Never before has Lotus built something this fast for the road.
Lotus is about to retire its 3-Eleven street-legal, track-focused supercar killer, so naturally a final edition is in order. Meet the new Lotus 3-Eleven 430. As its name clearly suggests, it produces a total of 430 hp and 324 lb-ft of torque thanks to its supercharged 3.5-liter V6. Power is delivered to the rear wheels via a good old six-speed manual. Performance, as expected, is quite something. Lotus claims a 0-60 mph time of 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 180 mph. Compared to the original 3-Eleven, the 430 is two-tenths of a second faster to 60 mph.
It also has an extra 6 mph added to its maximum speed. The 3-Eleven is without question the hardcore enthusiast's choice, and the 430 ultimate edition is particularly appealing. In addition to those wicked fast specs, the 430 edition is extremely lightweight at 2,028 pounds (11 fewer than before), and has a power-to-weight ratio of 467 hp per metric ton, due in part to its lightweight full carbon bodywork. It also features enhanced aero components such as a higher mounted straight-cut rear wing with re-profiled end plates, a long front splitter and lip spoiler, and a flat floor with rear diffuser. All told, downforce has been increased by 97 pounds to 584 pounds at maximum speed.
Add to that a Torsen limited-slip differential, Eibach adjustable anti-roll bars, six-position traction control, and a set of Michelin Cup 2 tires on 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels, and you've got one hell of a track toy. Lotus is limiting production to just 20 examples worldwide at a price of 102,000 GBP, or roughly $142,000 at current exchange rates. Also remember the 3-Eleven, as well as the new 430 edition, is not US street legal. "The development of the original 3-Eleven focused our thoughts on a Lotus of pure simplicity and advanced our thinking on the sports cars of the future," said Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales. "The 3-Eleven 430 is the ultimate conclusion of that work, a super car killer and something that we're all immensely proud of."
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