As the fastest production model to ever leave the factory in Hethel, England, the new 2016 Lotus Evora 400 will cost $89,900 when it hits U.S. showrooms this December. Unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show, this mid-engine 2+2 GT flagship has been redesigned to increase its performance on every level. And despite adding more standard equipment, this makeover trimmed 48 pounds from its curb weight. 

Less equals more

Adopting a form-follows-function philosophy, the Evora 400’s bolder but sleeker composite bodywork gives this reimagined Lotus a more purposeful appearance while helping double the available downforce at speed. Slimmer door sills in its stronger bonded-aluminum monocoque core expand the width of the passenger compartment by 11 inches and make accessing the Evora 400’s redesigned cabin significantly easier.

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Mechanically, the 2016 Lotus Evora 400 features an upgraded version of the Toyota-sourced/Lotus-tweaked supercharged 3.5-liter V6 that now develops 400 horsepower – 16-percent more than the version in the Evora S it replaces – and 302 lb-ft of torque. Whether matched with the standard 6-speed manual transmission or available paddle-shift 6-speed automatic, that motive force gets shipped to the rear wheels. However, Evora 400s with the manual gearbox also will be fitted with a Torsen-style limited-slip differential. Regardless of transmission, Lotus says a 0-60 mph sprint will take just 4.1 seconds and top speed is listed at 186 mph.

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The car’s forged-aluminum double-wishbone suspension also is fully up to the task, matching low-mass main elements with Eibach springs and Bilstein shocks while stopping power is supplied by AP Racing brakes. With its enviable combination of more power, less weight and additional downforce, the new Evora 400 managed to slice 6.0 seconds off the best Evora S lap time at the factory’s 2.2-mile Hethel test track.

Grand touring at a higher level

While performance is its forte, the Evora 400 will bolster its GT credentials with a host of standard creature comforts that range from sport seats trimmed in leather/fabric upholstery and a premium Alpine sound system with satellite navigation to a full range of power assists and rear park assist/camera. Key options include full Leather or Alcantara Interior Trim Packs, cruise control, custom diamond-cut or gloss black forged-alloy wheels, yellow painted brake calipers, winter tires and a no-cost rear-seat delete.

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