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

Update

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.

You Might Also Like
These Are The Most Extreme Lamborghinis Ever Made
These Are The Most Extreme Lamborghinis Ever Made
The Best 6-Cylinder Engines In The World
The Best 6-Cylinder Engines In The World

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.

5 Things You Need To Know About The 2019 BMW X5

After driving the car for the first time, here are our key takeaways.

Watch The BMW M2 Competition Lap The Ring In 7:52

That was supercar territory not long ago.

Kim Jong-un Gets Classy With New Ride

So much for sanctions.

Drifting A 1,000-HP Corvette On Mountain Roads Takes Some Serious Skill

Thought drifting the entire Nurburgring was challenging? Try it in a 1,000-hp Corvette on a mountain road with no safety rails.

Hennessey Heritage Edition Ford Truck Makes More Power Than Anything You’ve Got

This crazy beast is even more powerful than the Ford GT.

Ford Imagines A Future With No Traffic Lights

Stopping at junctions could be a thing of the past in the future.

One-Off Ferrari 330GT Speciale Is A 50-Year-Old Dream Come True

This stunning coachbuilding project is a tribute to legendary Italian designer Giovanni Michelotti.

Students Create 600-HP Honda Civic Hybrid Rallycross Machine

Deep Orange 9 is our kind of school project.

Is The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Way More Powerful Than Advertised?

Jaguar claims the super sedan has 592 horsepower under the hood.

What's Hot

Related Cars

Starting MSRP
$65,690