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Lotus Evora gets a more comfortable, cheaper variant ripe for daily drivability

Lotus is adding a model meant more for daily driving than the sporty cars it's been producing lately.

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The Lotus Evora is a shapely new model with plenty of power and sport-centric drivability. Now, the British automaker is offering a more comfortable and cheaper variant of the model, dubbed the Lotus Evora GT410. The original Evora model is now known as the Lotus Evora GT410 Sport.

While the Evora GT410 Sport has features that make it track-ready. What it doesn't have are the comfort and convenience features that make a super luxury performance car a viable daily driver. Enter the new Evora GT410. The fresh model has a longer list of standard features than the Sport model but costs £3,000 less than the GT410 Sport.

2020 Lotus Evora GT410

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In the GT410, the drive and passenger sit in Sparco sport seats. The list of standard and available features includes air conditioning, a rearview camera, infotainment system with navigation, Apple CarPlay, cruise control, heated seats, rear parking sensors, and DAB digital radio. Lotus has added integrated arm rests, two additional speakers, and storage bins throughout the cabin.

The engineering team has replaced a section of body paneling on the rear of the car with glass for better rearward visibility. Additional standard equipment includes body-colored roof, side sills, tailgate, front access panel and mirror backs; red AP Racing brake callipers; and silver or gloss black V-spoke cast alloy wheels (19-inch at the front and 20-inch at the rear).

There's also an increased amount of insulation to reduce road noise. It has a a revised damper rate and rides on standard Michelin Pilot Sport 4S all-weather tires.

Lotus GT410 buyers will be able to choose from an expanded palette of paint jobs that includes some colors from the company's past.

Lotus is selling the model in the UK for £82,900 (€99,900 in Germany).

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Two British brands are coming together to launch a new project.

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The two companies have performance-oriented contemporary design in common, but that's not all. British car company Lotus has begun working with Savile Row outfitter and bespoke tailor Norton & Sons on a new project.

For now, both companies have been relatively mum on what they're working on, but a few key details have snuck out. The first of which is that they say their creation is "For the Drivers". A clue and a tagline in one.

There are promises that the creation will, "incorporate both brands' core values of light-weighting, performance-oriented contemporary design and sporting durability." They'll make an official announcement later this year.

Lotus x Norton & Sons Norton & Sons is located on London's famed Savile Row.Photo courtesy of Lotus Cars

Lotus has been undergoing a brand renaissance since new shareholders and management took over in 2018. In its heyday, the company had the Elan, which was recently voted as one of Britain's best classic cars, had vehicles featured in James Bond films, and was winning at the racetrack with enough frequency to claim a level of dominance.

Recently, the company has made plans for a quick and electrified future. They announced that the Lotus Evija hypercar has enter its initial build stage.

On the more pedestrian end of the spectrum, the Evora has gotten a cheaper, more daily-driver-focused variant and Elise Classic Heritage Editions were shown for the first time.

Norton & Sons was founded in 1821 and celebrates its bicentennial next year. It has clothed some of history's most stylish and inspiring men, including Hollywood legends such as actor Cary Grant, British royalty including King Edward VII, and performance pioneers such as Chuck Yeager, the first man to break the speed of sound.

Patrick Grant, Director of Norton & Sons, said: "The year I was born Lotus won the Formula 1 Constructors' Championship. Growing up it was the definitive British sports car brand. James Bond drove a Lotus Esprit and it was the car that every kid in the playground dreamed of owning. Colin Chapman is revered as an engineering icon, a pioneer and an entrepreneur of exceptional personal style. Norton & Sons has a long tradition of making for sportsmen and pioneers, so Lotus and Norton & Sons feels like a perfect fit."

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The car sports a unique red paint job.

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With the 2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Special Edition, the Japanese automaker isn't just debuting a new model. They're foreshadowing what's to come from the Toyota lineup.

The new version builds on the 2021 Corolla Hatchback SE with the continuously variable transmission (CVT). The car is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 168 horsepower. It has a multi-link rear suspension, Sport drive mode, and paddle shifters.

2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Special Edition

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Its exterior features a Supersonic Red paint job, black-painted 18-inch alloy wheels, and a body kit that adds a front splitter, side skirts, black rear roof spoiler, a rear bumper garnish, and Special Edition badge to the car. At the front are J-shaped bi-beam LED headlamps and LED taillamps sit at the rear.

The Corolla Hatchback Special Edition comes with the SE's standard features list including an 8-inch infotainment touch screen, six speakers, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, Siri Eyes Free, an AUX jack, two USB ports, satellite radion, hands-free phone capability, voice recognition, and Bluetooth. Complementary Safety Connect, satellite radio, and Wi-Fi Connect trials come with purchase.

Additionally, there's a leather-wrapped shift knob, electronic parking brake, keyless entry, and automatic up/down windows.

The model comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0. It has 10 airbags (up from eight on the traditional model.

Toyota backs the car with a 36-month/36,000 mile basic new-vehicle warranty and 60-month warranties that cover the powertrain for 60,000 miles and corrosion with no mileage limitation. The Corolla Hatchback also comes standard with ToyotaCare, a no additional cost plan that covers normal factory-scheduled maintenance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and 24-hour roadside assistance for two years, unlimited mileage.

Just 1,500 of the hot hatches will be made. Pricing has yet to be announced. The car will arrive at dealer lots late this summer.

As for the model alluding to the future, it's easy to see what Toyota's talking about. The Corolla Hatchback is about due for a refresh and that means that it would be the perfect time to include some of the features and equipment this Special Edition has on it, like the additional airbags.

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