What’s New for 2016?
After a hiatus last year, the Evora is back with a limited-production, high-performance model called the 2016 Lotus Evora 400, which features, unsurprisingly, 400 horsepower.
What We Like
Reliable engine; surprisingly good gas mileage; fairly practical (for a Lotus); reasonably priced; great driving experience
What We Don’t
Styling isn’t as wild as Elise; still not practical by most standards; Lotus’s future is uncertain
For several years, the mid-engine Evora has been Lotus’s flagship model. Now, it’s the brand’s only model, as the Elise and Exige left the market a few years back. And while we thought the Lotus might be gone for good after the Evora skipped the last model year, the Evora 400 revives the sporty coupe with a vengeance.
Designed to square off against established sports cars such as the Porsche Cayman, the Evora 400 features either 2- or 4-seat configurations and a 3.5-liter V6 sourced from — this is actually true — the Toyota Camry. But the Evora is otherwise un-Camrylike in every way, touting 400 hp thanks to a supercharger and some massaging under the hood.
It isn’t just extra power that makes the 2016 Lotus Evora 400 stand out compared to its predecessor, as the model also offers a 92-lb weight reduction from the outgoing version — along with an improved interior. There’s also the impressive top speed of 186 miles per hour, and the 0-to-60 time of around 4 seconds.
So can you get one? Well, not quite yet. Though Lotus has promised the Evora 400 for U.S. customers, the automaker hasn’t yet made any deliveries as of May 2016. You can put that uncertain future front and center on the list of the Lotus’s drawbacks, right up there with the price tag, which will likely top $75,000 with shipping.