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2016 Lotus Evora 400 Bows in Geneva

Lotus returns to the U.S. market with its most powerful model ever.

Lotus will be making its return to the U.S. with this updated 2016 Lotus Evora 400 model that debuts at the Geneva auto show. The Evora 400 is lighter, more powerful, and faster than before, and goes on sale in North America this fall after the outgoing Evora’s hiatus from our market.

As we suspected from earlier spy shots, the Lotus Evora 400 is not a full revamp of the sports car, but instead a sort of mid-cycle refresh. The overall shape is the same, but the front and rear fascias are new, and the interior has been redesigned with nicer materials and an updated infotainment system. The Evora 400 also loses 49 lbs in overall mass and gains 55 hp from its 3.5-liter supercharged V-6 engine for a total of 400 hp and 302 lb-ft of torque.

A slightly revised six-speed manual transmission remains the standard choice, with a six-speed automatic (now with paddle shifters) available as an option. A limited-slip differential is newly standard on the manual Evora 400.

Along with a revised suspension, this extra oomph helps propel the Lotus Evora 400 around the company’s test track six seconds faster than its predecessor, according to Lotus. Other performance improvements compared to the outgoing supercharged, 345-hp Evora S include a faster 0-60 mph time of 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 186 mph thanks to increased downforce and better airflow.

We can also assume that the Lotus Evora 400 has received structural modifications to meet U.S. crash test regulations. The outgoing Evora was sold here until the company’s exemption from these regulations ran out, but the company has now confirmed that the Evora 400 will go on sale in the U.S. this fall as a 2016 model, as we reported last year.

Production of the Lotus Evora 400 starts this summer, so look for pricing information over the next few months as it hits the European market in August after its official debut in Geneva.