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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Lotus Evora 400

Overall verdict
A far more convincing rival to the Cayman and 911. Pricier as well, though.


The way it drives is little short of sublime


It's still not built or finished like a Porsche, the price is a bit of a surprise


What is it?

Lotus has had a rough ride through the sports car seas in recent years. The Evora was first launched back in 2009, just before the arrival of Danny Bahar and his grand plans to take Lotus into Ferrari’s stomping ground. Ultimately, none of his cars came to fruition while he was still in employment at Hethel, and so the Evora weathered that storm and sailed into the calmer waters of DRB-Hicom ownership. Almost becalmed, in fact. 

Six years after its launch Lotus finally got around to giving the Evora a good freshen up. Bodywork has been tweaked, fit and finish supposedly significantly enhanced and, as the name suggests, the 3.5-litre V6 has been boosted up to a nice round 400bhp. 

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
3.5 V6 +2 GT410 Sport 2dr
4.2s 239g/km 28.0 416 £91,820
The cheapest
4.2s 400 £73,000
The greenest
3.5 V6 +2 GT410 Sport 2dr
4.2s 239g/km 28.0 416 £91,820
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