Although Aston Martin is the first brand you think of when it comes to cars and James Bond, let’s not forget the iconic Lotus Esprit S1. This was the heroic white wedge driven by Roger Moore in Bond classic The Spy Who Loved Me. We are all familiar with the car, but in case you have been living under the rock your whole life, this is the one that could go underwater.
Tell Me ‘Moore’
To mark the iconic car, Lotus Exclusive has commissioned a one-off Evora Sport 410 which has been designed in such a way to hark back to the classic Esprit S1 that hit the silver screen back in ’77. The first thing you will notice is the spotless white bodywork, which of course, has the black beltline down the side. Take a closer look at the side and you will note the ‘Evora’ motif on the B pillar which echoes the one found on the Esprit S1.
Step inside and the tribute act continues with large splashes of red tartan trim featuring on the seats and the door panels. I imagine most will think this is ghastly, but I really dig it, although I’m not sure on that gearknob. Sadly though, this hasn’t quite got the capability of turning in to a submarine nor will it fire missiles, but it should go like one.
License To Thrill
This is because under the bonnet is a 3.5 litre 6-cylinder engine which produces, yep you’ve guessed it, 410hp. This means it will get to 60mph in 3.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 190mph. It may be fast but don’t forget that isn’t necessarily what Lotus is about. This is still very much a car for the track, meaning it will handle like it’s on rails and it’s able to deliver 64kg of downforce. This means you can corner faster and that of course means more thrills.
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.”
(As a Bond fan I appreciated that reference right at the end)
It’s a shame that only one of these will be built as I would love to see it on the road.