Limited to just 60 units with pricing in the United Kingdom starting at £112 500 (R1 896 645), the GT430, like the recently shown Exige Cup 380 and Elise Cup 250, is all about weight reduction and aerodynamics with a bespoke bare carbon fibre body, wider front air ducts, carbon splitter, rear diffuser and carbon wing helping to generative 250 kg of downforce.
The first Lotus to wear the GT moniker since the Esprit, the GT430 tips the scales at 26 kg less than already lightweight 1 370 kg Sport 410, with additional exterior differences consisting of carbon fibre front and rear bumpers, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 wheels with 245/33 19-inch alloy rims at the front and 295/30 20-inch alloys at the rear, a titanium exhaust, carbon fibre side blades, one-piece tailgate and a polycarbonate rear window.
Underneath is carbon skin, the GT430 also gets ultra-lightweight Eibach springs, Ohlins TRX two-way adjustable dampers, a Torsen limited slip differential, two-piece J-grooved ventilated disc brakes at the front with four-piston AP calipers all around and a thinner aluminium undertray.
Inside, the GT430's attention to weight saving includes newly designed Sparco race seats with carbon fibre backrest, Alcantara / perforated leather finished steering wheels, transmission tunnel, dashboard, centre console and door panels, and an optional titanium frame with four-point racing harness.
Nestled in the middle, the GT430 retains the tried-and-tested Toyota sourced 3.5-litre supercharged V6 engine, fettled to produce, as its name suggest, 430 horsepower or 321 kW with peak torque of 440 Nm.
Linked to a six-speed manual gearbox with a single-mass flywheel, Lotus claims the GT430 will go from 0-60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.7 seconds, and reach a top speed of 305 km/h. Adding to its dynamic prowess, the GT430 boasts a four mode Dynamic Stability system with Drive, Sport, Race and Off settings.