2017 Lotus Evora 400 Review
Which Evora 400 does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
- 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
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 models
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.
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Features & Specs
Our experts like the Evora 400 models:
- 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.
Used 2017 Lotus Evora 400 Overview
The Used 2017 Lotus Evora 400 is offered in the following submodels: Evora 400 Coupe. Available styles include 2+0 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl S/C 6M), and 2+2 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl S/C 6M). The Used 2017 Lotus Evora 400 comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed manual.
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Should I lease or buy a 2017 Lotus Evora 400?
Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.