Lotus Exige gets even faster: Limited edition priced from $98,855 (Photos)
Lotus Exige V6 Cup is a race car with a difference. It possesses a 3.5 liter V6 engine putting out 346 hp and is capable of acceleration from 0 to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds thanks to the Lotus Dynamic Performance Management which enables Touring, Sport and Race settings for its engine. It is this vehicle that Lotus has announced for US and it will be fitted with revised aerodynamics apt for a car of this stature.
It will include a new front fascia and rear diffuser and fully adjustable suspensions, while wheels are fitted with Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo tyres. Safety features will include FIA approved fire extinguisher, tow points and a removable steering wheel while its HANS compatible seats are fitted with four or six point safety harnesses. With the Track Day version priced at $98,855 and the Competition Spec variant priced at $117,686, these cars will be produced at the Lotus plant in Hethel starting December 2012.
Limited in edition, only 20 such vehicles will be produced. To get a closer look of what is to come, the vehicles will be on display at Lotus Festival at Brands Hatch this coming weekend. Exige V6 Cup will be seen at Lotus Cup series such as Lotus Cup UK, Europe, Eastern Europe, Italy, Japan and Hungary.
Read the news release below for more information.
THE EXIGE GETS EVEN RACIER
Friday, August 17, 2012 – 13:15
Having already got the motoring press hot under the collar with production of the road-going Exige S, we are turning up the temperature at this weekend’s Lotus Festival at Brands Hatch with the official launch of a new track-focused model:
THE EXIGE V6 CUP
There are two variants: a Track Day version priced at £62,995* and a full-on Competition-spec car starting at £74,995*. Performance hits 274km/h, 0-100 in 3.8 seconds, and 346hp kicked out from the 3.5 litre supercharged V6 behind the drivers’ seat. The Exige V6 Cup weighs in at 1080kg, and comes with Lotus Dynamic Performance Management, so you can switch the engine and traction settings between Touring, Sport and Race; Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo tyres; aerodynamically optimized front splitter, rear diffuser and wing; multi-adjustable suspension; and race-ready kit such as a heavy-duty roll cage, 4 or 6-point harnesses, isolator switches, FIA-approved fire extinguisher, tow eyes, removable steering wheel and HANS-compliant race seats.
The first cars will roll off the production line in Hethel in December, with an allocation of 20 cars through to March 2013.
In addition to hitting circuits the world over in various track days events, the Exige V6 Cup is intended for new and current Lotus Cup series including Lotus Cup UK, Lotus Cup Europe, Lotus Cup Eastern Europe, Lotus Cup Italy, Lotus Cup Japan, the Lotus Ladies Cup (Hungary) and Lotus Cup USA – the version of which will be on display at Brands Hatch this weekend. The cars can be purchased through Lotus Cars’ dealer network and direct from Lotus Racing.