Customers can get a cup holder now, too.
At 3,075 pounds (1,395 kilograms), the standard Lotus Evora 400 in Europe is pretty light already, but the British brand is now offering a new Carbon Pack, lithium-ion battery, and a titanium exhaust. If customers order these upgrades with the current mass-reducing options, the coupe’s weight falls to a svelte 2,983 pounds (1,353 kg). Best of all, the upgrades are available to customers in all markets where the Evora 400 is sold, including the United States.
The Carbon Pack adds lightweight body parts from the Lotus Evora Sport 410 that shed 11 pounds (5kg). The new pieces with a visible weave replace the front splitter, roof, center portion of the rear wing, part of the rear diffuser, mirror caps, and the front access panel. The titanium exhaust’s single trapezoidal exit looks especially purposeful with the kit.
The Carbon Pack costs $10,000 in the U.S, 9,000 euros in Germany, and 6,500 pounds in the U.K. The exhaust is an additional $8,000, 7,000 euros, or 5,500 pounds. Finally the lithium-ion battery goes for $1,690, 1,890 euros, or 1,350 pounds. If customers really want to shave off weight, they can choose to delete the rear seats and air conditioning as no-cost options.
Some buyers don’t mind a little more weight for extra convenience, and Lotus is making the Evora 400 a little more useful by fitting a cup holder and change tray. The piece weighs just 4.2 ounces (120 grams). It’s standard on models in the United States and Canada, but buyers elsewhere have to pay extra.
Gallery: Lotus Evora 400 Carbon Package
FOR LOTUS, AGAIN, LIGHT IS RIGHT
Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 15:00
New Carbon Pack, Lithium Ion battery and titanium exhaust options
Lightweight options reduce the weight of the Lotus Evora 400 to 1,353 kg (2,983 lbs)
Available on Lotus Evora 400 from now
Once again doing even more with even less, Lotus is pleased to announce a selection of new lightweight options, including a new Carbon Pack, Lithium Ion battery and titanium sports exhaust for the Evora 400.
No other car manufacturer can claim a better track record when it comes to light weight. Now in its 68th year, Lotus still remains true to the ethos of the company’s founder Colin Chapman, and his approach to weight-optimised design and construction.
Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus plc said, “The Lotus Evora 400 is already the lightest car in its segment, with super car performance, benchmark handling and the purity of the driving experience expected of a Lotus. We are now giving customers an opportunity to drive an even lighter and more responsive car.”
Available in all markets, the new Carbon Pack uses a number of components already fitted to the ultra-lightweight Lotus Evora Sport 410 as standard. The Carbon Pack includes a front splitter section, roof panel, rear wing centre, rear diffuser finisher, front access panel and wing mirror caps.
The hand-made parts cut mass by 5kg (11 lbs) whilst at the same time providing a contrasting and aesthetically beautiful carbon finish. Reducing weight still further, a lightweight titanium sports exhaust and lithium-ion battery can be specified, which each save a further 10kg (22 lbs).
In addition, Lotus has introduced a cup holder and oddment tray to all Evora models. Fitted as standard to USA and Canada specification vehicles, it becomes an option for Evora 400 in EU and Asia. Weighing only 120 g (1/4 lb), the cup holder has an almost negligible effect on the overall weight of the car, and demonstrates perfectly how Lotus will bend to market demands whilst at the same time ensuring its core values of lightweight and purity are maintained.
The new lightweight options for the Evora 400 join a number of existing weight saving measures, helping customers make the most of the car’s already impressive power-to-weight ratio. These include the deletion of the air conditioning system and specifying the 2+0 seating option. When combined, the lightweight options provide a combined saving of 42 kg (93 lbs) over the Evora 400’s already impressive low weight of 1,395 kg (3,075 lbs) * to 1,353 kg (2,983 lbs) and with 400 hp on tap, it offers a performance envelope that eclipses many of its substantially more expensive rivals.
The optional Carbon Pack costs £6,500, €9,000 (Germany), $10,000 (USD), the titanium sports exhaust £5,500, €7,000 (Germany), $8,000 (USD) and the lithium-ion battery £1,350, €1,890 (Germany), $1,690 (USD). The deletion of air conditioning and the selection of 2+0 seating is a no-cost option. All prices are MSRP.
* USA and Canada Evora 400 weighs 1,430 kg (3,153 lbs).