2017 Lotus Evora 400

2017 Lotus Evora 400
2017 Lotus Evora 400


  • Nimble and lightweight handling
  • Rarity compared to other mainstream sports cars


  • Backseat is tiny
  • Tight spacing of the pedals
  • Hard to see out the back
  • Limited dealer network
Lotus Evora 400 years

Which Evora 400 does Edmunds recommend?

Things are pretty straightforward in Lotus-land when it comes to selecting a 2017 Evora 400. The big decisions center around color and interior trim. Go for a rich color like Racing Green or Metallic Blue since the brighter colors make the Evora appear too toylike. All three of the cabin treatments are attractive, and it (nearly) goes without saying that we gravitate toward the manual gearbox. Opt for cruise control and the Black Pack, but skip the carbon-fiber bits, titanium exhaust and lithium-ion battery, all of which shave a relatively tiny amount of weight for an eye-watering price.

Edmunds' Expert Review

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When Lotus stopped selling the Evora in the United States after the 2014 model year, it was fair to wonder if or when the company would again be selling road-going cars. Well, now we have an answer. The 2017 Evora 400 reveals that there's life to the Lotus brand after all, with the automaker claiming that this is the fastest Lotus yet produced.

The Evora 400's supercharged, Toyota-sourced V6 gains a water-to-air intercooler, bumping output to 400 horsepower (hence the "400" in its model name). The all-aluminum structure has been massaged for more stiffness, less mass and easier entry. There's new bodywork that loses some stylistic elegance but substantially reduces aerodynamic lift at high speed.

You can be sure that the Evora 400 is precise, fast and rewarding to drive, yet is more well-rounded than the old Lotus Elise and Exige. This is the Lotus for grown-ups. Lotus, however, is still a tiny company and doesn't have the financial wherewithal to offer the Evora 400 in a vast variety of configurations. To wit, you won't find a dual-clutch automatic gearbox, adaptive dampers or rear-wheel steering in an Evora 400.

While the Evora was undergoing its metamorphosis into the Evora 400, the competition continued to evolve, too. Lotus' German rivals are building sophisticated and awe-inspiring sports cars that make extremely compelling cases for themselves by any objective assessment. For some people, though, only a Lotus will do.

2017 Lotus Evora 400 configurations

The 2017 Lotus Evora 400 is available in a single trim level that in the reality of 2017 is fairly spartan but by Lotus standards is positively replete with features. Standard equipment includes a backup camera, rear parking alerts, heated seats, navigation and a four-speaker audio system. It's already a pretty specialized car, though there is a degree of customization available — paint color, wheel color, your choice of three interior treatments and the option of blacked-out exterior elements.

All Evora 400 models are equipped with a supercharged 3.5-liter V6 (400 hp, 302 lb-ft of torque) and come standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. A six-speed automatic transmission is optional, but you lose the Torsen limited-slip differential and a little bit of your soul in the bargain. Other stand-alone options include forged wheels, cruise control, deleted backseats, premium audio, deleted air-conditioning, a titanium exhaust, a lightweight lithium-ion battery and power seats. A Carbon Pack swaps out some of the exterior trim with carbon-fiber replacements, saving some 11 pounds.

Trim tested

Edmunds has not yet driven any version of this vehicle, but we have limited experience with an earlier model. The following is our first take on what's significant about it and what you can expect.


We expect the revised V6 to provide robust acceleration even from low revs. Previous Evoras offered adroit steering and handling, plus very strong brakes.


The cozy cabin has snug and supportive front seats. The ride is fairly compliant given the car's capability.


The front wheelwell intrudes on foot space, which can be awkward for some drivers. The rear seats are almost useless for transporting humans, and rear visibility is very poor.


Its cargo hold isn't vast, but at least it is shaped to be as useful as possible — wide, deep and rectangular-ish.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2017 Lotus Evora 400.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Lotus Evora 400 Red with Black pack
Steve Meeks,01/14/2018
The 2017 Lotus is not only an eye catcher but it has complete drivers feel. The car is larger and more roomy than other Lotus models. I have the manual transmission I wanted back to drive a true sports car. I have owned Porsche's and the new Porsche's have lost the fell of the road and the fun of driving the same as the new McLaren. The McLaren is beautiful and fun but the new models take away again that sports car feel. I have 3000 miles on the car and use it as a daily driver I have only had the car for 2 months , no problems. The Toyota supercharged engine has plenty of power and the shiftier is very easy to use . The clutch has a very soft feel I prefer a clutch to be a little stiffer but you have to look at the general public. There are very few autos today who give you driving pleasure and the true feel of the road that is why I went back to Lotus, driving excitement and simplicity in a great sports car. Update review I now have 15673 miles on the car and it has been trouble free . My wife likes riding in this car rather than the Porsche she feels more comfortable riding in the Evora 400. This spring we took a trip to Idaho 2600 miles round trip and no problems, everyone we met on the road asked about the Lotus due to its limited production. Last week a 911 wanted to race us and the Porsche was no match for the Lotus. The Porsche has 370 hp and 285 lbs of torque at the crank where the lotus has 407 hp with 350 torque at the wheels from a dyno machine. If you are looking for a true sports car with precision and balance then go with the Lotus. If you just want to be seen in a Porsche and pay more money for less handling and higher service costs then buy the Porsche. This car is great on country roads where driving sport cars are fun if you just drive around town then the Lotus is not for you.
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Features & Specs

16 city / 24 hwy
Seats 4
6-speed manual
400 hp @ 7000 rpm
16 city / 24 hwy
Seats 2
6-speed manual
400 hp @ 7000 rpm
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Our experts’ favorite Evora 400 safety features:

Reversing Camera
Displays a view from the car's rear bumper on the center screen, allowing the driver to see what's directly behind the car.
Rear Parking Sensors
System sounds an audible alert based on proximity of the back of the car to nearby objects.
Driver Selectable ESP Modes
Provides three levels of stability control intervention to alter the handling as desired.

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More about the 2017 Lotus Evora 400

The 2017 Lotus Evora 400 is a revitalized sports car that promises to be the quickest ever from the British automaker. It certainly looks the part, with a newly gaping maw, more aggressive bodywork and serious aerodynamic addenda. There is one trim level. Standard features aren't plentiful and the options list not especially comprehensive, but it's still the best-equipped Lotus ever. Needless to say, driver assistance features don't number prominently, either.

In base form the 2017 Lotus Evora 400 is equipped with a navigation system, a backup camera, rear parking sensors, heated seats and a manual transmission. Besides an optional automatic transmission, many of the available stand-alone options pertain to removing various aspects in order to reduce weight.

For no charge, you can elect to have the backseats removed, the air-conditioning binned, and the audio system's subwoofer and amplifier scuttled. Other weight-saving measures cost you dearly. There's a lithium-ion battery, forged wheels, a carbon-fiber package that replaces certain body pieces with replacements made from the pretty black composite material, and a titanium exhaust system. These measures are less about making meaningful reductions in weight and more about customizing it just the way you want it.

A paint-to-sample program is available for a heady sum, while the Black Pack trades out some of the body-color exterior elements for glossy black ones. This latter package does a remarkable job of adding visual interest to the Evora 400.

Other contemporary sports cars offer more outright speed or equipment and features, but Lotus prefers to keep things simple in the interest of saving weight. The Evora 400 still doesn't manage to undercut its chief rival by an awful lot of weight, but its focus on simplicity is at the core of the brand. It's still able to have enough creature comforts that the car's appeal will attract the attention of a wider audience. Edmunds' car-buying tools will be of unparalleled assistance when you're ready to take the next step of finding the 2017 Lotus Evora 400 that's right for you.

2017 Lotus Evora 400 Overview

The 2017 Lotus Evora 400 is offered in the following submodels: Evora 400 Coupe. Available styles include 2+2 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl 6M), and 2+0 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl 6M).

What do people think of the 2017 Lotus Evora 400?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 Lotus Evora 400 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 Evora 400 5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2017 Evora 400.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2017 Lotus Evora 400 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2017 Evora 400 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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