This is no run-of-the-mill special-edition Lotus, although there's been no shortage of those. No, this is the most powerful roadgoing Lotus ever produced. If the Evora S is what the Evora should have been from 'day dot', then the GTE is something else again. It looks tougher and it hits harder, but most importantly, it will help Lotus bridge the gap between today and the first of its all-new models in 2013. As with the track version that led to the road car's development, power for the GTE is provided by a 3.5 litre supercharged V6 producing 330kW. That's a huge 124kW greater than the regular Evora, and even 72.5kW more than the already impressive Evora S. Performance figures haven't been revealed, but it's a safe bet that if the Evora S knocks over the 0-100km/h run in 4.8 seconds, and with weight down to 1245kg, the GTE should be close to an even 4.0 second - maybe even better. Production numbers for the Evora GTE haven't been confirmed, either. The original plan, Lotus boss Dany Bahar said, was to produce no more than 25 and sell them only in China.