2020 Lotus Evora GT Adds Power, Downforce and Lightness

Small but significant tweaks make Lotus’s charming 2+2 even better for 2020.

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It's always a good day when Lotus reveals a new car. This is the 2020 Evora GT, the replacement for the Evora 400 and 410. It brings a bit more power, revised aerodynamics, and, as you'd expect from any Lotus, plenty of added lightness.

Let's start with the powertrain. Behind the cabin sits the Evora's familiar 3.5-liter Toyota-sourced supercharged V-6, now making 416 horsepower (six more than the Evora 410). Torque comes in at 317 lb-ft when paired with the six-speed manual, or 332 lb-ft with the automatic. Despite the disparity, the manual version is able to sprint from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds—one tenth quicker than the automatic. That's not the only plus—keep the manual, and you also get a Torsen-style limited-slip differential.

Of course, Evora GT is more than just an Evora 400 with a retuned engine. Lotus has made several subtle changes to the exterior to maximize airflow, resulting in 141 pounds of maximum downforce—double that of the last Evora 400. From the press release:

The additional downforce is created by the combination of the deep front splitter and new motorsport-derived rear diffuser, mounted beneath lightweight composite mesh grille. Curved lower A-panels smooth air flow along the sides of the car, reducing drag, and front wheel arch air louvres and sculptured carbon fiber ducts behind each rear wheel vent high pressure air from the wheel arches, balancing downforce front and rear.

Of course, aero is only half of the equation. The other half—lightness—is Lotus's specialty. The rear bumper, front fender panels, rear wheel arch vents, Sparco bucket seats, and side sills are all made of carbon fiber as standard. Add the optional carbon fiber pack, and the door sills, roof, diffuser, and rear trunk hatch become carbon as well. Reducing unsprung mass are forged 19-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and AP Racing brakes gripping lightweight two-piece discs.

Bilstein dampers with Eibach springs come standard, though buyers can option lightweight Öhlins TTX aluminum two-way adjustable dampers to subtract even more weight from the car. Unlike the Evora 410, which came strictly in two-seat guise, the new Evora GT can be optioned in four-seat configuration—though if your goal is lightness, we wouldn't recommend it.

The Evora GT comes standard with four driver-selectable traction modes: Drive, Sport, Race, and Off. The two middle settings, Sport and Race, increase throttle response and allow more traction slip before the system intervenes, meaning more fun on the limit for the driver without the risk of pushing things too far.

Starting MSRP for the 2020 Lotus Evora GT comes in at $96,950, with order books already open. Get yours configured quickly before the waitlist gets too long.

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