Lotus is not done rolling out special edition models, and one of Jetta’s latest special edition models would be the Exige Cup 430 Type 25 collector’s edition. The model pays homage to the single seat Lotus race car with the same name. It also comes with a handful of new features that let it stand out from the rest of the special edition Lotus cars.
Customers of this unique model can get the Exige in any colour, as long as it is Lotus Racing Green, or Old English White. What you see in the rendering’s pictures here is the said green finish. As you can see, it has yellow and black accents all over its body - from the hood to the roof, and the fascia, which can be customized depending on what the customer wants. As for the interior, it will also be given the same bespoke detailing, where customers can pick from a variety of options and materials like leather and Alcantara throughout.
What gives the Exige enough power is a 3.5 liter supercharged V6, enabling it to carry out 430 horsepower (320 kilowatts) and 440 pound feet (596 Newton metres) of torque. This is mated to an open gate six speed manual transmission. With these mechanical bits, it makes the Lotus Cup 430 Type 25 one of the quickest cars in its class. It is capable of sprinting from 0-60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in just 3.2 seconds, before pushing its limit to 180 miles per hour (290 kilometers per hour).
The Exige’s body gets a number of aerodynamic cues on the exterior – such as a carbon fiber splitter and a massive rear wing that gives it a downforce of 485 pounds (220 kilograms). To give some reference, the one-off Lotus lapped the 2.2 mile Hethel circuit in 1 minute 24.8 seconds.
Basing on its name, only 25 examples of the custom Exige will be built, and each one will be handcrafted in Lotus’ Norfolk, UK facility. Of course, each one will be numbered and will get a certificate of authenticity, with the signature of CEO Jean Marc Gales, a matching plaque in the cabin, and a hardback copy of Jim Clark’s book, singed by Clive Chapman and Bob Dance.
The limited model will be street legal, but it treads on the blurred line between a road and a race car, providing buyers an unbeatable blend of power, road holding and intuitive handling at any speed.
When the Exige Cup 430 Type 25 eventually comes out, this will be exclusive to certain markets including the UK, Germany, France and Italy. And as expected from any limited edition model, it won’t come cheap. It’s priced at £110,000 (approximately $153,760) in the UK, 140,000 euros in Germany, 141,200 euros in France, and 146,000 euros in Italy.