• Feb 14, 2008


Lotus just keeps churning out more variants of the Elise and Exige, but the major difference between those other limited-edition models and the Exige Sport Cup 260, is this is the automaker's ultimate track-day version to date.

Powered by the 257 hp, Toyota-sourced 1.8-liter mill and a Roots-type Eaton M62 supercharger, the 2,046-pound coupe rockets to sixty in four seconds, passes 100 mph in 9.9 seconds an on to a top speed of 147 mph. A heavy-duty clutch sends power to the standard six-speed manual and on down to an LSD, with a plate-type limited slip available as an option. A new instrument pack with a revised graphic design keeps tabs on the blown four, while new aerodynamic bits (producing 40 kgs of downforce at 100 mph) and variable traction and launch control keep things planted at speed.

Standard equipment includes cast 16-inch wheels wrapped in Yokohama A048R tires, four-piston AP Racing calipers up front clamping 282 mm cross-drilled rotors, an adjustable anti-roll bar and dampers, along with FIA-approved Recaro seats, six-point roll-cage and a 70-liter fuel cell.

The price of the Exige Sport Cup 260 is set at £56,034 and it's available now in Europe.

[Source: Lotus]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I think he was referring to Toyota. If anyone thinks a Lotus is bland, check your pulse for activity.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Does anyone else want an Exige with the Honda 2.0 or 2.2 from the S2000, instead of the usual toyota 1.8?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'd really like to have a Porsche 911 997TT motor in there, but this isn't going to happen either.

        Unless I shell out a lot of money ...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wtf, reply button? My previous post was RE: sw @ Feb 14th 2008 5:22PM
      • 6 Years Ago
      because if you own the toyota, you would realize that it's easy to burn through crappy clutches..im on 3 in under 100k...yeah for Q/A!
      • 6 Years Ago
      honda k20a engine please
      • 6 Years Ago

      If this was brought here I'd expect a ~75k sticker, not 112.
      • 6 Years Ago
      bah, I was replying to sw with the above comment, but it put it in the wrong place
      • 6 Years Ago
      does anyone know why toyota stopped using the 1.8L (ex. current XRS models w/ 160hp now)
        • 6 Years Ago
        blandness is a black hole that will consume all the rev-happy engines in your lineup.
          • 6 Years Ago
          Bland? Perhaps if you eat pit vipers alive for breakfast, run across the tundra to kill and a polar bear with your bare hands for lunch, and then jump into the ocean and kill a great white with nothing but grit and determination and eat it for supper. If you can do these things, or it's equivalent then you may call a track version of a lotus a bland ride.
      • 6 Years Ago
      With all the special editions, I'm sure that there's someone with a spare Lotus now. I'll be happy to give it a good home. You could even come buy, and visit it, take it out for a spin, whatever, that would still be cool. I'll even cook you dinner if you'd like.
      • 6 Years Ago
      £56,034 = > 112,000 U$D + it aint cheap!

      Yes, yes, very nice, etc. Check the classifieds used cars. You can pick up a very similar car for VERY little money. Lotus cars depreciate like a stone. And I am a huge fan actually. I love their light weight & nimbleness.

      But if you're asking me to part with that kind of money?!

      There is sooo much on the market right now, ie.

      GTR, ZR1, Z06, Viper, etc...
      • 6 Years Ago
      On another note, does anyone know if this is coming to the US? I'm guessing no since I'm under the impression roll cages aren't street legal here.
      • 6 Years Ago
      they say the lotus elise/exige have good residual values:

      http://finance.yahoo.com/family-home/article/103457/Top-10-New-Cars-for-Future-Value;_ylt=AvtRVFMMOfTjd6QUbHXY3Ye7YWsA

      Also, US pricing is not entirely based on the exchange rate. I'd expect it to be much less than $112,000.

      Lotus keep the pure sports cars coming.
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