Production of the potent Lotus Evora 400 has just commenced at the British marque’s factory in Hethel.
Importantly, the first Evora 400 isn’t a customer car and will instead be used by Lotus for promotional purposes. Unlike the original silver Evora 400 display car, this one is painted in metallic black and features a contrasting dark red leather interior.
Lotus is set to begin producing customer-bound Evora 400’s later this month before the first deliveries take place in August. Prospective customers in the United States and China will have to wait until next year before Evora 400 deliveries commence there.
Discussing the significance of the first production example, Lotus chief executive Jean-Marc Gales said “Today is a very significant stage in our long term plan, which we set-out more than a year ago. With the first Evora 400 coming off the line, we have achieved a key milestone for Lotus.”
As a reminder, the Lotus Evora 400 features an uprated version of the Evora S’s supercharged 3.5-litre Toyota V6 engine. It now delivers 400 hp, a 16 per cent increase. Torque is now 410 Nm and the British marque has confirmed it will sprint to 96 km/h in just 4.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 300 km/h. The Lotus Evora 400 is also 22 kg lighter (1415 kg’s total) than the Evora S with the ability to lap the test track at the Lotus Headquarters in Hethel 6 seconds faster than the previous generation Evora.