2016 Lotus Exige Sport 350
Lotus Exige Sport 350
As the ultimate avatar of the mankind celebrated Exige, Lotus has revealed the Lotus Exige Sportsman 350, the up-to-the-minute rendering of the class-leading and honor victorious sports car, that’s barge and quicker than always ahead.
The new Lotus Exige Fun 350 is the adjacent simulation in the compass to grade the reintroduction of the famous ‘Fun’ appellative naming. It joins the late proclaimed Lotus Elise Mutation and Elise Mutant 220 – delivering a ignitor and evening more performance-focused drive get.
Concentrating on what Lotus does scoop, and with a center vestal operation, the roadster has been highly-developed to have an peerless feel for the driver, organism sharpy and more organise than late models. Lottery on the centre elements that let made the Exige a strong avourite with impulsive enthusiasts, the Exige Mutant 350 combines Lotus’ jackanapes extruded aluminum anatomy construction with hefty and aerodynamically effective complex bodywork.
A merchandise of Lotus’ ‘Whippersnapper Lab’, the Exige Athletics 350 weighs equitable 1125 kg and has exuviate 51 kg compared to the former modeling Exige S. This diminution in batch is the solvent of a thoroughgoing re-evaluation intentional to birth a complete impulsive feel.
Lotus engineers weighed every part in the premature Lotus Exige S in rescript to write burthen, the answer of which includes, amongst many former changes, the creation of a louvered tailboard impanel, a flatboat barrage, jackanapes locomotive mounts, a jackanapes gist cabinet featuring an open gearstick mechanics, light HVAC pipe and the optimised use of phone insularity.
2016 Lotus Exige Sport 350
Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Aggroup Lotus plc, commented: “The Lotus Exige is already regarded as one of the mankind’s better sports cars and a benchmark for execution and manipulation both on route and on running. With the Exige Fun 350 we took an already phenomenally prompt car and made it level quicker, more dynamical and more virtuous, utterly demonstrating our Lotus pattern doctrine of ‘ignitor and quicker’.”
The 3.5-litre charged V6 locomotive generates 345 hp and 295 lb-ft of torsion at 4500rpm, oblation coruscant, reformist powerfulness to the route, spell revised abatement tuning and cycle geometry bestow to un-matched fomite kinetics and direction preciseness. Conjugate with the car’s lour multitude, this superpower and torsion enables the Lotus Exige Mutation 350 to speed to 60 mph in upright 3.7 seconds (0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds) ahead arrival a top speeding of 170 mph (274 km/h).
The manual gearbox has been heavy revised, gift more exact and faster unfirm. The shifter mechanics uses twinkle slant machined and mould al components which are so technically esthetically sympathetic they are no yearner concealed inside the transmittal burrow but uncovered done an open-gate invention, foster reduction burthen.
The Lotus Exige Play 350 is besides uncommitted with a 6-speed machinelike choice where drivers can commute gears manually via bad aluminum paddles situated bum the wheel, or bank on the gearbox’s full automatonlike way. The reflexive gearbox panel is unified neatly into the heart comfort of the cockpit, with buttons for Commons, Setback, Achromatic and Cause. Up-shifts return fair 240 milliseconds, with speedy downshifts attended by robotlike throttle-blip (when in Mutant way).
When fitted with the optional reflex gearbox, the new Exige Sportsman 350 is somewhat faster for 0-62 mph (0-100km/h), clocking a meter of 3.8 seconds against 3.9 seconds for the manual gearbox, due to electronically optimised gearshifts.
Replacement the premature car’s spyglass tailboard, the freshly intentional jackanapes, warm and blotto, back louvered tailboard not solitary helps depress the Exige’s essence of sobriety, but likewise aids locomotive bay chilling – a sport low introduced on the Lotus Esprit Turbo in 1980.
The Lotus Exige Sportsman 350’s flowing styling produces 42 kg of refine power at 100 mph (160 km/h) with the ass annex and matted undersurface both conducive to its phenomenal flowing operation and exquisitely balanced manipulation.
The Lotus Exige Fun 350’s abeyance, with firmer dampers and revised geometry, delivers more reactive treatment and, combined with a lowered kernel of soberness and foursome plunger bracken calipers, helper it lap Lotus’ exam rails 2.5 seconds quicker than the former Exige S framework, in a clip of 1 moment 29.8 seconds. This makes it the outset yield Lotus always to go sub 1 min 30 seconds about the notable Hethel running.
Lotus Dynamical Functioning Direction (DPM) provides tercet distinct modes – ‘Campaign’, ‘Mutant’ and ‘Wash’ – with the latter oblation increased levels of grip elusion doorstep, allowing wider purport angles earlier intervening. The scheme likewise opens the locomotive discharge ringway valve at mid-to-high locomotive speeds. Both ‘Athletics’ and ‘Airstream’ settings step-up bound reactivity.
New bigger switches with improved haptics let been introduced for the DPM arrangement (Athletics and Run) with the headlights and bum fog lights mounted jointly the fomite’s new locomotive startle clit.
New passementerie packs insert a inheritance paper to the cabin with jackanapes sports seating and threshold panels clothed in red or yellowness Plaid (leather or Alcantara inner reduce options are likewise useable). The Plaid paper was get-go introduced in 1976 in the Lotus Esprit S1 and was a bluff command earlier in safekeeping with the way of the clip and now adjustment for the new Lotus Exige Fun 350.
Optional extras for the Lotus Exige Fun 350 admit jackanapes bad debase wheels (reduction curb slant by a encourage 5 kg), crossbreed drilled and vented bikini bracken discs (paring yet another 5 kg off the slant), melanize or chickenhearted multi-colored four-piston callipers, air conditioning, an in-car amusement arrangement and wax carpeting and strait insularism clique. Upcountry packs concealment Alcantara, leather and Plaid options, for both behind and threshold trims. By selecting the jackanapes options usable the aggregate slant of the Exige Fun 350 becomes a featherweight 1115 kg.
As banner, the presence divider, back flank, movement entree board, cap board, offstage mirrors and back traverse are ruined in matted blackness to accompaniment the car’s belligerent position; with the pick for these components to be multi-colour in torso gloss at no extra be.
Jean-Marc Gales continued, “Igniter weightiness is the well-nigh crucial prospect of our inheritance and futurity Lotus cars testament pursue the focus of our near lately launched models, the Evora 400, Elise Mutation and naturally our up-to-the-minute Exige Mutant 350, all of which are both barge and quicker than their predecessors. Complete the finale 15 eld, serial versions of the Lotus Exige sustain beaten more expensive sports car rivals in media comparing tests and I carry the Exige Sportsman 350 to uphold this. The scoop has barely got ameliorate!”
The Lotus Exige Athletics 350 goes on sale in Europe in February 2016 and bequeath be useable away Europe, excluding Northwards America from Adjoin 2016.
The Lotus Exige Play 350 bequeath too be usable as a Two-seater from Border 2016.