The latest iteration of the Lotus Evora – the Evora GT430 – has been described by the carmaker as its most potent road-going model so far. It is the lightest and most powerful Evora. But Evora is introducing a version of the Evora GT430 that is as powerful, but is lighter and faster. Welcome the new Lotus Evora GT430 Sport, which is available to order now.
Still powering the new Lotus Evora GT430 Sport is a 3.5-liter supercharged and charge-cooled V6 engine that is tuned to provide 430 hp (436 PS) of max output at 7,000 rpm as well as 440 Nm (325 lb.-ft.) of peak torque available at 4,500 rpm. This allows the new Lotus Evora GT430 Sport to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds, as quick as the new Lotus Evora GT430.
The V6 engine sends power to the wheels of the Evora GT430 Sport through a six-speed manual transmission with a low-inertia, single-mass flywheel or – starting January 2018 – a six-speed automatic transmission that employs an optimized gearbox ECU for ultra-fast changes and lightweight aluminum paddles mounted to the steering wheel. The six-speed automatic gearbox will also be offered on the Evora GT430 starting January 2018.
Interestingly, the automatic versions of the Evora GT430 and the Evora GT430 Sport come with 10 Nm more torque (to 450 Nm), allowing these high-performance sports to complete the 0-60 mph sprint around 0.1 seconds faster to 3.6 seconds.
However, the new Lotus Evora GT430 Sport has a dry weight of 1248 kg, making it 10 kg lighter than the 1258-kg Evora GT430, thereby bringing the power-to-weight ratio to 345 hp per ton. This was achieved by getting rid of some aerodynamic elements like the massive profiled carbon wing, carbon fiber splitter, as well as louvers on top of each front wheel arch. However, despite the absence of these aerodynamic elements, Lotus was still able to conjure some magic – by employing two larger carbon fiber front ducts with integrated air blades, curved rear edges of the front wheel arch panels, as well as sculpted ducts behind each rear wheel. Thanks to these features, the Evora GT430 Sport could generate up to 100 kg of downforce at 196 mph.
Of course, the new Evora GT430 Sport – just like the Evora GT430 – features a number of racy elements like the Ohlins TTX two-way adjustable dampers, a Torsen-type limited slip differential (LSD) and an adjustable traction control system, as well as J-grooved and ventilated brake discs as paired with AP Racing four-piston calipers all round.
Since Evora GT430 Sport has a top speed of 196 mph (315 km/h) – compared to Evora GT430’s 190 mph (305 km/h) – it has become the fastest Lotus production car so far.
Inside, the Evora GT430 Sport employs matt black interior panels, Lotus’ detailed carbon race seats, new carbon door sills and a new lightweight carbon instrument binnacle cover, and an instrument panel with new design graphic. Black Alcantara and perforated leather wrap the steering wheel, door panels, dashboard, transmission tunnel and center console – complemented by red-and-white stitching.