Lotus Reveals Exige Sport 380 — The Supercar Killer

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British sportscar maker Lotus has revealed the Exige Sport 380, the fastest and lightest version of its manic V6 powered sports car.

Lotus Exige Sport 380 Revealed, Priced At £67,900

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.

Lotus Exige Sport 380 Revealed, Priced At £67,900

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.

Lotus Exige Sport 380 Revealed, Priced At £67,900

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.

Lotus Exige Sport 380 Revealed, Priced At £67,900

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.

Lotus Exige Sport 380 Revealed, Priced At £67,900

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.

Lotus Exige Sport 380 Revealed, Priced At £67,900

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.

Lotus Exige Sport 380 Revealed, Priced At £67,900

Customers can save even more weight by choosing a titanium exhaust and a removable carbon-fibre roof instead of the fabric soft-top.

Lotus Exige Sport 380 Revealed, Priced At £67,900

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.

Lotus Exige Sport 380 Revealed, Priced At £67,900

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.

Lotus Exige Sport 380 Revealed, Priced At £67,900

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.

Lotus Exige Sport 380 Revealed, Priced At £67,900

An optional Track Pack adds two-way adjustable Nitron dampers and adjustable Eibach front and rear anti-roll bars.

Lotus Exige Sport 380 Revealed, Priced At £67,900

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.

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Story first published: Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 19:44 [IST]
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