Hey, it's only the most hardcore Exige ever made.
Lotus calls it the most extreme Exige coupe it’s ever built, and who are we to question that claim? The Lotus Exige Cup 430, revealed a few months ago, is the successor to the highly regarded Exige Cup 380, only it’s powered by an updated version of the 3.5-liter V6 normally found in the Evora GT430. And yes, of course, it has a six-speed manual directly power straight to the rear wheels. With a total of 430 hp at 7,000 rpm and 325 lb-ft of torque from 4,000 rpm, the Exige Cup 430 has an additional 55 hp over its predecessor.
That matters a lot when you take into account power-to-weight ratio. For example, the Exige Cup 430’s power-to-weight ratio has improved from 350-hp per ton in the Cup 380 to 401-hp per ton, while producing 485 pounds of downforce.
This is attributed to an updated body design with improved aerodynamics and components, including an ultra-lightweight front clam with carbon fiber ducts and wider radiator apertures. There’s also a new front splitter and air curtain mechanism to reduce drag. Performance? Try 0-62 mph in just 3.2 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than its predecessor. Lotus further claims it’s the fastest production car to lap its own Hethel track with a time of 24.8 seconds. And speaking of which, Lotus has released this new video of the Exige Cup 430 doing just that, lapping the automaker’s in-house track with precision and speed.