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Car and Driver: Mo’ Cupholder, Mo’ Options: Lotus Evora 400 Available Carbon Bits, Adds Space For Your Beverage


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2017 Lotus Evora 400


Lotus lives and dies by founder Colin Chapman’s basic philosophy: “Simplify, then add lightness.” The logic is easy to understand, as less complexity usually begets less mass, and less mass leads to, among other things, speed and a more engaging driving experience. 


Alas, the needs of the 21st-century sports car buyer have forced Lotus to walk back its credo, as the 3153-pound Lotus Evora 400 adds to its interior a single cupholder and storage tray that weighs a heaping quarter of a pound—blasphemy! While other markets can save their Evoras from the weighty cupholder and storage tray combo, American and Canadian Evora 400s will all come standard with the convenience feature.


Cupholder, Storage, Tray


Fortunately, Lotus is giving Evora 400 customers the opportunity to offset the weight of the car’s cupholder and storage tray via the newly introduced, optional Carbon Pack exterior style package, titanium exhaust, and lithium-ion battery.


Offering more than just good looks, the Carbon Pack adds a number of carbon-fiber components from the Evora Sport 410. This includes a carbon-fiber front splitter, roof, rear diffuser, front hood trim, mirror caps, and the center portion of the British sports car’s rear wing. Each carbon-fiber piece is hand made, and Lotus claims that the exotic material saves 11 pounds over their more mundane counterparts. Likewise the titanium exhaust and lithium-ion battery work together to drop a combined 22 pounds of mass.


Diffuser, Carbon Pack


Adding lightness comes at a cost, though, as opting for the Carbon Pack tacks $10,000 to the Evora 400’s price. Meanwhile, the titanium exhaust and lithium-ion battery will set buyers back another $8000 and $1690. All together the three items save 33 pounds at a cost of $19,690, or just shy of $600 per pound.


The 2017 Lotus Evora 400 starts at $93,785 and—like the aforementioned cupholder and storage tray, Carbon Pack, titanium exhaust, and lithium-ion battery—is available now.


Carbon Pack, red, carbon, fiber


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