Lotus is throwing a few decadent slices of crisply-fried bacon into a lean salad meal. Care for a bite?
The company founded on the basis of building lightweight, compact, no-nonsense driving machines is now trying to attract a new type of customer – presumably those who’re too big for a go-kart and too fragile for a roller coaster ride.
And they’re trying to achieve this with the GT410 – a more comfortable version of the GT410 Sport – with items on the options list including air-conditioning and a reverse camera offered as standard; in case the new glass tailgate doesn’t reveal enough of the outside.
For those who’ve spent even the briefest of moments in any Lotus would know how useful reverse cameras are as these pure driving machines do not seem to focus much on what’s happening at the back (visibility wise).
If you can tolerate the less than convenient ingress and slightly unglamorous egress, Lotus says the Evora GT410’s dampers have been revised and together with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres, it’s more usable in the real world.
They’ve even thrown in an arm rest, Apple CarPlay and just so you could enjoy some tunes, they’ve even sacrilegiously added more weight by increasing cabin insulation for reduced road noise.
In the eyes of Lotus, the GT410 is a “more for less proposition” with a price tag of approximately RM448k before taxes (RM16k less than GT410 Sport) as it also shares the same 3.5-litre supercharged V6 as its more performance-oriented sibling with 410 hp and 410 Nm.