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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).

A newly wrapped Lamborghini Huracan pays tribute to the Lakers legend.

Photo courtesy of Instagram, @Kobe24Lambo

The owner of a 2015 Lamborghini Huracan has had his vehicle wrapped to honor the lives of Kobe and Gianna Bryant. Owner Joe Carbonara told TMZ Sports that he was so moved by the tragedy of the untimely demise of the Bryants that he took the silver car to get a custom wrap at X-Treme Graphics in Chicago.

The wrap features the numbers of Kobe and Gianna's jerseys - 2, 8, and 24; the names of all nine victims of the helicopter crash that killed the Bryants, unique artwork of the Bryants, and the Mamba logo. All the imagery rests on a background of Lakers purple with gold accents.

The process of wrapping the car took two days.

X-Treme Graphics shop owner Steve Zielinski told TMZ that the company did not charge for the custom job.

Following its makeover, the car, now named the Kobe24Lambo, made appearances on the streets of Chicago during the NBA All-Star Weekend. The car even has its own Instagram account now.

Carbonara says that since word's gotten out about the Lambo wrap, he's been getting requests for the car to make special appearances.

Prior to Bryant's death, Carbonara was trying to unload the car. The Lamborghini is still up for sale, but the price tag has jumped to $170,000. The original starting price on the 2015 Huracan when new was $242,445. Models on CarGurus.com are currently listed for around $160-170,000.

Aston Martin has debuted a convertible version of its Vantage coupe.

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Aston Martin is once again shaking (not stirring) up its lineup with the introduction of a new model. This is its second in four months, having debuted the DBX sport utility vehicle in late Novermber in conjunction with the LA Auto Show.

It's time to drool over the capability and raw sex appeal of the new Vantage Roadster. It joins the Vantage Coupe in the Aston stable as an open-top two-seater option.

Aston Martin Vantage Roadster

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"Open-top Aston Martins are always firm favorites with our customers, so it's very exciting to introduce the Vantage Roadster," said Dr. Andy Palmer, Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Officer. "For many, driving with the roof down is the true definition of the sports car experience as it truly brings your senses to life. Vantage has always delivered the purest of thrills, but in Roadster form that adrenaline rush is set to go to the next level".

The superluxury has installed a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine in the Vantage Roadster. Paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the model gets from zero to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and can hit 190 with the roof raised.

Despite removing the coupe roof and replacing it with a hardy convertible top, the Vantage Roadster is just 60 kg more than the Vantage Coupe. The roof also benefits from a new Z-fold mechanism. Drivers can lowered the roof in 6.7 or raise it in 6.8 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph. That makes the roof the fastest of any production model vehicle.

Aston Martin has engineered the Vantage Roadster to retain the dynamic drivability as the Vantage Coupe, without compromise. The rear dampers have been specially modified for the car, as well as bespoke Adaptive Damping System software and ESP calibration.

Drivers have their choice of Sport, Sport+, and Track chassis modes that have been specially tuned for the roadster. The car has the same powertrain modes as the Vantage Coupe, and they work in harmony with the chassis modes.

Despite having to store the roof in the trunk, with the roof stowed, the car still has enough space in the boot for a golf bag.

"Convertible sports cars are often seen as compromised when compared to their Coupe equivalents, but the Vantage Roadster remains absolutely dedicated true to its mission of delivering precise, agile and expressive handling dynamics combined with stonking straight-line performance," said Matt Becker, Aston Martin Chief Engineer. "And of course, there's the added dimension of driving a great-sounding sports car with the roof down."

The Vantage Roadster will run you $161,000. First deliveries are scheduled to begin during Q2 2020.