Pricing for the Sport 350 will begin from $139,500 while the Sport 410 opens at $169,990 (prices are before on-road costs). Both models can be had in a coupe or roadster body style at no additional cost.
This represents a $10,000 premium for the Sport 410 over 2019 prices, however Lotus says higher standard equipment and more generous use of carbon-fibre justifies the increase.
Both variants feature a mid-mounted 3.5-litre supercharged V6 engine. Output is listed at 258kW and 400Nm in the Sport 350 while the Sport 410 produces 306kW and 420Nm. Both variants mate a six-speed manual transmission to the engine with a rear-wheel-drive layout.
The Sport 410 also gets more race-oriented parts borrowed from the limited-edition Cup 430 as well, including an oil cooler and larger clutch.
With Lotus’s signature emphasis on lightness, the Sport 350 tips the scales at 1125kg while the Sport 410 (thanks to further use of lightweight materials) comes in at 1110kg.
The 0-100km/h dash is done in under four seconds for both models, with the Sport 350 getting there in 3.9 seconds on the way to a top speed of 273km/h and the Sport 410 clocking 3.4 seconds on the way to a 290km/h top speed.
Above: 2020 Lotus Exige Sport 350
Above: 2020 Lotus Exige Sport 410
Thanks to an aggressive aerodynamic package consisting of a carbon-fibre front splitter, air blades and rear wing, the Sport 410 produces 115kg of downforce at that top speed, with 70kg of it pushing down on the front wheels.
Both models ride on wheels measuring 17-inches up front and 18-inch in the rear. The Sport 350 gets alloy wheels fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres while the Sport 410’s wheels are forged alloy wrapped in softer Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.
Both variants’ wheels can be optioned in silver and gloss black paint, however the Sport 410 also comes with a red option.
Exige models receive AP Racing brake calipers, however the Sport 410 receives a forged four-piston version. The Sport 410’s two-piece discs measure in at 332mm at all corners – 10mm larger than the Sport 350’s single-piece discs.
Sport 350 and Sport 410 models receive an electronic differential with three electronic stability programs that can be selected by the driver: Drive, Sport and Race. Drivers looking to feel the chassis in its ‘natural state’ can turn the driver aid off entirely.
The Sport 410 also comes equipped with three-way adjustable Nitron dampers and adjustable Eibach tubular anti-roll bars front and rear to further increase tunability.
Each variant of the Exige is available with standard solid red or solid yellow exterior paint, however metallic, premium and pearl finishes can also be had for additional cost. Customers can also option custom paints if Lotus is given a sample. The front splitter, louvered tailgate and rear diffuser on the Sport 350 come coated in a matte black finish.
Inside, the models’ intent with weight-saving is made clear. The Sport 350’s seats are covered in black leather and a lightweight fabric. The leather finds its way onto the steering wheel, centre console, dash and door sill trims. A standard silver interior colour pack covers remaining surfaces.
The Sport 410 makes use of lightweight alcantara on its seats and throughout the cabin with black leather making an appearance on door sill trims.
Central locking, rear parking sensors, immobiliser alarm system, air-conditioning and electric windows appear as standard on both Exige models, however the models can be further-enhanced with optional packs.
A touring pack increases creature comfort with interior leather trim in black, red or tan with silver stitching and a four-speaker sound system with DAB+ radio, sound insulation, cruise control and black carpeting. The touring pack can also be optioned with alcantara in black or red with silver stitching.
A Sport pack (for the Sport 350) wraps black alcantara around the steering wheel and fits two-piece brake discs and lightweight forged alloy wheels in a black or silver finish. A carbon-fibre aero pack has the front splitter, rear wing and diffuser covered in the exotic material.
2020 Lotus Exige pricing
- Exige Sport 350 coupe - $139,500
- Exige Sport 350 roadster - $139,500
- Exige Sport 410 coupe - $169,990
- Exige Sport 410 roadster - $169,990
All prices exclude on-road costs