0-62 mph takes just 3.7 seconds.
After teasing us with some mysterious photos over the last week, Lotus has revealed its latest lightweight sports car. And no, it's not an Evora 410 Roadster, as many were speculating – it's something far more ferocious and less predictable than that. Meet the Lotus Evora GT430: the lightest and most powerful road-going Lotus ever, just when you thought the Evora 410, which was recently introduced to the US, couldn't be improved. Power comes courtesy of an updated supercharged 3.5-liter V6 that generates 424-hp.
This allows the GT430 to rocket from 0-62 mph in just 3.7 seconds and go on to a top speed of 190 mph. Limited to only 60 units, the Evora GT430 marks the return of the famous Lotus GT badge, acknowledging the legendary Esprit V8 GT and the Esprit GT3 before it. As you would expect from a sprightly, weight-conscious Lotus sports car, the GT430 is ludicrously light thanks to extensive use of carbon fiber components, which include a new front splitter, front access panel, roof panel, front and rear bumps, one-piece trunklid, and rear wing. As a result, the GT430 tips the scales with a dry weight of 1,258 kg - that's 26 kg less than the already-light Evora 410.
Its weight loss is particularly impressive when you consider that the GT430's carbon rear wing and larger wheels and tires, which are 10mm thicker than the standard Evora's, add an extra 9 kg. A standard titanium exhaust, lightweight interior components, Öhlins and Eibach adjustable spring and dampers, and lightweight rear brake discs also contributed to the GT430's weight loss. That huge rear wing doesn't just make the GT430 look imposing, either. At its top speed of 190 mph, the GT430 generates 250 kg of downforce to provide generous grip, further helped by exposed carbon fiber weave sections at the front and rear that make for a dramatic design.
To give the GT430 substantial stopping power, 2-piece J-grooved and ventilated brake discs are at the front, paired with AP Racing four-piston calipers all round, while the rear uses 3-piece discs with lightweight aluminum centers. To match the extreme exterior, the cabin is clad with copious amounts of carbon fiber, including carbon race seats, new carbon door sills and a new lightweight carbon instrument binnacle cover with a new graphic design on the instrument panel. Sparco racing seats come as standard with mixed leather and Alcantara trim, which has also been applied to the steering wheel, dashboard, door panels, transmission tunnel, and center console.
For those who intend to take the GT430 to the track, a four-point harness and titanium rear frame can be fitted. An integrated touch-screen infotainment system can also be added, complete with iPhone connectivity, Bluetooth, satellite navigation, and a reversing camera. "Lotus is famous for using its technical expertise to develop the lightest engineering solutions," explained CEO Jean-Marc Gales. "Yes, it is hugely powerful but, the GT430 is not about brutal performance. It's an intricate balance of power, finesse and road holding, no matter the speed, and is a true track-and-back sports car, supremely focused and immensely fast." Priced at £112,000 ($145,384), a US-spec version will be available next spring.