HOW do you put the feeling of euphoria into words? While it’s hard to describe, it is present in that big grin you have from the second you start the 2018 Lotus Evora GT430, until long after you turn it off, having driven it, well it doesn’t really matter where.
It’s just that kind of car. It is, simply, pure driving pleasure. Not only that, it’s the most powerful Evora ever built, is capable of 315km/h, runs the sprint to 100km/h in 3.8 seconds, and weighs in at less than 1,250kg.
There’s carbon fibre everywhere, AP Racing brakes, lightweight alloy wheels, adjustable race style seating, a 6-speed manual transmission, track mode, and even an adjustable traction control system.
In a nutshell, this thing is a race car with a licence plate, and that’s what makes it so awesome. Oh, and it comes complete with a stonking rear wing. Trust us when we say it draws attention.
One such example occurred when we were shooting photos and video for this story. We were stopped or interrupted no less than 40 times by people wanting to know what the car was, how much it cost, and did we own it. All in the space of 3.5 hours.
We tried to find an analogy that would work for this car, one that wasn’t look at my giant… [insert favourite inappropriate term here]. We couldn’t find one. It did occur to us however, that the Lotus is a little sports car, and maybe we’ll just leave it at that and walk away from the ‘extension’ analogies.
That right there though is one of the downsides to spending in excess of $260,000 to own a GT430. There’s no subtle mode. It’s a real look at me and my big wing kind of car.
But if you love an astoundingly sexy looking sports car, that’s got the performance and a raw, built by hand, only 60 in the world kind of feel, then car fans of all genders and preferences, this car, the 2018 Lotus Evora GT430 is for you.
Compared to previous Lotus’ we’ve driven, it has a new level of refinement, improved performance and build quality. The finish is exceptional. Sure it’s still basic inside, and still noisy from a road and wind perspective, but that’s part of the Lotus experience.
It’s not for everyone, but this is very much a driver’s car. The ride is stiff, thanks to adjustable dampers set just a little hard to indulge that sports car experience too. It’s also a two seater, but you can option in rear seating (and lose the lightweight alloys).
It’s powered by a mid-mounted 3.5-litre Toyota V6 with a rather large supercharger bolted to it, that produces 320-odd kilowatts of power (aka 430 horsepower) and 440Nm of torque.
Our test car came with an aftermarket premium infotainment system, as well as reversing sensors and a rear camera. It was SatNav capable too, and is a reasonably easy system to use, with excellent Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
There are about a trillion add on options for the Evora GT430, including air conditioning, an automatic transmission, sound insulation (probably a worthy addition), a red leather steering wheel, and even a cup holder.
It comes with a 3-year warranty and 3-year roadside assist program, and is available in the following colours; Metallic Blue (our test car), Metallic Black, Metallic Light Blue, Sky Blue, Racing Green and Dark Metallic Grey.
It also comes in Metallic Grey, Metallic Orange, Fire Red, Solid Red, Evora Silver, Metallic Silver, Metallic White and Solid Yellow. Remember though, there are just 60 of these in the world, so colour choices may be limited.
Prices start from $259,990 (plus on-roads). Our test car, with the added inclusions, came in at $279,987 (again plus on-roads). As an added bonus though, you do get access to the Lotus Experience program.
In essence, the program gives you access to all sorts of bonuses, like track days, Lotus exclusive events, drive days, support should you want to get involved in events like Targa Tasmania, and makes you part of a very special community.
Our test vehicle was supplied by Simply Sports Cars in Sydney. To find out more about the 2018 Lotus Evora GT430, contact them or visit the Lotus Cars Australia website. Cover photo courtesy of La Lente Photography.