Seems like the folks at Lotus Cars can’t get enough of “track-focused” Exiges as they add yet another variant to the line up – the Lotus Exige Sport 410. Slotting between the Exige Cup 430 and Exige Cup 380, the Exige Sport 410 serves as the stable’s ultimate road-oriented sports car.
The Exige Sport 410 takes after the track-focused Exige Cup 430, adopting the same chassis, suspension and powertrain set-up. The 3.5-litre supercharged V6 engine has been recalibrated to develop 416 hp (410 bhp) and 420 Nm of torque paired to a close ratio six-speed manual transmission with an open-gate gearshift design. Century sprint is done in 3.4 seconds, onwards to a top speed of 290 km/h for the coupe and 233 km/h for the roadster.
Visually, the Exige Sport 410 wears wider aperture grilles in the new front clam panel, an extended Aluminium diffuser and a new rear wing that contributes to a total downforce of 150 kg. Stopping power is courtesy of AP Racing’s four-piston callipers tucked away behind ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels measuring 17-inch front and 18-inch rear.
To keep the sports car in check, Lotus has fitted the Exige Sport 410 with three-way adjustable Nitron dampers, Eibach adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars as well as Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (215/45 ZR17 front and 285/30 ZR18 rear).
Other performance enhancing options include a full titanium exhaust system, carbon fibre trims for the instrument binnacle, sill covers, barge boards and roof, electrical cut-off and fire extinguisher controls, airbag deletion, 4-point harnesses and FIA compliant roll cage.
Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc said, “With every new Lotus we look to move the bar higher and apply technology and development ideas drawn from top-of-the-range models. Our agility as a company means that the lessons learnt today can quickly be incorporated into the cars of tomorrow and the Exige Sport 410 is a perfect example of this. We have taken the Exige Cup 430, the ultimate track-centric Exige, and developed it into the perfect road orientated sports car, ensuring that we stay ahead of rivals when it comes to cars that deliver a truly engaging analogue driving experience.”