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Evora evolves: The most powerful Lotus sport car yet

  • Take me down country roads
  • Brutal luxury in limited numbers
  • Devastating power, full track handling
Image: Lotus Cars / Newspress

LONDON, England – Lotus has unveiled its most powerful road-going model yet – the Evora GT430 – but only 60 will be assembled.

The launch comes soon after the introduction of the Lotus Evora 400 and Evora Sport 410 to global markets,

Lotus describes the car as “a beautiful and pure combination of elegance and power with hand-crafted carbon-fibre components and a previously level of precision engineering and design”.

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Image: Lotus Cars / Newspess

The cars willl have a new development of the 3.5-litre V6 supercharged and charge-cooled engine producing 322kW/440Nm and benefiting from a significant increase in downforce.

Lotus adds: “This rare-breed Evora GT430 is a class apart from its competitors.”


The automaker says the new Evora GT430 “delivers tremendous real-world speed and handling unheard of in its class” and looks set to become “a true collectors’ car” capable of 0-100km/h in 3.7sec and 305km/h top speed.

The body panels feature exposed carbon-weave sections, front and rear,.

The Lotus GT430 can generate as much as 250kg of downforce helped by larger front apertures, a new carbon-fibre splitter and air blades and louvres above each front wheel-arch “clearly illustrate the supercar credentials of the Evora GT430 when viewed head on”.

Ducts behind each rear wheel emphasise the wide Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres and there’s large rear diffuser.

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Jean-Marc Gales, Group Lotus CEO, told The Corner in a media release: “The Evora GT430 is a landmark car for us. Light engineering, class-leading handling and Lotus’ aerodynamic expertise, define the Evora GT430. It’s a truly beautiful car, meticulously finished in hand-crafted carbon, and using the latest aerodynamics and light materials.

Ultra-light forged aluminium wheels are standard, in either black or silver, with optional finishes in gloss red or a gloss black. Dynamic stability modes (with ‘Drive‘, ‘Sport’, ‘Race’ and ‘Off’ settings) can be selected.

The Evora GT430 also includes a newly developed variable traction control function, linked directly to the ECU, which allows the amount of wheel slip to be set by the driver while in ‘Race / Off’ setting, with five pre-set traction levels (1%, 3%, 6%, 9%, 12% slip) and ‘Off’ displayed via the instrument cluster.

Image: Lotus Cars / Newspress

The car has two-piece J-grooved and ventilated brake discs at the front with AP Racing four-piston calipers all round.

Gales added: “Lotus is famous for using its technical expertise to develop the lightest engineering solutions. Yes, it is hugely powerful, but is not about brutal performance.

“It’s an intricate balance of power, finesse and road-holding at any speed – a true track-and-back sports car, supremely focused and immensely fast.”


The steering-wheel, facia, door panels, transmission tunnel and centre console are each trimmed with a combination of black Alcantara and perforated leather.

Full leather or full Alcantara is an option but  at each is complemented by contrasting red and white stitching.

The base price, converted from sterling and ignoring taxes and duties, is the equivalent of R1 890 000.

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