2017 Lotus Exige Sport 380 is quickest, lightest and most powerful Exige ever built

Article by Christian A., on November 25, 2016

For those who believe that the Exige Sport 350 is still not that extreme, then be prepared to look at what Lotus has done. Dubbed as the Lotus Exige Sport 380, this is a version of the Sport 350 that is more focused, delivers more power, and lighter.

Starting with the weight, the Sport 380 is lighter compared to the Sport 350 by 57.9 lbs. (26.3 kg) having an overall weight of 2,447 lbs. (1,110 kg). This is the result of a number of changes like putting in a lithium ion battery that is lighter by as much as 22.7 lbs. (10.3 kg). Other changes may appear to be small but impact the total weight like fitting in a fascia panel in the rear that reduces the weight by 0.66 lbs. (0.3 kg).

In addition to these improvements, Lotus is offering the option to have the exhaust in titanium and the tailgate and roof panel made of carbon fiber. With this, the curb weight of the Sport 380 is lowered by an additional 22 lbs. (10 kg). Now by reducing the weight, this allowed the brand to give the model a center of gravity that is lower compared to the Sport 350. This also enabled the handling to be modified and improved.

Regarding the power, the increase is evident by looking at the name. Powering this version is the supercharged 3.5-liter V6 engine. By having a fuel pump, supercharger pulley, exhaust, and engine management system, the brand was able to increase the output to 357 hp (280 kW). This is equivalent to 380 metric horsepower, thus the name. Maximum torque is measured to be 302 lb.-ft. (410 Nm). With this, acceleration from 0 to 60 mph is possible in 3.5 seconds. Top speed is at 178 mph (286 km/h).

Transmitting the power to the wheels is the manual 6-speed gearbox, fitted as standard. Offered as an option though is the automatic 6-speed transmission that is managed with the paddle shifters in aluminum. Optional as well are the Eibach anti-roll bars and Nitron adjustable dampers. In addition, the power is channeled through an open differential and this could be because adding a limited slip differential would have increased the weight.

The Exige Sport 380 is fitted with the brand’s very own Dynamic Performance Management system, allowing a choice between the Race mode and the Sport mode. This ensures that the response of the throttle is made faster as well as loosening the control of the traction. The tires fitted to this model are the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 brand with the front sized at 215/45 ZR17 and the rear sized at 265/35 ZR18.

At present, we know that the Exige Sport 380 will be released in the U.K. with no announcement yet as to when and if it will be available for the U.S. market. The 380 is priced starting at £67,900, or around $84,000.

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