Lotus is in “full-rebuild” mode, because it continues to roll out up to date and new fashions. Lately we noticed the awesomeness that’s the 2016 Lotus Evora four hundred , then the brand new 2016 Lotus three-Eleven , and extra not too long ago we bought a have a look at a brand new particular-version model of the Exige .
2016 Lotus Exige 360 Cup
Dubbed the Exige 360 Cup, this mannequin takes what Lotus started with the 2013 Lotus Exige V6 Cup and pushes it additional, with some visible updates and a gentle energy increase.
So, have I formally given up my cheeky pokes at Lotus now that the model is beginning to present indicators of life below its new administration?
Exterior 2016 Lotus Exige 360 Cup
At first look, the Exige 360 Cup seems like the usual Exige V6 Cup. Upon additional examination, nevertheless, the variations are there. Up entrance, the 360 Cup includes a revised matte-black hood with twin nostrils, whereas Motorsport Pink highlights seem on the entrance splitter and the entrance of the hood.
Across the sides, the Motorsport Crimson wheels are a lifeless giveaway, however there’s additionally a refined crimson line on the highest of the air intakes that breaks issues up a bit.
From the rear, the adjustments are much more apparent, as this angle reveals off a “360 Cup” badge, a louvered engine cowl, pink spoiler uprights, a crimson accent on the highest of the diffuser, and twin-exit, middle-mounted exhaust suggestions.
Whereas its modifications are fairly minor, the Easter eggs right here and there are a pleasant method to set this particular mannequin off from the usual V6 Cup.
Interior 2016 Lotus Exige 360 Cup
The Exige 360 Cup’s cabin has a number of updates, however nothing even near the outside. The principle updates embody “360 Cup” embroidered SuedeTex seats and dashboard, and a numbered construct plate. There are, nevertheless, just a few choices that may assist spruce issues up a bit. These choices embody a pink Alcantara inside, a fireplace extinguisher, air-conditioning, 4-level harnesses and a detachable steering wheel.
Positive, the Exige Cup 360’s inside is fairly Plain Jane, however it’s a observe-centered sports activities automotive, so you need to count on that.
Below the louvered engine cowl of the Exige 360 Cup is similar three.5-liter supercharged V-6 that powers the usual V6 Cup, however Lotus pushed it to 360 PS (355 horsepower) – a ten PS increase. Lotus milked these further ponies from the Toyota -sourced V-6 by releasing up the move in its consumption and exhaust programs.
Although it has barely extra energy, its efficiency credentials stay unchanged at slightly below three.eight seconds to 60 mph and a prime velocity of a hundred and seventy mph.
Just like the V6 Cup this mannequin relies upon, the 360 Cup has an aluminum chassis, double-wishbone suspension and two-method adjustable suspension for precision dealing with. It additionally has 4 dynamic modes: drive, sport, race, and off. It additionally options launch management for off-the-line acceleration.
For added prowess within the twisties, there are non-compulsory Ohlins TTX two-means adjustable dampers.
This particular mannequin additionally packs the V6 Cup’s aero equipment, which provides forty three kilos of downforce at a hundred mph. Not too dangerous for a automotive the weighs simply 1,one hundred thirty kg (2,491 kilos).
The Exige 360 Cup rings in at £62,995 ($98,758 as of 2015) together with VAT. Oddly sufficient, that is the very same value because the V6 Cup. If you’re trying to choose up this racing rig, you’d higher act quick, as Lotus will provide simply 50 examples.