The Lotus Exige Cup 430 has been revealed this week, tipped as the “most extreme” example of the British sports car ever produced.
Headlining the upgrades is a reworked 3.5-litre supercharged V6, developing 320kW (430hp) of power and 440Nm of torque. Drive is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission.
With the extra grunt, the lightweight racer is capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in just 3.3 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 290km/h (180mph).
Compared to the previous Exige Cup 380 – which was a limited-run version – the Cup 430 has 15 per cent more power, 9 per cent more downforce allocated to the front, while the interior shaves some 2.5 kilograms.
Headlining features include an array of carbon-fibre components – the front splitter, ‘front access panel’, side air intakes, tailgate and “race-derived” fixed rear wing.
Ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels fill the arches (17-inch front, 18-inch rear), wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber (215/45 front 285/30 rear). Behind those rims are forged four-piston AP Racing brake calipers mated to two-piece J-hook brake discs.
Other highlights include a T45 steel roll bar, a lithium-ion battery, front towing eye, carbon-fibre race seats trimmed in Alcantara, along with Alcantara finishes for the doors, dashboard and centre console – though leather or tartan are available as a no-cost option.
It’s also the quickest production car around Britain’s Hethel circuit – recording a lap time of 1 minute 24.8 seconds.
The Lotus Exige Cup 430 is available in Europe now from 99,800 pounds ($170,747) in the UK, or 127,500 euros ($193,307) in Germany.
We’ve contacted Lotus’s local division regarding the Australian introduction of the Exige Cup 430. Stay tuned for an updated.