Lotus Evora GT430 debuts as most powerful model ever

Lotus has revealed its most powerful road-going model ever, called the Evora GT430. Just 60 examples will be made, making it one of the most exclusive Lotus models ever as well.

Based on the Evora 400 and Evora Sport 410, the GT430 comes packaged with the same Toyota-derived 3.5-litre supercharged V6. Only it’s tweaked so it produces, you guessed it, 430hp. In Aussie lingo that’s 321kW.

As a result, accelerating from 0-60mph (97km/h) can take as little as 3.7 seconds, while the top speed is an impressive 305km/h. Part of this performance is thanks to its lightness, tipping the scales at just 1258kg (dry).

Aside from the lift in engine power over the regular Evora, the GT430 comes with a unique aero package comprising of bespoke front and rear bumper bars, with exposed-weave carbon fibre, along with a special front splitter, air blades, and a big rear wing. There are also turbulence-reducing vents around the wheel arches and louvers for the body.

Lotus says the aero kit is functional, providing up to 250kg of downforce at speed. Some sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 245/35 front and 295/30 rear tyres also add to the enormous grip. Jean-Marc Gales, Lotus CEO, spoke of the car, saying:

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“The Evora GT430 is a landmark car for Lotus. Lightweight engineering and class-leading handling, paired with Lotus’ aerodynamic expertise, define the Evora GT430 as a legendary Lotus. It’s a truly beautiful car, meticulously finished in hand-crafted carbon, and employing the latest aerodynamics and lightweight materials.”

Given that only 60 examples are being made we probably shouldn’t get our hopes up and anticipate an Australian allocation. We’ll keep you updated.

Brett is the editor and founder of Performance Drive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.