In the 1980s and ’90s there was a running joke that Lotus, a brand whose vehicles once enjoyed a checkered reliability record, stood for “Lots Of Trouble, Usually Serious.” These days, we’re thinking about changing that jab to “Lots Of Temptation, Unattainable Stateside,” because most Lotuses are hot items but aren’t available in the U.S. Take this new Evora GT410, for example—it’s just like the long-serving Evora is sold in America, now in GT form for 2020, but geared toward a more comfortable driving experience. Sounds appealing, right? Well, Lotus isn’t sending it here.
The GT, in keeping with its grand touring nomenclature, is a less hard-core, softer version of the Evora sports car. Helping round off the Evora’s edge is more standard kit, including Sparco sport seats, standard air conditioning (hey, quit laughing—it’s an option on the Euro Evora GT410 Sport), and an updated infotainment display with Apple CarPlay integration (also included in the U.S.-bound 2020 Evora GT). Lastly, Lotus stuffs some extra sound insulation into the Evora’s nooks and crannies to attempt to quell noise, vibration, and harshness levels.
Lotus has retuned the GT’s suspension to be slightly more forgiving along a bumpy road, and the car now comes with Michelin’s excellent new Pilot Sport 4S tires as standard. That rubber’s wet-weather performance, in combo with the softer suspension setup, should really help the GT410 shine in myriad weather conditions, including the forever rain that falls around England. A new set of wheels, a different front bumper, and a few other minor cosmetic tweaks highlight the GT410’s differences relative to the (again, foreign-market) 410 Sport.
Next to the comfort- and style-focused changes, the GT410’s mechanicals are unchanged from the regular model’s, right down to its 410-hp supercharged V-6 engine and six-speed manual or automatic transmissions. The “softer” Evora should therefore drive a lot like the smokin’ Evora GT we already love so much. While we dig the idea of a more daily-drivable Lotus Evora, there isn’t much to be sad about it not being sent to the U.S., because you can still grab a 2020 Evora GT. Your back can probably handle a slightly firmer ride, can’t it?
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