This is the most hardcore Exige that Lotus has ever released – with more power, even less weight and even more focus – topping the Exige Sport 350 by a “mile”.
Lotus has taken the Exige Sport 350 and essentially cranked everything up like an aftermarket developer – making its flagship range sports car lighter, more powerful, and more focused. As the name suggests, the Exige Sport 380 has a huge power boost – the Toyota-based 3.5-liter, supercharged V6 engine has gained a new supercharger pulley, fuel pump, engine management system, and exhaust, taking the figures to 375 horsepower (280 kilowatts or 380 metric horsepower, hence the name) and 302 pound-feet (410 Newton meters) of torque. And the Exige Sport 380 tips the scales at just 2,447 pounds (1,110 kilograms) – 57.9 lbs (26.3 kg) have been taken out of the Sport 350 thanks to a lithium battery which cuts 22.7 lbs (10.3 kg) as well as numerous other measures, down to the new rear facia panel that weighs 10.6 ounces (300 grams) less.
There’s also an optional titanium exhaust, carbon fiber roof panel and carbon fiber tailgate to further cut 22 lbs (10 kg) off the curb weight. Lotus says these cuts have helped improve handling while the aerodynamic package produces 309 lbs (140 kg) of downforce at the car’s 178 miles per hour (286 kilometers per hour) maximum speed. The 60 mph sprint is resolved in as little as 3.5 seconds (0 to 100 km/h takes 3.7 secs). This is done via the six-speed manual gearbox with exposed gear linkage – the six-speed automatic with forged aluminium paddle shifters is optional. Also on the option list we found the Nitron adjustable dampers and Eibach anti-roll bars. Pricing at home in the UK kicks off at £67,900 ($84,000).