Lotus Exige Sport 380 revealed as most hardcore version yet

The hottest ever version of Lotus’s ballistic extruded-aluminium Exige has been unveiled; the Exige Sport 380. It features aggressive aero and a more powerful engine.


The Sport 380 can be marked out with anodised red highlights, a far more aggressive aerodynamic kit that was perfected in a wind tunnel, carbon fibre sill extensions and air deflectors and special wheels/tyres. The aero improvements mean it generates 140kg of downforce when travelling at its 286km/h top speed. 0-100km/h, as you’re probably wondering, arrives in just 3.7 seconds, whether you’ve specified six-speed automatic or manual transmissions.

To get a faster Lotus you’ll need the sub 900kg, 336kW 3-Eleven, which is a hardcore track-focused model and more compromised than the Exige Sport 380.

Lightweighting measures include carbon fibre seats, lighter rear lights, a lithium-ion battery and grooved two-piece brake discs. These bring weight down to 1020kg, giving the car a power:weight ratio of 255kW/tonne.

The Toyota 2GR 3.5-litre V6 with its supercharger has been massaged to produced 238kW and 420Nm. Lotus has also increased the fuel tank to 48 litres for added touring range.

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No word yet on a local release, but the local Exige starts from AU$132,990 for the 258kW/400Nm Exige S which weighs 1176kg.

Mitchell was a contributing journalist and features writer at Performance Drive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.