Jose Altoveros / Lotus | May 07, 2018 15:27
Lotus Exige Sport 410 bridges gap between Exige Sport 350 and Exige Cup 430
To add more variety to the Exige lineup, Lotus recently introduced the Exige Sport 410. The Exige Sport 410 then bridges the gap between the entry-level Exige Sport 350 and the range-topping, track-oriented Exige Cup 430. As such, it receives several upgrades found from the latter, such as the engine, chassis and suspension albeit detuned to suit both road and track use.
Beginning with the engine, the Exige Sport 410 is powered by the same supercharged 3.5-liter V6 found on the Exige Cup 430. However, it has been tuned to only produce 416 PS and 420 Nm of torque. It is then mated to a close-ratio, six-speed manual transmission which sends power to the rear wheels. This then translates to a 0-97 km/h time of just under 3.3 seconds with a top speed of 290 km/h.
Apart from the engine, the Exige Sport 410 also uses the same chassis, suspension and dampers as the Exige Cup 430. With the extensive use of carbon fiber, the Exige Sport 410 only has a dry weight of 1054 kg. As for its suspension, Lotus retuned the three-way adjustable Nitron dampers for road use. Retained, however, are the Eibach anti-roll bars at the front and rear.
To help keep the weight down, the Lotus fitted lightweight forged wheels on the Exige Sport 410. They are then wrapped in sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Tires. Hidden behind the wheels are four-piston AP racing brakes which help the midship stop on a dime.
Inside, there is still some semblance of comfort for driving it on long road trips. Occupants sit on Lotus carbon fiber sports seats which can be lined in full leather trim or a mix with Alcantara. Air conditioning, stereo and sound insulation do come as extra.