Here at The Car Pro we’re hooked on the Lotus video featuring the new Exige Sport 350.
No, it doesn’t even matter that it’s not street legal in the U.S. This car is just plain cool to look at.
The new Exige Sport 350 is lighter and more powerful than ever. It has the same 345 horsepower as the last model, but since it’s lighter you get more bang for your buck. The power comes from the mid-mounted, 3.5-liter, fuel injected, supercharged, V6 with 295 pound-feet of torque at 4500 rpm.
The Exige gets a top speed of 170 mph and cruises 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds. Six-speed manual transmission is standard. However, six-speed Automatic is offered with forged alloy shift paddles.
The Sport 350 uses the Lotus Dynamic Performance Management control and BOSCH Electronic Differential Lock. The base is solid with a forged alloy suspension wishbones and visible chassis cross-members. This adds up to track-ready performance.
It weighs 2480 pounds, dropping 112 pounds from the previous model. The engine revs under a new matte black louvered cover that drops 6.6 pounds. The loss of the air conditioning on track models sheds 16.5 pounds. The body panels are 26.5 pounds lighter and the passenger side loses the footrest and sun visor to shed 2.6 pounds.
The wheels are gloss black 17-inch front and 18-inch rear in a 10 spoke alloy style. They are offered in Silver cast alloy and lightweight satin black forged alloy as well.
The cabin offers an optional styling package that adds an exposed gearshift. A new Heritage Tartan package adds red or yellow plaid seats. If plaid is more than you bargained for, there is an Alcantara Trim package in a choice of black or red. There is also a black, red, and tan Leather Trim Package.
The Exige Sport 350 is on sale now for track use only. As we mentioned earlier, unfortunately, it does not meet U.S. road driving standards. It will go on sale in Europe and other, non-U.S., markets by March. It has a starting price of $83,273 (£55,900).
To do more than cruise around the track, check out the new 2017 Evora 400. It features a new supercharged, water-to-air charge-cooled, all aluminum, 24 valve, mid-mounted, 3.5-liter, V6 engine. It packs 400 horsepower and 302 lb-ft torque. It does 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds, only 0.4 seconds slower than the Sport 350. It goes on sale early next year in the U.S. with a starting price of $89,900.