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Lotus Exige Cup 430 is most extreme Exige yet

Autocar logo Autocar 09/11/2017 Rachel Burgess

Lotus Exige Cup 430 is most extreme Exige yet

Lotus Exige Cup 430 is most extreme Exige yet
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Lotus has revealed its most extreme Exige yet, the Exige Cup 430, offering 13% more power than the limited-production Exige Cup 380 unveiled in April this year.

While the Cup 380 was limited to 60 models, costing £83,000 each, the Cup 430 is a full production model and is priced at £99,800. 

Using a development of the 3.5-litre V6 powertrain found on the Lotus Evora GT430, the Exige Cup 430 has 424bhp at 7,000rpm and 325lb ft of torque from 4000rpm. It achieves 0-60mph in 3.2secs, 0.2sec faster than the Cup 380. That means a 54bhp, or 13%, hike in power over the Cup 380.

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Weight is 1056kg in its lightest configuration, claimed Lotus, which is near-identical to the Cup 380. However, thanks to the extra power, the power-to-weight ratio is improved from 350bhp per tonne in the 380 to 401bhp per tonne in this new model. Downforce is 220kg. 

Lotus said that the powertrain paired with a newly designed body “delivers enhanced aerodynamic performance to reveal the model’s true potential”.

Lotus Exige Cup 430 is most extreme Exige yet © Autocar Lotus Exige Cup 430 is most extreme Exige yet New aero features include an ultra-lightweight front clam with carbon fibre ducts and wider radiator apertures and a new mesh pattern grille to allow for a new front splitter and air curtain to reduce drag. 

The lightweight rear clam panel supports the larger, straight motorsport wing to increase downforce without impacting upon the car’s overall drag coefficient, said Lotus. 

The new front and rear clam panels are 6.8kg lighter than those on any other Exige.

Lotus Exige Cup 430 is most extreme Exige yet © Autocar Lotus Exige Cup 430 is most extreme Exige yet Lotus boss Jean-Marc Gales said: “This is the car that we have always wanted to build, and I am sure that all Lotus enthusiasts will be delighted with the end product. 

“As well as a significant power hike, the Cup 430 has benefited from extensive development in areas essential to Lotus’ DNA, in order to ensure that the full potential of the Exige’s incredible chassis can be exploited. This car has no rivals – inside or outside of its price bracket - and it’s no exaggeration when we say that nothing can keep up with this Exige on the road or track.”

Lotus said the Exige Cup 430 has completed its Hethel circuit in 1 minute 24.8 seconds – the fastest production car to lap the famous circuit – 1.2 seconds faster than the Lotus 3-Eleven Road car.

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