Lotus has cranked up the supercharger on its latest sportscar, the Evora GT430, revealing late July that the heavily massaged two-seater will be the most powerful car it’s ever built, packing 430 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque under its engine cover.
The regular Evora is typically sold in a 2+2 seating configuration, with utterly useless rear seats serving only to chauffeur the occasional youngster, a la Porsche 911, but to further sharpen the GT430, the rear seats have been deleted, shaving unnecessary weight.
Carbon fibre has been used extensively to further reduce the car’s curb weight, with the sport seats; door sills; front and rear bumpers; front-trunk; roof panel; lower A-panels; louvered wheel arch vents; rear quarter panels; rear wing; rear diffuser; and tailgate all made from the lightweight, high-strength material. The remaining body panels are made of lightweight aluminum.
Even the exhaust has been switched out for titanium piping, cutting another 10 kilograms from the car’s weight, for a feather-light road-ready curb weight of only 1,299 kilograms.
In short, the GT430 constitutes a performance special not unlike the raw, unadulterated GT Renn Sport cars surfacing from Porsche.
Unlike the naturally aspirated GT RS cars hailing from Germany, however, the Evora GT430 will be force-fed by an up-rated supercharger bolted to its Toyota-sourced 3.5-litre V6 engine block; the increased boost, in concert with the new exhaust and some engine mapping, is responsible for the car’s range-topping power output.
Thanks to its decreased weight and increased kick, Lotus says its GT430 will be capable of hitting 100 km/h from naught in only 3.8 seconds, going on to a top speed of 305 km/h (190 mph).
With increased wing area front and rear, the GT430 will be stable at high speed, producing 250 kilograms of downforce at terminal velocity.
A six-speed manual will be the only transmission on offer, tethered to a Torsen-type limited-slip differential at the rear axle.
The exterior will receive LED daytime running lights and a rear parking sensor, while the interior is treated to Alcantara, perforated leather, and carbon-fibre trim—but Lotus loyalists will not be distracted by these eye-catching trappings, and instead entirely focused on the next apex.
With a limited production run of only 60 cars for worldwide distribution, getting your hands on a copy will be a tall order. Lotus has set the MSRP at £112,500 in the U.K., translating to a Canadian sticker price of $184,000 CAD at current exchange rates, but given the car’s exclusivity and purity of purpose, we wouldn’t be surprised to see it trading hands well above its asking price.
A local Toronto-area Lotus dealer told us the Evora GT430 will not be available for sale in Canada, but it’s possible one or two could be imported as second-hand cars at a later date.
Lotus’ slightly-less-rabid Evora 400 is currently available for sale at dealerships across Canada with sticker prices hanging around the $150,000-mark.