Putting the small, lightweight British sportscar against the Corvette is childish ...
Putting the small, lightweight British sportscar against the Corvette is childish and slightly nationalist. It’s also what Top Gear used to do all the time, and we know that you guys will love seeing the Lotus Evora and Grand Sport duking it out.
Motor Trend magazine recently tested a Gran Sport against the new Porsche 911 with the turbos and all that, concluding that it’s the best Vette ever built.
This isn’t like that video, as the atmosphere is friendlier. One great example of that is the venue: the little track near Southwest Michigan called GingerMan Raceway, designed with a safety of amateurs in mind.
Even though the Grand Sport is the dominant predator here, you have got to give it up to Lotus. For the first time in what seems like forever, they’ve reported the profit this year. The Evora 400, which can finally be sold in America, could be the big part of that.
So, the Evora 400 – what’s that all about? It’s familiar, sure, and not like the old car. Lotus has re-engineered about 60% of the parts on this vehicle.
The big ones include the whole front end, which has been redesigned, the lower sills, making it easier to get in and out of. The 400 hp supercharged (Toyota) V6 engine makes it slightly faster to 100 km/h than the Porsche Cayman GT4. However, the muscular Corvette is the entirely different story.
Even though the Grand Sport does without a supercharged V8 from the Z06, it’s still faster in the straight line, as proven by the drag race. And the Evora 400 scores one back for Lotus by being having superior braking, despite a carbon ceramic rotors optional rotors installed on the Corvette.
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