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Lotus introduces Exige Cup 430, its fastest road car yet

by Ben Hsu

The Exige now has the Evora\'s supercharged V6.

Lotus has introduced a new variant of the Exige that the company says is the fastest road car it has ever produced.

The Exige Cup 430 takes its name fro the fact that it utilizes the 430-horsepower supercharged V6 borrowed from its big sister, the Evora GT430. That's 55 more than the Exige Cup 380 it succeeds, which weighs in at "just" 375-horsepower.

In a package that weighs just 2,410 pounds, that's a phenomenal power-to-weight ratio besting even the overall lighter Exige Cup 380. As such, it is the fastest production car ever tested at Hethel Circuit, turning in a lap time even 1.2 seconds quicker than the .

Lotus says the Exige Cup 430 can reach 0-60 miles per hour in just 3.2 seconds and has a top speed of 180 miles per hour. Part of that comes from reduced weight from carbon fiber ducting in the front clamshell and lighter interior materials, as well as newly designed carbon fiber air splitters, diffusers and the rear wing, generating in total 485 pounds of downforce. That's as much at 100 miles per hour than the Exige Sport 350 generates a its top speed of 170 miles per hour.

The Exige Cup 430 will cost the equivalent of $130,500 US dollars, but currently it's only available in the UK and select European countries.

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