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New Models | News / 11-25-16

Fastest Exige ever: 0-60 mph in 3.5 secs


By C! Magazine Staff

 

High powered, highly evolved, and ferociously fast, the Lotus Exige Sport 380 is the most aggressive iteration yet for the Exige model line up.

Taking the fight straight to six-figure supercars, this new, top-of-the-range model carries over the lessons learnt in the development of the acclaimed Exige Sport 350, launched last year, but with significant revisions lowering weight, boosting power and enhancing aerodynamics.

Rather than relying excessively on electronics, or allow sterile interfaces to dull the experience, the extreme Exige Sport 380 offers a pure, undiluted drive that has to be experienced to be fully appreciated.

Unrivalled in its class: faster, sharper, and more direct than adversaries, the Exige Sport 380 is definitely not for the timid. With a dry weight of just 1,066 kg with lightweight options, and boasting a potent power-to-weight ratio of 352 hp per tonne, the new, pure-bred Lotus has been conceived to out perform and out manoeuvre so called supercars. The new Exige is blisteringly fast off the line, dispatching 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds before reaching a top speed of 178 mph.

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Unashamedly analogue and unfiltered

Lotus’ approach to developing the perfect sports car has allowed the Exige Sport 380 to lay claim to the title of the best sports car under £100,000. A true supercar car for the road, the Exige focuses on the three key attributes that have made the company a firm favourite with driving enthusiasts: reduced weight, higher performance and honed aerodynamics.

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Weight less

The Exige Sport 380 features hand-made, high-gloss visible weave components as standard to deliver a weight saving when compared to the Exige Sport 350. This includes the front splitter, revised front access panel, new rear wing and rear diffuser surround, which together save 2.7 kg. A lightweight, transparent polycarbonate rear window saves 0.9 kg over the glass equivalent in the Exige Sport 350. In addition, the carbon race seats (-6 kg), lithium- ion battery (-10.3 kg), ultra-lightweight forged wheels and grooved two-piece brake discs (-10 kg) combine to cut a massive 26.3 kg. A new design of rear transom panel now has two rear light clusters, rather than the four on the Exige Sport 350, with reversing and fog lights now mounted inboard, cutting weight by a further 0.3 kg.

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Power play

The company’s powertrain division has left its mark on the car, with the uprated 3.5-litre supercharged V6 engine generating 375 hp at 6,700 rpm and 410 302 lb ft of torque at 5,000 rpm. Refined from extensive testing and development, it’s a design that’s proved its mettle by powering some of Lotus’ latest supercars, including the track-focused 3-Eleven and the recently revealed Evora Sport 410.

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Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price

 

UK (Pound Sterling)£ 67,900
US (Dollar)$ 84,510

 

Technical Specification:

PERFORMANCEManualAutomatic
Max power375 hp (380 PS, 280 kW) at 6,700 rpm
Max torque410 Nm (302 lbft) at 5,000 rpm
0-60 mph3.5 seconds3.5 seconds
0-100 km/h3.7 seconds3.7 seconds
Max Speed178 mph (286 km/h)170 mph (274 km/h)
Kerb Weight

with lightweight options

1,110 kg

1,100 kg

1,121 kg

1,111 kg

Dry Weight

with lightweight options

1076 kg

1,066 kg

1,087 kg

1,077 kg

Down force at maximum speed140 kg140 kg
Fuel Consumption mpg (l/100 km) *
Urban

Extra Urban

Combined

14.1

8.3

10.4

13.3

7.6

9.7

CO2 emissions242 g/km225 g/km