This is a special, one-off Lotus Evora Sport 410 with ‘heritage tartan’ trim. It’s the same tartan used in the Lotus Esprit S1, which in turn was used in Bond flick The Spy Who Loved Me.
And Lotus loves the Esprit S1 (if you like Bond, who doesn’t love the S1?), and has thus turned one Evora Sport 410 into the ultimate collector’s item for Roger Moore’s 007.
“So many of us recall the impact of the Lotus Esprit when it hit the big screen in The Spy Who Loved Me,” explains Lotus boss Jean-Marc Gales, “and we wanted to honour that with a special Evora Sport 410.”
What’s special about it then? Well, Lotus Exclusive – the in-house personalisation department – gave it a colour-coded front bumper, a one-piece carbon fibre tailgate, a black coach line, and a bespoke badge script on the rear flank (the same style used for the Esprit’s graphics).
Elsewhere, there’s that tartan trim on the carbon fibre seats and door panels, and red contrast stitching along the Alcantara dash and console. Um, that’s about it.
Sadly, there is no feature that secretly turns it into a submarine. Or maybe there is, and we just haven’t been told about it. Either way, this particular 410 retains the regular 410’s 3.5-litre supercharged V6, producing 410bhp and 302lb ft of torque to record a 0-60mph time of four seconds (3.9s for the auto). Top speed? 190mph if you have a manual gearbox, 177mph for the auto. Secret agent underwater speed unconfirmed…
And it’s a special bit of kit, irrespective of any Bond connection. “Astoundingly communicative steering and a relatively playful yet utterly trustworthy chassis that’s pretty beguiling,” is how we described when we drove it. So it’s good, then. ‘Sublime’, even.
“It’s the perfect tribute to such an influential Lotus,” Jean-Marc Gales adds, “but a world away in terms of its abilities and performance.
“Lotus was founded on the principle of lightweight engineering and, even today, nobody does it better,” he said. Ah, we see what you did there…