Published: Sat, November 11, 2017
IT | By Lester Massey

Lotus introduced the fast 430 HP 430 coupe Exige Cup

Lotus introduced the fast 430 HP 430 coupe Exige Cup

As the name implies, there's a healthy boost of power included - motivation comes from the same supercharged 3.5-liter Toyota V6 used inside the Exige 380, but with a jump from 380 horsepower (283 kilowatts) up to 430 horsepower (320 kilowatts). "This auto has no rivals - inside or outside of its price bracket - and it's no exaggeration when we say that nothing can keep up with this Exige on the road or track". And the Exige Cup 430 is a case in point.

Lotus used to be the British auto company that was heralded for its simplicity in providing thrills behind the wheel.

The Exige Cup 430 is an evolution of the Cup 380, a auto we found so much fun to drive that we really wished it could come to America, if only as a strictly track-bound offering.

From a standstill, the Cup 430 will sprint to 100 km/h in just 3.3 seconds, and can continue accelerating to a top speed of 290 km/h. It makes 430 hp at 7,000 rpm and 440 Nm (325 lb-ft) of torque from 4,000 rpm. Blimey. Thanks to a weight reduction of 12kg - we'll get to that in a second - Lotus claims a power-to-weight ratio of 407hp per tonne.

Lotus has ditched everything it possibly can from the auto in order to boost its power-to-weight ratio and handling prowess, meaning that everything that remains is absolutely crucial in ensuring it still qualifies as a road-legal vehicle, albeit one capable of generating 220kg of downforce evenly split across front and rear axles.

Also part of the package is a variable traction control function with five pre-set traction levels (1%, 3%, 6%, 9%, 12% slip) as well as insurance worrying "off". In its lightest configuration, the auto weighs just 1,056 kg.

As for the body kit, the Cup 430 gets an array of aero elements including an ultra-lightweight front clam with unique carbon fiber ducts, new front splitter and air curtain mechanism, lightweight rear clam panel, and a large motorsport wing.

Indeed, its Hethal lap time is a remarkable one minute, 28.4 seconds, making it the fastest road-legal Lotus ever to lap its test track.

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