Lotus Exige Cup 430 arrives - and it costs £100k

Isaac Cain
November 12, 2017

That's 63kW/40Nm more than the Exige 350, and it even weighs 32kg less at just 1093kg. The novelty has received the name of the Cup 430 and took the family seat track modification Cup 380, published edition of 60 cars.

This means the 1,056kg machine develops 424bhp and 440Nm of torque from the 3.5-litre V6 engine, taking it from 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds and up to a top speed of 180mph.

At just a shade under £E100k (£99,800) the Exige Cup 430 is nearly £17k more than the Exige Cup 380 was when it arrived previous year.

"There isn't another vehicle on sale that can match the new Exige Cup 430".

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Despite the more powerful engine and the addition of a rear wing, weight is kept down with the introduction of "ultra-lightweight" front and rear clam bodywork, featuring carbon-fibre air intakes. Also, the vehicle is equipped with 17-inch wheels in front and 18-inch rear. As a result, the hardcore Exige has a power-to-weight ratio of 407 hp/tonne. Lotus says that the Cup 430 UE already lapped its Hethel test track in one minute 24.8 seconds; that's faster than any other road vehicle Lotus has put around the track, even beating out the hardcore 3-Eleven by 1.2 seconds.

Like its predecessor, the novelty is equipped with 3.5-liter "six" Toyota with a mechanical supercharger and a six-speed manual transmission.

Handling-wise, the Exige Cup 430 has things covered thanks to tricks such as a revised steering arm geometry, new Nitron three-way adjustable dampers, and Eibach adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars.

The Exige Cup 430 won't be as limited as the other special editions before it, and can be ordered now with an asking price of £99,800 in the United Kingdom, €127,500 in Germany, and €128,600 in France. Contact with the tarmac is ensured by the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires (215/45 ZR17 front and 285/30 ZR18 rear) that wrap the ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels.

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