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Lotus returns with restyled, more powerful 2017 Evora 400

Following a two-year break from selling new cars in the US, Lotus is staging a comeback with its fastest road-going vehicle to date.

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With the help of a Edelbrock supercharger and intercooler, the Toyota-sourced 3.5-liter engine produces 400 horsepower and 302 pound-feet of torque.

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Lotus is offering two transmission choices on Evora 400 including a six-speed manual, and an optional automatic.

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Compared to the previous Evora S, the 400 has 55 more horsepower, which helps get the car to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and achieve a top speed of 186 mph.

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You won't find a fancy active suspension on the Evora 400, but instead find a good old fashioned passive setup with Bilstein shocks and Eibach springs.

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Surprisingly, the on-road manners are quite good with the suspension offering some give to absorb impacts.

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While there is a backseat in the Evora 400, it's best used as a parcel shelf. Even small children would have a difficult time back there.

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Lotus uses Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, which ride well on the street and provide respectable bite on the race track.

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A three-element rear spoiler is one of the new styling elements on the 2017 Evora 400.

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The brake system consists of four-piston calipers clamping down on cross-drilled and ventilated discs at all corners.

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A redesigned aluminum chassis provides better ingress and egress into the cabin thanks to thinner and lower side sills. Click through for loads more photos.

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