An 007-in­spired Lo­tus a one-off

South Waikato News - - Motoring - DOUG SAIL

Lo­tus is pay­ing homage to one of its most fa­mous cars - just don’t expect it to turn into a sub­ma­rine.

The one-off car - based on the Evora Sport 410 that was launched in late 2016 - was un­veiled at the week­end and is a trib­ute to the now 40-year-old Lo­tus Espirit S1. And if that name means noth­ing to you, then it is the car made fa­mous as be­ing able to turn into a sub­ma­rine in the 1977 James Bond movie, The Spy Who Loved Me.

To mark the 40-year mile­stone, Lo­tus’ in-house per­son­al­i­sa­tion de­part­ment has crafted the spe­cial, one-off Evora Sport 410.

Lo­tus have com­bined the lat­est en­gi­neer­ing with pe­riod de­tails with the new su­per­car tak­ing de­sign cues from the iconic Esprit. The Evora Sport 410 weighs just 1280 kg and will sprint from 0-60 mph (96kmh) in just 3.9 secs thanks to its su­per­charged 3.5-litre 6-cylin­der en­gine that pro­duces 410 hp at 7000 rpm and 420 Nm of torque at 3500 rpm.

"So many of us re­call the im­pact of the Lo­tus Esprit when it hit the big screen in The Spy Who Loved Me, and we wanted to hon­our that with a spe­cial Evora Sport 410," Lo­tus chief ex­ec­u­tive Jean-marc Gales said.

"It’s the per­fect trib­ute to such an in­flu­en­tial Lo­tus, but a world away in terms of its abil­i­ties and per­for­mance."

Unique de­sign touches in this one-off car in­clude a spe­cial, colour-coded bumper that mod­i­fies the car’s front end, while the one-piece car­bon-fi­bre tail­gate is part keyed white to give the il­lu­sion of a tra­di­tional lift­back. In ad­di­tion to a black coach line it sports a be­spoke badge script on the B pil­lar - in the style of the orig­i­nal Esprit’s graph­ics.

Nods to the Lo­tus Esprit S1 from The Spy Who Loved Me con­tinue in­side, with the in­sert panels of the car­bon-fi­bre sports seats and door cards trimmed in the her­itage Tar­tan.

Unique Lo­tus Evora Sport 410 hon­ours iconic Esprit S1.

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