Lotus pays tribute to itself with Esprit S1 homage Evora 410

Published: 17 February 2017

► One-off Lotus Esprit S1-style Evora
► By Lotus Exclusive personalisation dept
► Based on Lotus Evora Sport 410

Even if you don’t remember the plot to 1977 Bond flick The Spy Who Loved Me (something about hijacked Russian submarines and Barbara Bach?), you’ll no doubt remember 007’s car – a Tipp-Ex-white Lotus Esprit S1 with part-time submersible abilities.

With the film celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2017, Lotus has marked the occasion with a one-off Evora Sport 410 finished in the same livery as the original 1977 Bond car. The car was completed by Hethel’s in-house Lotus Exclusive personalisation department.

‘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,’ says Lotus Group CEO Jean-Marc Gales. ‘Lotus was founded on the principle of lightweight engineering and, even today, nobody does it better.’

See what he did there…

Lotus Evora Sport 410 Esprit S1 edition interior

Special Esprit S1 tribute Lotus Evora Sport 410: the details

Highlights of the slightly tenuous Esprit references include:

  • A colour-coded front bumper design echoes the black-on-white treatment of the original Esprit
  • Likewise, the carbon tailgate now has a body-coloured border, to imitate the old Esprit’s liftback
  • Lower-case ‘evora’ badge script on the B-pillar to echo the oh-so-seventies ‘esprit’ graphics
  • A black dividing line along the car’s flanks, as per the original
  • Insert panels on the carbon seats and door cards in Lotus heritage tartan
  • Wooden-topped gearlever

No aquatic abilities, torpedoes or inexplicable on-board fish, however.

Lotus Evora Sport 410 Esprit S1 edition interior

Otherwise it’s the same as a standard Sport 410, which compared with the regular Evora 400 gets more power, lightweight carbon body panels which summon extra downforce, more focused suspension settings and an extra £8500 over the 400’s £73,500 list price.

You can read CAR’s Lotus Evora Sport 410 road and track test here, and our Lotus Evora 400 review here.

What is Lotus Exclusive?

Like most sports car companies now, Lotus has an in-house personalisation department. Ferrari has Tailor-Made, Aston has Q by Aston Martin, McLaren has its MSO division; the Bond Evora has been built to showcase Hethel’s equivalent.

Lotus says that 25% of its cars are now ordered with some form of personalisation option from the service.

What do you think of the Esprit-tribute Evora? Let us know in the comments below.

By James Taylor

CAR's deputy features editor, occasional racer