2017 Lotus Evora 400 vs. 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 in St. Louis, MO

With almost 130 combined years of racing history, both Lotus and Porsche have constantly been developing the most renowned sports cars on the planet. So, when one of our clients at STL Motorcars is in the market for a lightweight, mid-engined, high-end sportscar, two options they consistently ask about are the Lotus Evora 400 and the Porsche Cayman GT4. While both are brilliantly engineered for on and off track performance, there are a few key differences between the Evora 400 and Cayman GT4 that make them very unique.

 

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American Lotus Evora 400

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2017 Lotus Evora 400 vs. 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4: Performance and Handling


 

Both the Evora 400 and the Cayman GT4 offer a more track-ready experience thanks to lightened bodies and more power from base models, and aficionados will want to consider the differences before making their purchase.

 
2017 Lotus Evora 400 Model 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4
3.5 L Supercharged V6 Engine 3.8 L Naturally Aspirated Flat 6
400 HP @ 7000 RPM Horsepower 385 HP @ 7400 RPM
302 lb.-ft. @ 3500-6500 RPM Torque 310 lb.-ft. @ 4750 RPM
4.1 Seconds 0-60 MPH 4.2 Seconds
186 MPH Top Speed 183 MPH
3,119 lbs. Curb Weight 2,955 lbs.

 

Each model also offers extensive aerodynamic enhancements to ensure their substantial—and identical—power to weight ratio of 7.8 lbs./HP is able to connect to the tarmac on straightaways and the bends. There are also several proprietary advancements on each chassis that helps them on and off the track. While the Porsche relies on complicated electric controls to keep it on track, the Lotus offers a much more driver-focused and personal experience.

 

2017 Lotus Evora 400 Handling Features


  • Fully independent forged aluminum suspension, anti-roll bar
  • Eibach Springs and Bilstein dampers
  • Two-piece cross-drilled and ventilated disk brakes with four-piston calipers on all four wheels
  • The first-ever Torsen-type limited slip differential ever offered on a Lotus model
  • Lightweight composite body panels and rear diffuser mated to an aluminum extruded and bonded lightweight monocoque chassis

 

2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 Handling Features


2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 Exterior View
  • Adjustable height, camber, toe angle, and anti-roll specs.
  • Reinforced rear axel and wheel hubs
  • Lowered by 30mm
  • Variable steering Electromechanical power steering

 

2017 Lotus Evora 400 vs. 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4: Interior Features and Comfort


 

While both the Cayman GT4 and the Evora 400 have identical power-to-weight ratios, there is a clear distinction in creature comforts between the two track-ready models. While the Porsche Cayman GT4 offers options to remove the air conditioning and the radio, the Evora 400 has all the convenience features you expect from a normal car, while still offering the performance of a stripped out track monster.

 

Automotive journalist from The Smoking Tire, Matt Farah, states the Evora 400 “brings the Lotus ethos of light, simple, fun, and engaging to a car that has a comfortable interior […] I feel like I could drive this every day. It’s very refined.” These are not usually accolades received by such a light and capable sports car. The 2017 Lotus Evora 400 even has a reverse camera with rear parking sensor, and full satellite navigation system.

 

2017 Lotus Evora 400 vs. 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4: Advanced Technology Features


 

Both the Lotus Evora 400 and the Cayman GT4 are made with some of the most advanced technology to ensure they are some of the fastest sports cars on the track.

 

Lotus Evora 400 Technology


2016 Lotus Evora 400 Interior Console
  • Three-Stage rear spoiler
  • Fully composite lightweight body panels
  • Lightweight rear diffuser adds extra downforce and reduces drag
  • Driver-activated, free flow exhaust enhancement
  • Servo-assisted four-piston brake calipers attached to 2-piece cross-drilled brakes
  • Lotus auto-rev matching throttle control

 

Porsche Cayman GT4 Technology


2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 Interior Console
  • Dry-Sump lubrication
  • Electronic throttle
  • VarioCam Plus variable valve timing and lift
  • Porsche Side Impact Protection System
  • Variable resonance intake system
  • Electrical system recuperation

 

 

While both the 2017 Evora 400 and the 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 both offer similar performance figures and racing heritage, the Evora 400 offers a distinct edge over the Cayman GT4 when it comes to performance and amenities. While the Cayman GT4 is slightly lighter and has a bit more technology, Lotus has always been more about mechanical and physical interaction between the driver and the vehicle.

 

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If you’re looking for the ultimate mid-engine, high-end sports car, STL Motorcars is the perfect place to look. As the largest Lotus dealer in all of the Midwest, we are excited to have you contact us about ordering your own 2017 Evora 400. If you have any inquiries, feel free to contact us at 636-489-3788 or use our online contact form.
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