Lotus unveil Evora 410 ‘James Bond’ tribute edition

The Esprit-evoking Evora celebrates 40 years since The Spy Who Loved Me,

It may be the fastest Lotus ever produced, but the Evora 410 is set to shift to an even higher gear with the help of a familiar name: Bond, James Bond.

When Roger Moore’s 007 rolled out of the sea in his amphibious Lotus Esprit S1, he made film history. Now, a whole 40 years after the release of The Spy Who Loved Me, the Norwich-based car manufacturer are unveiling a custom homage to that iconic car.

It’s a great idea – and doesn’t fail in paying its respects to the original – but the new 410 falls a little short of the mark in our eyes. Of course, we’re not talking about it’s underwater capabilities – no-one expected it to be hiding submarine secrets. But the only angle from which it evokes the original in any real way is in profile.

Nit-picking aside, this is a great limited edition of a great car. Left to Lotus’ in-house customisation team to create, the exterior has been given the white treatment, with two-tone colour coded bumpers bookending the model. An old-school Lotus badge has even been included on the B-pillar, which is a nice touch.

There’s even been an attempt at giving the Evora the classic lift-back look, by manipulating its silhouette with carbon-fibre tailgate and black waist.

Inside, tartan makes a surprise appearance, cropping up on the seats and door panels – with the striking red theme continuing through stitching on the dashboard and centre console. A traditional wooden gear knob perpetuates the retro feel.

Below all these Bondian additions, the can retains the 410’s usual 3.5-litre supercharged V6, an impressive engine capable of producing 410 horsepower and getting you comfortably to a top speed of 190 mph.

So is this a simple homage? Or could the 410 pave the way to Lotus being considered for a Bond car in the future? After all, nobody does it better.

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