The newcomer, which sits below the GT410 Sport in the Evora range, is designed to be easier to live with than its hardcore sibling. To that end, Lotus has fitted a host of creature comforts, including satellite navigation and air conditioning.
Sparco seats are included in the £82,900 asking price, too, along with a reversing camera and the Apple CarPlay smartphone integration system. And the GT410 also gets revised damping to improve on-road comfort, and extra soundproofing to cut road noise. Lotus has even fitted arm rests in the doors and extra storage to make the car more practical.
Even more impressively, Lotus has enlarged the GT410’s rear window to improve visibility, and changed the tyres. All-weather Michelin Pilot Sport 4S rubber now shrouds the alloy wheels.
All that comes in addition to the standard-fit GT410 Sport equipment, which includes heated seats, cruise control and rear parking sensors. The alloy rims measure 19 inches in diameter at the front and 20 inches at the back.
Lotus will continue to sell the GT410 Sport as a more focussed alternative to the GT410. However, the more expensive but less luxurious model also gets the Sparco seats, air conditioning and satellite navigation system seen on the cheaper GT410.
Although they have different kit lists, both cars come with the same engine. It’s a 3.5-litre supercharged V6 that produces 410bhp, and it sends all that to the rear wheels. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, permitting a 4.1-second 0-60mph time in the GT410. The lighter GT410 Sport, though, will manage that in 3.9 seconds.
Opting for the six-speed automatic gearbox will make little difference to the cars’ acceleration, but it will impact top speed. Whereas the GT410 manual hits 186mph, the auto only manages 174mph.