The Lotus Evora is one of my favorite cars ever. The new Evora 400 makes history by eclipsing the twin-turbo Esprit V8 as the most powerful production Lotus road car to date.
With 400 horsepower and 302 lb-ft of torque, courtesy of a revised supercharger and a water-to-air intercooler, the Evora should easily hit its claimed top speed of 186 mph. (Insider tidbit: the sum total of internal changes made to the Toyota Camry V6 to prepare it for supercharged duty is… none.) The car's also dropped 49 pounds thanks to some material changes. It's scheduled for US distribution in 2016. Let's cross our fingers.
Oh, one more thing: I'd be shirking my duty as a lifelong Lotus Esprit fan (a friend of mine owns three S1 Esprits, one of which I've towed a few times behind my Land Rovers over the years) if I didn't note that the Esprit V8 could have easily made more than its rated 350 hp. The problem was the transmission, which dated back to the four-cylinder Esprits and couldn't handle any more juice.
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