It seems that the fabled Lotus Evora 400 convertible may become a reality with new CEO Jean-Marc Gales at the wheel. The company has confirmed that the Lotus Evora 400 will be offered as a convertible as early as next summer. There should not be a dramatic difference in feel or performance between the two options, and Lotus is making every effort to ensure that the convertible is quite effortless to operate.
The coupe version of the Lotus Evora 400 will be hitting showrooms sometime this year as a 2017 model year starting at around $90k. The topless sibling will arrive a few months behind her and likely have a higher price tag. The convertible’s design will still allow for rear seating via a folding top and removable panels that stow behind the rear seats. For those concerned with playing Tetris with the panels, they are said to be just 6 pounds each for ease of use.
The 2017 Louts Evora 400 at a glance:
- The chassis is aluminum
- Very little structural engineering is needed to revamp the model into a convertible, and the performance specifications will be fairly close
- The standard Evora 400 packs a 3.5-liter V6 engine delivering 400 healthy horses, hence the 400 included in the name
- The Evora 400 hits the 0-60 mile per hour sprint in 4.1 seconds with a top speed of 186 miles per hour
- It is the fastest and most powerful production Lotus ever. With specs like this, even if the topless version is a touch slower, one must ask: Does it matter? Not really.
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