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Lotus trips the light fantastic.

LEGENDARY sports car maker Lotus has completed its Exige line-up with the arrival of a new lightweight version that boasts race car performance and handling.

The new Exige Sport 410 has been developed directly from the trackfocused Exige Cup 430, and comes with the same advanced chassis, suspension and powertrain set-up as its more powerful stablemate.

The 3.5 litre, supercharged, V6 engine has, however, been recalibrated to produce 410 hp (416 PS) at 7,000 rpm - 20 hp less than the track car - but even so it will hit 60mph from standstill in a neck-wrenching 3.3seconds, a mere 0.1 of a second less than its race-tuned sister car. Top speed of the coupe version is 180mph.

Weighing-in at 1,054 kg, it's even lighter than the 430 and is the lightest V6 Exige ever with a class-leading power to weight ratio of 389 hp / tonne.

Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc said: "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."

The newcomer is available in both Coupe and Roadster configurations with prices starting at PS85,600.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 11, 2018
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