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Lotus Exige Cup 380 ups the hardcore factor


Seemingly not content with the standard Exige Sport 380 launched last year, Lotus has now unveiled an even more hardcore version dubbed the Cup 380.

Essentially a reworked version of the Sport and touted by the Hethel-based automaker as the purest iteration of its Cup road cars to date, the latest limited edition Exige makes even greater use of carbon fibre and aluminium to trim weight by a further nine kilograms over the Sport, meaning a dry weight of 1 057 kg.

Aesthetically, the Cup boasts a new front splitter, front access panel, bargeboards, roof, diffuser, side pods, one-piece tailgate and motorsport derived rear wing, all claimed to increase downforce by 43% for a total of 200 kg.

In addition, the Cup comes with a steel roll bar as standard, Nitron two-way adjustable dampers, Eibach adjustable front and rear anti-rollbars, variable traction control, AP Racing four piston brake callipers with grooved two-piece brake discs, 18-inch Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, and an optional titanium exhaust for a further 10 kg weight save.

Like the Sport, the Toyota derived 3.5-litre supercharged V6 again produces 280 kW and 410 Nm of torque, but enables the Cup to now reach 100 km/h from standstill in 3.6 seconds, and on to a top speed of 282 km/h, oddly four km/h down on its heavier sibling. Unlike the Sport though, the Cup will only be offered with Lotus' open-gate close-ratio six-speed manual gearbox.

Limited to just 60 units worldwide, the Cup will set buyers back £83 000 (R1 398 839) in its home market, although it remains unknown if any are destined for local release.

Article written by Autodealer
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