Lotus signals about the future of the Evora family

23-04-2019 09:14
Lotus has used the recently concluded 2019 Shanghai Motor show to introduce the audience to its facelifted Evora GT4 Concept

Lotus has used the recently concluded 2019 Shanghai Motor show to introduce the audience to its facelifted Evora GT4 Concept. The design study provides us with a good idea of what we should expect from the car marque in the near future. The show car will soon enter the car pool of the Lotus Driving Academy in China.

The prototype racecar boasts carbon bodywork, an adjustable rear wing, forged wheels wrapped in sleek performance tires, and a dedicated air intake for cooling the air inside the cabin. The manufacturer stripped the car of all bells and whistles, reducing its net weight to just around 1,200 kilograms (2,645 lbs).

Powering the GT4 Concept is a 3.5-liter supercharged V6 engine capable of 456 hp (340 kW) and 510 Nm (376 lbft) of torque. The company hasn’t quoted any acceleration figures, but mentioned that it could hit 274 km/h (170 mph) going in a straight line.

The facelift of the Evora racecar should boost sales of its street-legal counterpart in China. A limited series called the Lotus Evora GT410 hit the showrooms across the country just a few days ago, boasting a similar 3.5-liter supercharged V6 rated at 405 hp (302 kW) and 410 Nm (302 Nm) of torque. The street-legal vehicle needs 4.2 seconds to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) and goes up to 280 km/h (174 mph) at most. It costs 972,000 Chinese Yuan (~144,800 USD) in its most basic trim, which is 97,000 Yuan (~14,450 USD) above the price tag of the Porsche Cayman 718 GTS that does 365 hp / 272 kW.

The company also attended the Shanghai show with its Type 130 Concept, the first brand-new Lotus vehicle in 10 years and its first all-electric hypercar ever. The company said it would reveal the detailed tech specs soon, so stay tuned.

Photos: Lotus

Chief Editor Olga Markelova
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