Lotus Is Bringing A New Model Stateside But It's Not Road-Legal


Pro: There's a new Lotus for sale in the US. Con: You can't drive it to work.

When the Lotus Exige Race 380 debuted a few days ago we naturally assumed that the track-only version of the Exige Sport 380 was destined to be forbidden fruit. The Exige doesn’t meet US safety standards and can’t be sold in the country. Or can it? Road and Track has learned that the Exige Race 380 will make it stateside, this due to the fact that it’s only supposed to be run on a race track. Sales will kick off in May of this year and the price to play in the 2,220-pound (dry weight) track car will be massive.

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How much is “massive?” Try $145,000, and that’s before you add in any taxes or importation fees. That money buys you a ton of car, literally and figuratively. The Lotus Exige Race 380 has a top speed of 170 mph and does 0-60 mph in just 3.2 seconds. Its supercharged V6 is rated at 375 horsepower and 302 lb-ft of torque. As you’d expect the Lotus is a downforce champ. The Exige Race 380 produces 529 lbs of downforce at 170 mph. We’d like to meet the person with the stones to test that claim. Meeting said person will be tough but not impossible. While the market for this car will be small it will exist, especially among those who want to actually campaign it.

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