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.
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