Lotus Cars have introduced the Exige Sport 410 in Coupe or Roadster variant, the latest of the Exige line-up; just a step below the extreme Exige Cup 430. Developed directly from the track focused Exige Cup 430, the Exige Sport 410 is designed to be the ultimate road drive, unrivalled in its class.
This latest addition to the Exige range packs the advanced chassis, suspension and powertrain set-up from its more powerful stablemate, the track focused Exige Cup 430, with a recalibrated engine producing 410 hp (416 PS) at 7,000 rpm and 420 Nm (310 lbft) on tap from 3,000 rpm to 7000 rpm. The high-performance 3.5-liter, supercharged and charge cooled V6 engine combined with a dry weight of just 1,054 kg (lightest possible dry) delivers a class-leading power to weight ratio of 389 hp / tonne, and makes the Exige Sport 410 the lightest V6 Exige ever. Sprinting from 0 – 100 km/h is a little over 3.3 seconds, the latest Exige has a top speed of of 290 km/h (Coupe), equal to the range-topping Exige Cup 430.
The Exige Sport 410 has been developed to generate 150 kg of downforce, sharing design cues from the Exige Cup 430, adopting a visually arresting revised lightweight front clam panel incorporating wider grilles and carbon fiber air curtains and front splitter. The Roadster version has a lightweight black removable soft-top.
In looks, the wider aperture grilles in the new front clam panel provides total downforce of 150 kg (60 kg at the front and 90 kg at the rear). Meanwhile, the front splitter helps separate and speed airflow under the car, and the inclusion of air curtain elements into the front clam panel. In addition, the enlarged front clam panel openings, with wider radiator apertures, aid cooling. At the rear, the extended Aluminium diffuser, combined with the new high-mounted wing all contribute to the Exige Sport 410’s enhanced downforce.
Inside, details include open-gate manual gearshift design, Alcantara steering wheel and Lotus’ own carbon fiber sports seats trimmed with either a combination of Alcantara and leather or optional full leather, both featuring contrast stitching.
Optional Interior Color Pack (in a choice of four) provides contrasting surrounds to the transmission console, HVAC surround, carbon seat eyelets and electric window bezels. As standard, the center console and dashboard are trimmed in Alcantara with the door cards, a combination of Alcantara and leather. Air conditioning and an integrated entertainment system including iPod connectivity and Bluetooth.
Befitting an industry benchmark, the Exige Sport 410 takes the chassis, suspension and dampers from the Exige Cup 430, re-tuning the three-way adjustable Nitron dampers for a road bias and to suit the car’s revised aerodynamic set-up. These can be customized to the driver’s precise requirements (rebound and low and high-speed compression) along with the Eibach adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars, fitted as standard, which complete the car’s class-leading chassis set-up.
The Exige Sport 410 is fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (285/30 ZR18 rear and 215/45 ZR17 front), 20 mm wider at the rear. Black or Silver rims are standard.
Braking is courtesy of AP Racing, with forged, four-piston calipers and performance two-piece J-hook brake discs. With a higher thermal capacity and improved bite, these discs have better debris clearance and impart consistent pedal feel with greater stopping power.
Performance options for the Exige Sport 410 include a full exhaust system in titanium, removing 10 kg from beyond the rear axle, and a number of high-gloss, visible weave carbon fiber components including instrument binnacle, sill covers, barge boards and roof. A host of motorsport-centric options are also available including electrical cut-off and fire extinguisher controls, airbag deletion, a non-airbag steering wheel, 4-point harnesses and a dealer fit FIA compliant roll cage.