The Lotus Exige is once of the most focused race cars that you can purchase on the market today, but for those individuals who desire to track the mid-engined racer, Lotus has released its latest no-frills, all-go racecar: the Exige V6 Cup.

The Exige Cup features a supercharged 3.5-liter V6 making 346 horsepower, enabling the 2,380-pound race car to get from zero to 62 mph in just 3.8 seconds. Power is put to the road with the help of Lotus Dynamic Performance Management, which allows for Touring, Sport and Race settings for the engine.

The Exige V6 Cup also features revised aerodynamics in the front fascia and rear diffuser, and it rides on a fully adjustable suspension that reaches the road with special wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo tires.

The race-prepped gear found on the Exige V6 Cup also includes a roll cage, HANS-compatible seats with four-or-six-point safety harnesses, kill switch, FIA-approved fire extinguisher, tow points and a removable steering wheel.

There is a Track Day version, which carries a VAT-inclusive price of £62,995 ($98,855), and a hard-nosed Competition-Spec variant, with a price of £74,995 ($117,686). The first cars will roll out of Lotus' Hethel facility in December of this year, and only 20 examples are scheduled to be built. In addition to the car essentially being ready for various track day events, the race-read Exige is intended for the various Lotus Cup series throughout the world. The U.S. version will be on display at this weekend's Lotus Festival at Brands Hatch.

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Having already got the motoring press hot under the collar with production of the road-going Exige S, we are turning up the temperature at this weekend's Lotus Festival at Brands Hatch with the official launch of a new track-focused model: The Exige V6 Cup.

There are two variants: a Track Day version priced at £62,995* and a full-on Competition-spec car starting at £74,995*.

Performance hits 274km/h, 0-100 in 3.8 seconds, and 346hp kicked out from the 3.5 litre supercharged V6 behind the drivers' seat. The Exige V6 Cup weighs in at 1080kg, and comes with Lotus Dynamic Performance Management, so you can switch the engine and traction settings between Touring, Sport and Race; Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo tyres; aerodynamically optimized front splitter, rear diffuser and wing; multi-adjustable suspension; and race-ready kit such as a heavy-duty roll cage, 4 or 6-point harnesses, isolator switches, FIA-approved fire extinguisher, tow eyes, removable steering wheel and HANS-compliant race seats.

The first cars will roll off the production line in Hethel in December, with an allocation of 20 cars through to March 2013. In addition to hitting circuits the world over in various track days events, the Exige V6 Cup is intended for new and current Lotus Cup series including Lotus Cup UK, Lotus Cup Europe, Lotus Cup Eastern Europe, Lotus Cup Italy, Lotus Cup Japan, and the Lotus Ladies Cup (Hungary).

There will be a version for the USA which will be on display at Brands Hatch this weekend. The cars can be purchased through Lotus Cars' dealer network and direct from Lotus Racing. * Prices include VAT @ 20%


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      true_enthusiast
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd love to see one of these with an LS3. Now that it can fit the 3.5L Toyota V6, I'm sure that 6.2L OHC V8 fits just fine too. That would be cool, although it would probably be really hard to control. The Exige is already tail happy.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Series 1 Elise = 1,598 lb (1.8L 4cyl) Series 2 Elise = 1,896 lb (1.8L 4cyl) Series 2 Exige = 2,016 lb (1.8L 4cyl) Series 2 Exige S = 2,057 lb (Supercharged 1.8L 4cyl) NEW Lotus Exige = 2380 lb (3.5L Supercharged V6) Guess who's becomming a fat pig? The car that was once so full of character for being light and nimble is slowly morphing itself into your average sports car. Given a few years time, it'll be competing with the Mazda MX-5 and the new Toyobaru once they get power bumps across the range. Just for comparison the current MX-5(which is said to finally be getting an engine upgrade soon) weighs in at 2,410 lb. Not far off from the Lotus, cheaper to own, cheaper to upgrade, etc etc.
        ANTFLIES
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Miata is a great reliable fun toy. Does not compare to the Lotus though.
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've said it here before and I'm certain I will say it again. I hate, hate, HATE how this car looks now that's gotten so stretched out.
        Dwight Bynum Jr.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        Um... did you seriously just say it looks "identical" to the Hennessey Venom GT?! Do you realize the Exige is about TWO FEET SHORTER and SIX INCHES SKINNIER than the Hennessey Venom GT?!
          ANTFLIES
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dwight Bynum Jr.
          Front one piece grill is kind of ugly. I prefer the 2 pieces off the S2 Exige. The rear bumper is also kind of lame. Overall, if the S3 was offered street legal in U.S., I would sell my S2 and get the S3.
        graphikzking
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        I think it looks identical to the Hennessey Venom. I realize Hennessey started with a Lotus, but still they look extremely similar even though Hennessey claims he did sooo much work. Hell all he did was make it a bit larger to incorporate an American V8 with turbos and basically charged another 1.1 million dollars for it. Pretty nuts if you ask me. I think this car is a monster in it's current 345hp / 2380 lbs. I have an MR2 spyder with 150whp and 2110 lbs and it's a lot of fun. I can only imagine another 143whp.
      • 2 Years Ago
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