Lotus introduces the slimmer Exige Sport 350 [gallery] image

The British sports car manufacturer has just introduced the new Exige Sport 350 version which has taken up a strict “fat-loosing” diet and has turned out 112 lbs slimmer.

The model comes with substantial weight savings compared to its predecessor the Exige S and is mirroring the gym program undertaken by the Elise, with the Exige now tipping the scale at just 2, 480 lbs (1,125 kg) when calling out the new Sport 350 version. This makes it 112 lbs (51 kg) lighter than the outgoing Exige S and the fat-loss program included the replacement of the standard battery with a lighter as well as replacing the engine mounts. It also has better sound insulation now as well as slimmer HVAC pipework next to a louvered tailgate panel. The lighter Exige Sport 350 will also look pretty stupendous when viewed from inside thanks to the modified lightweight center console that has left the gearshift mechanism exposed.

Power comes from the standard V6 3.5-liter supercharged churning out 345 hp (258 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque and mated to an updated manual gearbox that is faster and more precise now. The Exige Sport 350 will deliver the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds and will go flat out until it reaches 170 mph (274 km/h).You can choose the optional six speed automatic and the sprint will last for 3.8 seconds but the maximum speed goes down to 162 mph (261 km/h). Further modifications have targeted the suspension, with refreshed dampers and a modified geometry, with all the new goodies delivering a lowered center of gravity – Lotus says the Exige S has been beaten on the test track by a full 2.5 seconds. If you need even more light weighting, you can go for the optional forged alloy wheels that will take another 11 lbs (5 kg) off and the cross drilled and vented two-piece brake discs that save the same amount of weight. The company has priced the Exige Sport 350 from $80,900 (€74,000) in Germany and deliveries have been tipped for February 2016.