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by Matt Brogan

Lotus has again this year taken all that’s great about the standard Exige S 260 and bettered it by introducing the 2010 Lotus Exige Cup 260.

Featuring much of the same weight saving techniques as seen it last year’s model, a few spec details have improved the MY10 edition, which is priced exactly the same as its superseded sibling – to make it worth a serious look.

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Developing 191kW from its supercharged 1.8-litre engine, a figure again unchanged from last year, the MY10 Exige Cup 260 boasts better fuel efficiency, down to 8.5L/100km from 9.1L/100km, and better emissions figures, now 199g/km from 216g/km, than the model it replaces.

The Exige Cup 260 offers all the good bits we’ve come to expect from the name including lightweight seats, carbon fibre panels, race battery, and superlight alloy wheels to produce a tare weight of just 888 kilograms.

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The rear wing has a revised mounting system to improve stability while the entire assembly has also been enlarged and moved further back to create more downforce.

The new Exige Cup 260 also gets a redesigned front splitter to deflect air around the front tyres, decreasing drag.

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Ohlins two-way adjustable shock absorbers are now standard as well allowing owners more adjustment come track day, while braking remains unchanged with four-pot AP Race brakes standard.

A new rear diffuser design and structural shear panel have also surfaced to increase rear chassis stiffness by a full 30 per cent.

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Currently available for pre-order only in the EU, an Australian launch date for the Lotus Exige Cup 260 has yet to be announced. CarAdvice will keep you posted.




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