November 25, 2016 @ 07:24 PM

Introducing Lotus’ latest supercar slayer – the Exige Sport 380

Take 375bhp, stuff it in a 1066kg car and what you’ll get is the fastest Exige ever made

Why bother fixing something that isn’t broken? Similar to how Porsche stubbornly sticks to putting the engine in the rear for their 911s, Lotus are more than happy to maintain their practice to “simplify, then add lightness”. This formula seems to work again as they add 375bhp into a featherweight car and instantly turning their new Exige Sport 380 into a zippy supercar slayer.

 

The previous Exige Sport 350 is not something to be underestimated which is already lighter and faster than the Exige S. But Lotus managed to take things up a notch with the Exige Sport 380 as thanks to its 3.5-liter supercharged V6 engine producing 375bhp at 6700rpm and 410Nm at 5000rpm, 0-100kph is dealt with in just 3.7 seconds and will keep on climbing until it hits the top speed of 286kph.

 

Power was not the only area that Lotus focused on in making the Exige Sport 380 as they managed to make the already-light sports car even lighter. The Exige Sport 380 tips the scales at 1066kg (with the lightweight options) and it’s all thanks to parts like the new polycarbonate rear window, carbon race seats, lithium-ion battery and ultra-light forged wheels. This also gives the Exige Sport 380 a power-to-weight ratio of 352bhp per tonne.

One of the highlights of the Exige Sport 380 is the six-speed manual gearbox which uses Lotus’ open-gate design. This beautifully crafted piece of machinery does not only appeal to the eyes as it also provides faster and cleaner gear changes. The manual gearbox has been further improved through the introduction of a new oil cooler to ensure the gears operate at the optimal temperature even in demanding conditions.

 

Also worth noting, the Exige Sport 380 is also offered with an optional six-speed automatic gearbox which the driver can either change gears using the forged aluminium pedals located behind the steering wheel or let the gearbox’s fully automated mode take care of itself.

 

Aside from making the Exige Sport 380 look aggressive, the new aero pack also help in increasing the downforce to 140kg at maximum speed, which is an increase of 60 per cent over the Exige Sport 350. The Exige Sport 380 boasts a revised front access panel, carbon front spoiler and rubber lip spoiler, front canard wings, a carbon rear wing and air blades behind the rear wheels.

The Exige Sport 380 will be offered in 10 individual colours and customers will also have the option to go for the sportier Track Pack that provides a set of Nitron two-way adjustable dampers and Eibach adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars. Pricing for this wild Lotus will start from £67,900 for the UK, €89,900 in Germany and ¥12,760,000 in Japan.

 

Hussein Zain

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