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Lotus Announces Exige CupR

Lotus makes its hard-core Exige even more extreme for track-day enthusiasts looking for that extra performance edge.

The Lotus Exige clearly isn't your everyday sports car. For one thing, it handles like nothing else on the road. For another, it's about as bare-bones as you can get. But this one handles even better and is even more basic. Essentially a track car that can also (technically) be driven on the road, the new Exige V6 CupR adheres even closer to founder Colin Chapman's "add lightness" philosophy. Set to debut at the 2013 Autosport International Show in Birmingham, England, the Exige CupR includes a number of upgrades.

Aerodynamics benefit from an optimized front splitter, rear diffuser and wing. Buyers will be able to choose between 17- and 18-inch wheels, finished in either satin black or diamond-cut finish and wrapped in Pirelli PZero Trofeo tires. It's even got a tow hook to help clear it off the track in case of emergency. Inside it's got a full roll cage, removable steering wheel, fire extinguisher and racing buckets with six-point harnesses. Powered by a Toyota-sourced supercharged 3.5-liter V6 with 361 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque with a six-speed manual and thanks to a low curb weight of 2,293 lbs, the Exige CupR reaches 62 in just 3.8 seconds and tops out at 170 mph.

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