What separates a road car from a race car? You're looking at it. It's the Lotus Exige V6 Cup, a model based on what is already one of the most hardcore performance machines on the road, albeit upgraded to an even harder-core spec. It's a good 130 pounds lighter than the Exige S (a vehicle which didn't have much flab to trim in the first place) and can hit 60 in under four seconds. With the notably exception of certain versions of the Porsche 911, there aren't a lot of six-cylinder cars that can claim that kind of performance.

In fact, the Exige V6 Cup is so close to race spec that it's already eligible for a number of racing series. Just bolt in the removable FIA-certified roll cage, maybe swap on some slick tires and you're good to go. Then you can drive it home again when you're done, just like in sports car racing's heyday. But don't take our word for it: the team over at XCar took the V6 Cup to the UK's Goodwood circuit to see how it compared to the Exige S it recently drove, and you can view the stirring results in the video below.


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      11fiveoh
      • 5 Months Ago
      "With the notably exception of certain versions of the Porsche 911, there aren't a lot of six-cylinder cars that can claim that kind of performance." Hate to be that guy, but, GTR?
        Jared
        • 5 Months Ago
        @11fiveoh
        First thing that popped in my mind when I read it.
      superchan7
      • 5 Months Ago
      I did NOT know they shoehorned the Evora engine into the Exige. That is crackers and nuts!!
      Kip
      • 5 Months Ago
      Still love seeing this car driving! One small correction though. The standard Elise and Exige did not come with sound deadening by default. If you ordered the premium package, you'd get leather seats, an upgraded stereo, some additional interior carpeting, and sound deadening. At least, that was true in '07.
      edward.stallings
      • 5 Months Ago
      How much does it weigh?
      Andyz
      • 5 Months Ago
      Shame the didn't give it to someone who could drive, that was a few very slow glamour laps. Give it to Jezzer! Seriously though, she you drive a Lotus you understand the meaning of connected...and like nothing else outside of super exotics.
        jase.s
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Andyz
        Clarkson is one of the worst car reviewers out there. Aside from using vague analogies and overly exaggerated reactions, he doesn't really tell you much about a car that you couldn't read from a magazine. What's the point of a video review if you don't get to see the driver truly connecting with the car, as opposed to what a group of writers tell you to say in a voiceover? You complain about this guy not being able to drive...Clarkson is even worse. He has absolutely no racing credentials, has no driving ability (look through all the top gear road challenges, he loses on purpose by doing something irrational or has the Stig drive for him to win-like last nights new episode), and approaches ever with bias. If all you want to see is someone do burnouts and spin a car around a track while yelling, Clarkson would the be the guy to watch. Otherwise watch Tiff Needell or hell, even Tanner Foust is leagues better at doing video car reviews.
      tool0117
      • 5 Months Ago
      Great looks and insane performance. It's not coming to the USA though, right?
      edward.stallings
      • 5 Months Ago
      345 horsepower from a supercharged 3.5-liter V6 engine. Weighing in at 2,380