Before Aston Martin became indoctrinated as James Bond’s primary choice of car, there was another, the one who got away. The Lotus Esprit S1 was most fondly remembered when it appeared the 1977 instalment “The Spy Who Loved Me”.
If you do the math right, it’s been exactly 40 years since the movie, and the creation of this one-off Evora Sport 410 is Lotus’ way of celebrating the occasion. Bred from the premium selection of Lotus Exclusive, this Evora gets bits and bobs of the Esprit S1 that was piloted by Roger Moore.
For starters, the exterior is finished in white with unique black contrasting elements. The front bumper is a nod to the said Esprit, whereas the single piece carbon fibre tailgate gives the Evora a more “liftback” appearance. Keen eyes would notice the special wording on the B-pillar. Inside, the “heritage tartan” fabric adorns the door cards and seats, with obvious red stitching used across the dashboard.
It’s powered by the same Toyota-sourced 3.5-litre supercharged V6 engine that puts out 410 hp and 420 Nm of torque. Based on the standard Evora Sport, 0-100 km/h is done in 4.0 seconds and it has a top speed of 304 km/h.
Group Lotus CEO, Jean-Marc Gales said, “Lotus was founded on the principle of lightweight engineering and, even today, nobody does it better.” Back at home, pricing for the Evora 400 starts from RM598k. Apparently, Lotus Malaysia has plans to introduce the hotter Evora 410 sometime soon, so stay tuned for that!