Lotus Evora 400 lightweight options drop curb weight to 3,060 pounds

Since its earliest days, Lotus’ ethos has been “performance through lightweight,” the phrase coined by its founder Colin Chapman.

Today that tradition lives on with a range of lightweight options designed for the new Evora 400 sports car.

The options include a lithium-ion battery, carbon fiber package, titanium exhaust system, and delete options for the air conditioner and rear seats. In total, the options help shed around 93 pounds, bringing the curb weight down to 3,060 lb.

The lithium-ion battery costs $1,960 and is a direct replacement for the standard 12-volt unit. This alone sheds 22 lb.

The carbon fiber package costs $10,000 and sheds 11 lb. It includes lighter carbon fiber replacement parts for the standard front splitter, roof panel, rear wing, rear diffuser, front access panel and side mirror caps. There’s also a carbon cup holder that weighs 0.25 lb.

The titanium exhaust, in addition to adding a unique sound, sheds 22 lb. It will set you back $8,000.

Choosing to delete the air conditioner and rear seats is a no-cost option.

The Evora 400 is available now as a 2017 model. It starts at $89,900 and comes with a mid-mounted supercharged 3.5-liter V-6 sending 400 horsepower and 302 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels. The standard transmission is a 6-speed manual while a paddle-shifted, 6-speed automatic is available.

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