One-off Evora Sport 410 pays tribute to the Series 1 Lotus Esprit, commissioned through Lotus’s ‘Exclusive’ department
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Spy Who Loves Me – the 1977 James Bond film starring Roger Moore and a submersible Esprit S1 – Lotus has created a one-off Evora 410 Sport which pays tribute to the iconic film car.
Customised by the company’s ‘Exclusive’ department, the Evora 410 has been given a number of unique touches that recall the original Esprit’s distinctly 1970s style. Painted white like the Esprit in the film, Lotus has also sprayed certain sections of the front bumper, rear light surrounds, side skirt mouldings as well as bonnet vents a contrasting shade of black. A particularly nice touch is the Evora lettering on the top of the rear quarter panel, styled in the original Esprit S1 font.
To mimic the Esprit’s clearly-defined waistline, Lotus has given this special commission a black pinstripe running down the length of the car. On the original Esprit, and other Lotus models, that line was actually there because the top and bottom halves of the fibreglass body were produced separately then bonded together.SEE RELATED: Vote for your favourite James Bond Car
Moving inside, it’s immediately clear that the Tartan material used on the seats and door cards is taken straight from the 1970s classic. Alcantara trim remains in abundance, now with red stitching, while a wooden gearknob surprisingly doesn’t look out of place in the cabin.
The Evora 410 Sport remains in other respects unchanged from standard, meaning 410bhp and 310lb ft of torque from the Edelbrock supercharged 3.5-litre Toyota V6 engine. In a car that weighs just 1325kg, the Evora will do 0-60mph in 3.9sec and reach a top speed of 190mph.
Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc said: ‘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. It’s the perfect tribute to such an influential Lotus, but a world away in terms of its abilities and performance. Supremely fast and agile, rivals’ cars look overweight and underpowered in comparison. Lotus was founded on the principle of lightweight engineering and, even today, nobody does it better.’