Lotus - Exige Price: from 62,285
Last Updated On: 20/05/2020
There are three models in the current Exige range, the Sport 350, Sport 410 and Cup 430.
Exige Sport 350 (images 1-3)
The Sport 350 is basically an updated Exige S which, through the magic of Lotus's 'add lightness' ethos, has shed 51kg, including an exposed gear change linkage (see image 3) with further weight-saving options available. From headlights to rear wing its aggressive stance underlines a performance pedigree few can match. Its 345hp supercharged V6 engine enables the lighter Exige Sport 350 to reach 60mph (97km/h) from standstill in just 3.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 170mph (274km/h). Track inspired details such as the all-new aerodynamic package through its race-inspired steering wheel and supportive seats amplify its potent abilities.
A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, but a six-speed auto box is now available as an option.
There are several interior package options available including a Tartan (yellow or red) pack (see image 3), which is a nod to the 1976 Esprit.
Exige Sport 410 (images 4 and 5)
Developed directly from the track focused Exige Cup 430, the Exige Sport 410 is designed to be the ultimate road drive, unrivalled in its class. This latest addition to the Exige range packs the advanced chassis, suspension and powertrain set-up from its more powerful stablemate.
The high-performance 3.5-litre, supercharged and charge cooled V6 engine combined with a dry weight of just 1,054 kg (lightest possible dry) delivers a class-leading power to weight ratio of 389 hp / tonne, and makes the Exige Sport 410 the lightest V6 Exige ever. Capable of 0-60 mph (97km/h) in just 3.3 seconds, it records fierce in-gear acceleration before reaching a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h) (Coupé configuration).
Both the Exige Sport 410 and Exige Sport 350 are available in Coupé and Roadster configurations, with the Roadster having a lightweight black removable soft-top which can be easily stowed within the car for open-top driving.
Centre of attention in the cabin is Lotus’ acclaimed open-gate manual gearshift design giving quick and precise changes. The fine detailing continues with an Alcantara® steering wheel and Lotus’ own carbon fibre sports seats trimmed with either a combination of Alcantara® and leather or optional full leather, both featuring contrast stitching. As standard, the centre console and dashboard are trimmed in Alcantara® with the door cards, a combination of Alcantara® and leather. Air conditioning and an integrated entertainment system including iPod® connectivity and Bluetooth® functionality can also be specified.
Exige Cup 430 (images 6, 7 and 8)
With 55 hp, or 15%, more power than the limited production Exige Cup 380 model it succeeds, and 220 kg of downforce, it’s a monster of a car. Compared to the Exige Sport 350, it has 24% more power and generates the same downforce at 100 mph (161km/h) as the Exige Sport 350 does at its maximum speed of 170mph (274km/h).
Lotus’ expertise in lightweight design has played its part in reducing the overall dry weight by 12 kg to 1,059 kg, with the vehicle down to 1,056 kg in its lightest configuration. This, combined with the dramatic jump in raw power, raises the Cup’s power to weight from 355 hp/tonne (Cup 380) to 407 hp/tonne. With 430 hp at 7,000 rpm and 440 Nm (325 lbft) of torque from 4,000 rpm, 0-60mph (97km/h) is dispatched in 3.2 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.3 seconds) with a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h). At the heart of the car lies Lotus’ most formidable engine, a 3.5-litre supercharged and charge cooled V6 producing 430 hp and 440 Nm.
As you would expect, the intense use of ultra-lightweight carbon fibre only adds to the overall performance, as well as reinforcing the Exige Cup 430's physical presence. Available as standard with a close-ratio, six-speed manual transmission, the Exige range features Lotus’ acclaimed open-gate manual gearbox design.
The composite concept continues into the Cup’s cabin with visible-weave, handmade sections including a new lightweight carbon fibre binnacle surround, Lotus’ bespoke carbon race seats, with new lightweight seat runners, and carbon door sills. Colour keyed inserts for the revised lightweight sports seats, transmission console, HVAC surround and window switches are also standard, along with a centre console, door cards and dashboard trimmed in Alcantara®, with leather or tartan as a no cost option, along with contrast stitching and an Alcantara® steering wheel.