Geneva finds itself the venue for manufacturer’s debuts for new vehicles. In the case of Lotus however, they’ve just released a special variant of their flagship sports car, the Exige.
Dubbed as the Exige Sport 350 Roadster, the topless version of the British sports coupe is fitted with various lightweight items such as a lithium-ion battery, a louvered tailgate and lightweight engine mounts. Optional pieces will allow the installation of forged alloy wheels as well as a Carbon Aero Pack that consists of a carbon fiber front splitter, rear wing, and a rear diffuser. All told and with all options fitted, the Sport Roadster tips the scales at 1125 kg; 51 kg less than the Exige S V6.
With typical Lotus models are known to tip the scales below 1000 kg, we’re left to wonder why this particular 'lightweight' goes beyond that figure. Perhaps its 3.5-liter supercharged V6 engine is to blame, but then again its 350 PS worth of power and 400 Nm of torque should make up for any queries about its weight. When mated to its 'heavily revised' 6-speed manual, the Exige is capable of doing 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 240 km/h. The Exige Sport 350 Roadster can also come with a 6-speed automatic transmission and paddle shifters.
Interior changes include a lightweight center console as well as options of leather, Alcantara and heritage-oriented red or yellow tartan for the rest of the cabin.
Pricing has yet to be confirmed, but it appears that the Exige Sport 350 Roadster is expected to command a premium of £1000 over the coupe’s £55,900 tag.