Lotus’ newest model to expand the Exige range had been introduced as the Sport 410, which is going to be positioned between the 350 and the Cup 430. It actually gets some of its features from the latter - from the engine and suspension to its aerodynamics.
What powers the Exige Sport 410 would be the Cup 430’s supercharged 3.5 liter V6 engine, calibrated for it to have a total output of 410 hp (416 PS) and 310 pound feet of torque (420 Newton metres). The 410 also receives the oil cooler and larger clutch from the Cup 430. The engine is mated to a six speed close ration manual transmission that is standard, together with the exposed gear change linkage. The Sport hits 60 miles per hour in only 3.3 seconds, while continuing to the Cup 430’s top speed of 180 miles per hour, in the coupe configuration.
Sport 410 now uses the Cup 430’s chassis, suspension and dampers to the Sport 410. The three way adjustable Nitron dampers had been tuned for the road to meet the car’s aerodynamic demands. Anti-roll bars up front and in the rear are standard too.
The 410 will also be getting a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires that wrap around ultra lightweight forged alloy wheels in either silver or black. There are also AP Racing forged, four piston calipers and two piece J-hook brake discs to help with stopping power.
To help with the diet, Lotus added a full exhaust system in titanium, taking out 10 kilos (22 lbs), so the Exige Sport 410 weighs a total of 2,324 lbs (1,054 kg). Lotus offers a host of visible carbon fiber components like sill covers, roof, instrument binnacle, and barge boards.
Sport 410 is a road going car but Lotus also offers it with several motorsport inspired options like electrical cut-off switch, airbag deletion, and fire extinguisher controls, and a four point harness. This model also produces 330 pounds of downforce (150 kilograms).
In the cabin is an Alcantara steering wheel, and Lotus carbon fiber sports seats that can be had in either Alcantara and leather, or full leather trim with contrasting stitching. Of course, there is also an Interior Colour Package that provides contrasting colours on the HVAC surround, electric window bezels, and transmission console. Options include air conditioning as well as iPod and Bluetooth functionality.
Meanwhile, among the exterior highlights are the wider grille and the revised aerodynamic bits. This design then is carried over on to the entry level Sport 350 model. Unfortunately, the Lotus Exige Sport 410 will not be sold in the United States.