Open-top Lotus Evora 400 planned
This specific Autocar image shows how the open-top Lotus Evora 400 could look
Roadster type of the hottest Evora from the works, with 400bhp along which has a chassis as stiff as the coupé’s
A roadster type of the Lotus Evora 400 will be launched, boss Jean-Marc Gales has revealed to Autocar.
The fresh type will follow the introduction of the 400bhp V6-powered Evora 400 coupé, which is actually set to go into production next month.
“We are working on of which today,” said Gales at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Gales said the Evora 400 would likely lose no structural rigidity when converted by a coupé to a convertible due to the design of its extruded along with bonded aluminium tub chassis.
“of which’s a quicker build,” the Lotus boss said, “as the chassis is actually a tub, so there’s no impact with the roof off.”
The roof of the Evora roadster will be made up of two removable panels weighing 3kg each. The panels can be stored on board behind the front seats.
Gales, who has driven the type in its development, said the Evora roadster is actually crucial for the firm in North America in particular, where half of all sports cars from the Evora segment are open-top.
The Evora roadster is actually otherwise likely to match the spec of the Evora 400 coupé, including its supercharged 3.5-litre V6.
fresh versions of the Elise along with Exige are also from the works, said Gales. “The next Exige along with Elise will be faster along with lighter,” he said, a formula of which will be true of all future Lotuses under Gales’s reign. Cars will also be more practical for everyday use.
Gales said the firm is actually on track to sell 3000 cars This specific year, up by just over 2000 last year along with around 1200 in 2013. of which’s in part down to an expanded dealer network. Lotus has 50 more dealers than This specific time last year, with another 20 planned This specific year.
On Lotus’s finances, Gales said: “We will be cashflow-profitable in This specific financial year along with profitable from the financial year beginning 1 April 2016 for the 1st time in 60 years.”
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