New series production variant joins featherweight sports car range

The Lotus Exige Sport 410 has been revealed this week, becoming the latest permanent family member in the revised Exige line-up.

According to the British manufacturer, the Exige Sport 410 has been "developed directly from the track focused Exige Cup 430", nabbing the more focused powertrain, suspension and chassis setup from the all-out track weapon – though the engine has been tuned to 410hp (306kW) and 420Nm.

Performance figures for the new variant are rather impressive, 0-100km/h takes a claimed 3.4 seconds, while top speed is rated at 290km/h (coupe).

Weighing in at just 1054 kilograms (dry), the Sport 410 is also the lightest V6-engined Exige ever to be produced. Shifting gears is a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission with an eye-catching exposed-gear linkage.

Key features include an extensive aerodynamic package, which provides total downforce of 150kg (60kg front, 90kg rear). There's also three-way adjustable Nitron dampers, Eibach adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars, along with ultra-lightweight forged alloys wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (215/45 R17 front, 285/30 R18 rear).

Other highlights include AP Racing brakes, with four-piston calipers all round mated to two-piece J-hook discs, carbon-fibre components for the air curtains, front splitter – and more if you tick enough option boxes – along with extensive use of Alcantara and leather throughout the interior.

There are also plenty of cost-options available to buyers, including a titanium exhaust system – shedding 10kg in the process – visible carbon-fibre weave components for the interior and roof, four-point racing harnesses, FIA-compliant roll cage, interior colour packs, air conditioning, and extended leather trim for the cabin.

Pricing in the UK kicks off at £85,600 ($153,985).

Australia

Lotus's local division has told CarAdvice it is in the process of finalising details for the Australian market, and will update when that information is available. Stay tuned.