Good parties go out with a bang. Lotus will do just that before the year ends. The new Exige 350 Special Edition finishes the 50th anniversary celebration at the Hethel Plant. Let’s just say we wouldn’t mind getting one for our birthdays either.
The model wraps up the Lotus anniversary trilogy models. The first two in the series are the Evora 400 and Elise 250. Both unveiled early in the year.
The special Exige 350 comes standard with a boat-load of weight saving technology. It weighs 57 less than the standard Exige Sport 350. The shed pounds come from a lithium-ion battery, carbon seats, forged alloy wheels, and a lighter “optimized” sound insulation.
The lightened insulation ensures that you’ll hear the 3.5-liter supercharged V6. The engine packs 345-horsepower. Combined with the light weight it goes from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds. It gets a top speed of 170 mph. Lotus says it does the Hethel track a hair under a minute and a half. No automatic transmission available here. The model comes exclusively with six-speed manual.
Lotus revised the front access panel for the model. It adds to aerodynamics of the design. The rest includes a horizontally mounted radiator, light weight tailgate, and rear wing. Together it adds up to 92 and a half pounds of downforce at 100 mph.
Lotus will only make 50 units of the model. Four color choices are available through: Essex Blue, Old English White, – pretentious, no? – Dark Metallic Grey, and Motorsport Black. All come standard with a contrasting off center racing stripe.
The front splitter, rear wing, front access panel, roof panel, wing mirrors, and rear transom are all done in matte black. The black forged alloy wheels use bright red brake calipers.
Inside options include the choice of black leather or Alcantara with contrast stitching. Cruise control and floor mats come standard. Drivers can opt for an entertainment system that includes iPod connection and Bluetooth.
Unfortunately for us, the model only goes on sale in the U.K., Germany, and Japan. It sells on a first come first serve basis. The previous anniversary models are already sold out. It will be joining them soon.