatic: $198,990
The Evora GT is a slight change to the car’s philopsophy. Whereas you could – and should – cheerfully drive your Evora to a track and whizz around for the day and then drive it home, the GT is more about being a friendly daily driver.
To that end, you get new-to-Evora Sparco seats in the front, new dark cloth and leather trim throughout the cabin and black carpets. Also standard is a 7.0-inch touchscreen with a four-speaker stereo sat nav, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a reversing camera. The camera works in tandem with rear parking sensors.
The air-con stays – obviously – and the Evora GT has cruise control, sound insulation pack and powered heated door mirrors. You can choose a two-seater or 2+2 as a no-cost option, which also includes two ISOFIX points.
As it’s slightly less focussed, a cheaper traditional battery replaces the lithium-ion unit in the Evora Sport, but that’s available as an option.
Michelin Pilot Sport 4S wrap the 19-inch front and 20-inch rears, which are a V-spoke alloy design.
You can add the Sport Pack which includes a black Alcantara-trimmed steering, wheel, sport suspension, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres and a choice of GT430-style wheels.
A pretty comprehensive options list includes a titanium exhaust, carbon roof and various other panels, various leather and Alcantara trim bits and a beefier stereo speaker set.
Drivetrain and Chassis
The 410 refers to the horsepower output of the 3.5-litre supercharged V6 from Toyota. Developing 306kW at 7000rpm and 410Nm at 3500rpm, the 1395kg GT will hit 100km/h in 4.2 seconds in both manual and auto. Top speed for the manual is 300km/h with the auto topping out at 280km/h.
The manual can manage 10.6L/100km with the auto drinking at the rate of 11L/100km. Like you care.
The GT’s chassis tune is called Touring. New Bilstein dampers and a slightly different steering tune are the headlines here. Manual versions retain the Torsen limited slip diff.
The front brakes are 370mm with four-piston AP Racing calipers and the rears 350mm, again with AP Racing calipers.
The Lotus Evora GT 410 is on sale now, but no word on when the first cars might land. The Evora is already an absurdly comfortable and capable car, so knocking off a few decibels of road noise and adding a few modest comforts should make that bit more appealing.
As David McIntyre told us, Evora has driven Lotus Cars’ growth over the last two years, especially in China and the US. While Australian Lotus fans may not see the point, the company hopes to lure a few folks happy with a left-field purchase over the usual suspects.
I’d have this over a Cayman any day of the week.
Peter Anderson is the Editor and founder of the theredline.com.au. He’s been writing about cars for years and finds it difficult to talk about anything else.