British sportscar maker Lotus has revealed the Exige Sport 380, the fastest and lightest version of its manic V6 powered sports car.
The new Exige Sport 380 is based on the Sport 350 variant of the Exige revealed last year and it features a host of changes that will allow it go after supercars on the streets.
Powering the Lotus Exige Sport 380 is a mid-mounted 3.5-litre supercharged V6 engine that kicks out 375bhp @ 6,700rpm and 410Nm of torque @ 5,000rpm.
The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox that sends the power to the rear wheels. An automatic gearbox will be available as an option later.
The Exige Sport 380 will sprint to 60mi/h(96.5km/h) from standstill in just 3.5 seconds and the Sport 380 will keep on sprinting till it hits a top speed of 286km/h.
The new Lotus Exige Sport 380 has a dry weight of 1,066 kilograms (kerb weight - 1,100 kilograms) which is 25 kilos lighter than the Sport 350.
Much of this weight saving is in the form of a polycarbonate window (instead of glass), carbon fibre seats, forged alloy wheels and a lithium ion battery and a new wing and diffuser.
Customers can save even more weight by choosing a titanium exhaust and a removable carbon-fibre roof instead of the fabric soft-top.
The Exige Sport 380 can generate 140 kilograms of downforce at its top speed, which is a 60 percent improvement over the Exige Sport 350. Thankfully, there has been no increase in drag.
All this is thanks to new aero bits like the twin canards on either side of the front bumper, a new front splitter, the fixed rear wing and diffuser all of which are made from carbon-fibre. All these aero bits combine together to make the Exige even more faster around the corners.
Braking duties are handled by AP Racing's forged, four-piston brake calipers and grooved performance two-piece brake discs.
The Lotus Exige Sport 380 sits on is fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres as standard (265/35 ZR18 rear and 215/45 ZR17 front) which are fitted onto alloy wheels.
An optional Track Pack adds two-way adjustable Nitron dampers and adjustable Eibach front and rear anti-roll bars.
The all-new Lotus Exige Sport 380 will go on sale early next year, priced from £67,900 (Rs. 57.83 lakh) which is around £11,000 (Rs. 9.37 lakh) more than the Exige Sport 350.