Lotus has unveiled the new Exige Sport 410, which will take the place of the previous Exige Sport 380. The new model is derived from the existing Exige Cup 430, but unlike that manic machine, it is made to be more liveable with on the daily drive.
The basics are as follows: a 3.5 litre supercharged V6 serves up 410 hp at 7,000 rpm and 420 Nm of torque at 3,000 to 7,000 rpm. That is more than the 375 hp and 410 Nm offered by the Exige Sport 380, but less than the Exige Cup 430 (430 hp and 440 Nm).
The engine is paired with a six-speed manual and only needs to propel a car that has a dry weight of as low as 1,054 kg – the Exige Sport 380 weighs in a 1,066 kg dry. This translates to a power-to-weight ratio of 389 hp per ton, which Lotus claims makes the Exige Sport 410 the lightest V6-powered Exige ever.
If those figures aren’t enough to whet you your appetite, the new car is only 0.1 seconds slower in the 0-100 km/h sprint than the Exige Cup 430, taking just 3.4 seconds to do. As a coupe, the Exige Sport 410 will hit a top speed of 290 km/h, or 233 km/h in roadster guise – the former is identical to the Exige Cup 430.
There’s also a bump in the amount of downforce generated, which now stands at 150 kg compared to the Exige Sport 380’s 140 kg and Exige Cup 430’s 220 kg. The car’s chassis, suspension and dampers are taken from the Exige Cup 430, but the three-way adjustable Nitron dampers have been retuned to be less track-focused. This can be adjusted accordingly, along with the Eibach adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars.
Sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (215/45 front and 285/30 rear) are wrapped around staggered forged alloy wheel sizes (17-inch front and 18-inch rear), while AP racing brakes provide the stopping power.
The low dry weight mentioned above is only available when all possible lightweight options are ticked (standard dry weight is 1,074 kg, unladen weight is 1,108 kg). These include a titanium exhaust system (-10 kg) and replacing the roof, binnacle top, sill covers, rear diffuser finish and barge boards with carbon-fibre pieces.
As for the interior, you get plenty of Alcantara-covered surfaces to touch, including the steering wheel and combination leather seats. Things like a leather trim park, tartan trim park, interior colour pack, full carpets, floor mats, air-conditioning, audio system, sound insulation and cruise control are all optional extras.