EVERY now and then a limited edition car or bike crosses our desk that makes us go wow – I want one of those – and the Lotus Exige 360 Cup is just that sort of car.
Its availability in Australia and New Zealand is yet to be confirmed and its production is limited to just 50 vehicles, but Lotus Motorsport has redefined the Exige V6 Cup car into the 360 Cup, and we’re excited.
New lightweight panels and an increase in power mean the Lotus Motorsport Cup model (a road going race car for want of a better description) continues to provide a benchmark in handling and performance.
The Exige 360 Cup bespoke styling signals an evolution in design, with an option of four colours (Metallic White, Metallic Grey, Metallic Black and Metallic Silver) and stealth matt black roof, front access panel and louvred tailgate.
This new model boasts an increase in power with freer flowing induction and a sports exhaust system, which combined with a low vehicle weight of 1130 kg gives an incredibly pure driving experience on road and track.
The power train updates also give the Exige 360 Cup a sportier soundtrack to enhance the driving experience.
“The V6 Cup was a favourite amongst many knowledgeable customers with its incredible track performance and distinctive design,” Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus said.
“I am excited about the introduction of the new 360 Cup which moves the game forward with striking new design features and performance upgrades that offer phenomenal ability on road and track.”
The Exige 360 Cup uses the track proven aero package from the Exige V6 Cup with an aerodynamically optimised front splitter, rear diffuser and wing. Together with the flat underside these aerodynamic aids offer 42 kg of down force at 100 mph (160 km/h).
The chassis on the Exige 360 Cup is a Lotus designed stiff and lightweight bonded aluminium chassis with double wishbone suspension all round. The car is fitted with track focused 2-way adjustable suspension and a 4-dynamic mode (drive, sport, race and off) system, including launch control.
New features for the Exige 360 Cup include a bespoke lightweight front access panel, new lightweight rear tailgate and louvred panel. The Exige 360 Cup has a distinctive design, updated grooved brake discs for improved performance, Motorsport Red wheels, embroidered seats and dash panel.
The options available for the Exige 360 Cup include a new red Alcantara interior, adjustable anti-roll bars, Öhlins race dampers, fire extinguisher and electrical cut-off, FIA carbon seats, air conditioning and removable steering wheel.
As with all Lotus Motorsport Cup models the Exige 360 Cup is eligible for Lotus Cup race series.