While we get the Lotus Evora GT, the British are now treated to two versions of the Evora: the GT410 and GT410 Sport.
Lotus produces criminally underrated sports cars, and the Evora is no exception. Previously, the only Evora available was the GT410 Sport (sold as the Evora GT here in America), but Lotus has since decided to adapt to the reality of harsh driving conditions. Thankfully, the British automaker didn’t just tame the GT410 Sport, rather, Lotus has now announced the GT410, which adds a kiss of comfort to the shockingly spritely GT410 Sport.
The performance of the GT410 has been slightly decreased, but not by much. The damper rate has been revised to allow use for daily driving, presumably so that iced coffee you just picked up doesn’t spill everywhere if you hit a crack in the road. The 0-60mph time is also a hair slower than the GT410 Sport, increasing to 4.1 seconds in the GT410 compared to the 3.9 seconds posted by the GT410 Sport. Top speed of both models stays stagnant at 186 mph. The powertrain also stays the same and still produces 410 horsepower thanks to a mighty four-cylinder.
On the upside, the GT410 gets a feast of upgrades towards overall driving comfort. Occupants are now treated to Sparco sport seats, air-con and a handy reversing camera. A premium infotainment system equipped with sat-nav and Apple CarPlay is now standard. Cabin sound insulation has been increased, lowering road noise to a pleasant decibel. This allows for on-road conversation and the chance to ask your passenger if they’ve survived the g-force from hitting the apex of that last corner.
On the interior, the GT410 has added integrated arm rests and more storage space for overall increased practicality. Cruise control and heated seats also add a level of comfort. The GT410 is equipped with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S all-weather tires for seasonal versatility, and a new rear tailgate features a massive glass section added for improved visibility.
There’s also one more bonus to the GT410: the price tag. Coming in at £82,900, the GT410 is £3,000 less than the GT410 Sport. Lotus has capitalized on this and markets the GT410 as an ‘exceptional value’.
Unfortunately, Lotus has once again tantalized us in America, making the GT410 unobtainable in North America. On the bright side, the Evora GT (the one we can get our hands on) is fabulous. Perhaps Lotus will release the GT410 stateside? We can only hope.