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One-off Lotus Evora Sport 410 pays tribute to Bond

Lotus has commemorated the 40th anniversary of its Esprit sportcar's iconic role in The Spy Who Loved Me – starring Roger Moore as beloved MI6 agent James Bond – with a one-off Evora Sport 410 that borrows some of the original's timeless styling cues.

Only one vehicle – based on Lotus' existing Evora Sport 410 – will be made as a tribute to the 1977 film that pitted Bond against his nemesis Jaws, where 007 avoided harm thanks to his Esprit which could be submerged underwater.

The British manufacturer's in-house Lotus Exclusive team – responsible for creating bespoke vehicles for customers – took inspiration from the film's Esprit and modified the Evora's styling to match.

The front fascia now features a two-toned colour-matching bumper, while the rear-end's carbon-fibre tailgate is partly body-coloured too – which helps mimic the look of a liftback.

Internally, links to the classic car can be seen with tartan pattern door and seat trim inserts.

Extending across the sports car's beltline is a black stripe, which is complimented by Evora badging on the B-pillars that also harks back to the styling of the 1977 Esprit.

Internally, links to the classic car can be seen with tartan pattern door and seat trim inserts, in addition to the red-stitched Alcantara dashboard and carbon-fibre sports-seats, which offer a more modern touch.

Aside from these external and internal cosmetic upgrades, the Evora carries over unchanged with its mid-mounted 3.5-litre supercharged petrol V6, which develops 306kW/420Nm and helps it achieve a 0-100km/h sprint time of only 4.1 seconds.

Kerb weight is a scant 1280kg thanks to applications of lightweight carbon-fibre across the vehicle's panels, including the front splitter, roof, rear diffuser and rear quarters.

Tweaked dampers and a lower ride height also help increase body control, as Lotus engineers looked to take advantage of the sports car's lower kerb weight and centre of gravity.

It's the perfect tribute to such an influential Lotus.

Lotus Group boss Jean-Marc Gales said the one-of-a-kind Evora perfectly incorporates modern technologies from the Sport 410 with classic styling from the Esprit.

"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," he said.

"It's the perfect tribute to such an influential Lotus, but a world away in terms of its abilities and performance."

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