2017 Lotus Evora 400 first drive: Welcome back

In 2010 former boss Dany Bahar announced (to put it nicely) an ‘ambitious’ plan to launch six all-new, powerful and luxurious models and turn the British sports car brand into a rival to Ferrari. It was a radical proposal that deviated a long way from what the brand has been about since it was founded by Colin Chapman in the 1950s. Under Bahar the company even hired hip hop artist and producer Swizz Beats as a Vice President of Creative Design.

The numbers are certainly impressive. The 3.5-liter engine has been tuned to deliver 400 horsepower (a 55-hp increase) and 302 lb-ft of torque. Together with a 49-pound weight reduction to a claimed 3119 pounds, the official zero-to-60-mph time is reduced to 4.1 seconds and the top speed boosted to 186 mph…

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