If you are looking for power then the Lotus Exige Sport 380 is a supercar worth getting excited about.
Weighing a mere 1,010 kg, the latest Lotus Sports Car has an impressive power to weight ratio of 338hp per tonne and, if that’s not enough, it can achieve 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 178mph.
In order to make the vehicle lighter, the Lotus designers have used high gloss visible weave parts including the front splitter, front access panel, rear wing and rear diffuser surround to save 2.7kg. To save a further 27.5kg the rear window is now crafted from transparent polycarbonate and carbon race seats, a lithium-ion battery, ultra-lightweight forged wheels and grooved two-piece brake discs have all been installed on the Exige Sport 380.
In order to optimise airflow and improve aerodynamics, the Lotus design team have changed the front access panel so that it transforms the airflow exiting the Exige 380 sport’s horizontally-mounted radiators before it travels over the car. The carbon and rubber lip front spoiler and carbon barge boards reduce pressure under the vehicle.
The 3.5 litre supercharged V6 engine generates 375 hp at 6700rpm and 410 Nm (302 lbft) of torque at 5000rpm. In order to increase the power, a modified supercharger pulley has been installed to increase charge pressure. An improved fuel pump, exhaust system and recalibrated ECU, combined with a larger 48 litre petrol tank, will allow drivers to enjoy the Lotus Exige Sport 380 for longer before topping up the fuel.
The manual 6-speed Exige Sport 380 has an exposed gearshift with close ratios and light shift weight as well as a balanced clutch weight and throttle management blips on downshifts. It is also available as a 6-speed automatic with forged alloy shift paddles.
Emission And Fuel Consumption (l/100km)
|Co2 Emissions, Combined||242 g/km||225 g/km|
Moving to the interior, the steering wheel is finished with a black leather trim and the carbon fibre sports seats, door cards and centre console have an Alcantara® trim with contrast stitching. There is also a polished aluminium gear knob and leather handbrake sleeve that complement the exposed gearshift. Other standard features include an engine start button, rear parking sensors and driver and passenger airbags.
There are several optional packs available including carbon exterior components, exterior colour options and a hard top for the roadster model. For the interior there is an optional colour pack, tartan trim or leather trim pack. Optional paint finishes include metallic and signature.
Whilst the Lotus Exige Sport 380 has a slightly higher starting price than the older Exige models, the overall improvements outweigh this and, compared to some of its rivals such as Porsche, it could be considered a bargain. Due for release in February 2017, it’s our recommendation if you are looking for either a sophisticated sports car or something for track day thrills.
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