Unique Lotus Evora 410 Pays Tribute To James Bond's Esprit S1 Submarine


Just don't try driving it underwater.

When you think of Bond cars, you automatically think of Aston Martins. But back in 1977, Bond traded his Aston for a Lotus Esprit S1 in "The Spy Who Loved Me." It’s arguably the most iconic car to feature in the franchise after the Aston Martin DB5, mainly due to its amphibious abilities shown in a memorable scene where Bond escapes his pursuers by plunging into the sea and continuing on underwater. In honor of the film’s 40th anniversary, Lotus is building a one-off Evora Sport 410 that pays tribute to the amphibious Bond car.

The unique Evora Sport 410 shares design cues from the iconic Esprit S1, starting with a color-coded front bumper to make the front end match its movie car counterpart. The one-piece carbon fiber tailgate is part keyed in white, which Lotus says was done “to give the illusion of a traditional liftback.” Other cosmetic changes include bespoke badges on the B-pillars along with a black coach line similar to the original Esprit S1. References to the iconic Esprit S1 continue in the interior, with plush carbon fiber plaid sports seats and door cards in the same tartan trim, as well as red stitching complementing the Alcantara dashboard and console.

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“So many of us recall the impact of the Lotus Esprit when it hit the big screen in The Spy Who Loved Me, and we wanted to honor that with a special Evora Sport 410," said Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Lotus. It’s the perfect tribute to such an influential Lotus, but a world away in terms of its abilities and performance. Supremely fast and agile, rivals’ cars look overweight and underpowered in comparison," Gales continued. "Lotus was founded on the principle of lightweight engineering and, even today, nobody does it better.”

Other than that, the tribute car retains the engineering excellence of the standard Evora Sport 410, featuring the same supercharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 410 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, as well as advanced aerodynamics that deliver up to 64 kg of downforce. Of course, being a Lotus you can expect it to be extremely light, thanks to hand-made carbon-fiber components that make it thrilling to drive. Only 150 examples of the Evora Sport 410 are produced each year, and it will finally go on sale in the US this spring. Just don’t try driving it underwater.