Very flamboyant and super-fast, the Lotus Exige Cup 380 delivers an exhilarating driving experience. Long before the vehicle comes into view, the signature roar from its V6 engine heralds its impending arrival.
The Cup 380’s low-slung, prowling demeanour bears some comparison with a big cat, despite being almost entirely white and featuring bright red wheels. The vehicle has been created using generous amounts of carbon fibre, which accounts in no small part for its 1,057kg weight. This super-lightweight material is particularly noticeable on the car’s newly designed front splitter, roof panel and one-piece tailgate. The Cup 380’s rear wing benefits from carbon-fibre construction too, and helps with the vehicle’s undoubted aerodynamic qualities. This sports car’s eye-catching 17-inch (front) and 18-inch (rear) forged alloy wheels are encased in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, which provide unerring grip.
The Cup 380’s cockpit features a brace of black Alcantara-trimmed carbon-fibre sports seats, each adorned with stylish contrast stitching. The same fabric and stitching combination can be discerned elsewhere, on the vehicle’s centre console and door cards, for example. The cabin’s stripped-down aesthetic is one way in which the car has achieved its low weight, and is typified by, for example, its deliberately exposed gearshift mechanism.
The Cup 380 is installed with a 3.5-litre 375bhp petrol engine, which is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. This supercharged unit produces a peak torque of 410Nm and 0-60mph in just 3.4 seconds. On a race circuit, the car can achieve a maximum speed of 175mph.
In order for the Cup 380 to attain its high-performing capabilities, it comes without a number of features that might normally be considered standard, such as air conditioning or a sound system. However, should you require them, these – along with a number of other items – are available as optional extras. That said, the car’s whirlwind speed is easily countered, thanks to the high-performance brakes that have been produced by racing and road-car specialists, AP Racing. A Lotus-calibrated Anti-lock Braking System features too, helping to significantly minimise unwanted skidding. The vehicle also comes with four-stage Electronic Stability Programme (with Touring, Sport, Race and Off modes), which deploys torque restriction (as opposed to brake pressure) to maintain traction. Furthermore, whenever high levels of grip are exceeded, Lotus-augmented Dynamic Performance Management kicks in to deliver enhanced stability.
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