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Lotus Exige Sport 410 Quick Spin Review | An unobtainable gem previews an American future

Lotus should capture this spirit in the next Exige

You can get the measure of a car brand by the environment in which its products are built. The narrow, bumpy, hedge-lined lanes of eastern England explain a lot about the way a Lotus goes. The character of a company's chief speaks to the brand's intentions as well. Jean-Marc Gales has been portrayed unflatteringly as a Eurocrat bean counter, but his approach has been to strip weight and cost out of the product to the benefit of performance on both track and bottom line, defining brand attributes

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Lotus Exige Sport 410 is just over 2,400 pounds of forbidden fruit

It's not road-legal in the U.S.

Few automakers short of Jeep love cranking out new variants of a current model like Lotus. Today, the storied British sports car manufacturer revealed the new Exige Sport 410, essentially a more comfortable and road-friendly version of the track-focused Exige Cup 430. This is a mid-engine coupe with 410 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque and a dry weight that's slightly more than an ND Mazda MX-5 Miata. Too bad it's not-for-U.S. consumption.

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Lotus to add 2 new sports cars by 2020, SUV by 2022

The all-new metal would be the brand's first since 2009.

The all-new metal would be the brand's first since 2009.

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Lotus pumps Exige up to 430 horsepower

The most powerful Exige yet

It has a top speed of 180 mph.

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Lotus pulled 55 pounds out of the Exige and added power to create this Sport 380

The result is the quickest Exige ever.

That is a not-insignificant amount of weight loss.

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Lotus Evora, Exige, and Elise add lightness to Geneva

Lotus shows its latest lightweight models in Geneva by displaying the Evora Sport 410, Exige Sport 350, and Elise Cup 250. This trio could put a smile on any driver's face.

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Lotus introduces Exclusive customization program

Hethel is getting into the personalization business with the launch of its new Lotus Exclusive program, available on new and existing models this year.

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Lotus Exige Sport 350 adds even more lightness

Lotus has trimmed a good 112 pounds off the curb weight of the already featherlike Exige to produce the new Sport 350 model, capable of hitting 60 in 3.7 seconds.

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Lotus reveals Exige 360 Cup, limited to 50 cars

Limited to just 50 cars, Lotus is getting 10 more horsepower out of the Exige for the new 360 Cup. It's also adding lightweight parts for the front access panel and louvered rear to this race-ready coupe.

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Lotus adds lightness to new Exige S Club Racer

The Exige may be 15 years old, but Lotus is here to say it still has some tricks up its sleeve with the introduction of the weight-reduced, aerodynamically optimized new Exige S Club Racer.

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Lotus Evora update coming, new models still on hold

The trials and tribulations at Lotus over the past several years haven't put the company in best financial position, and after the dismissal of Dany Bahar as CEO, the automaker seemed rudderless. Jean-Marc Gales (pictured above) is the new captain at the helm of the Brit

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Lotus Exige S gets automatic transmission option

A vehicle as light and agile as the Lotus Exige is all about driver involvement, but those enticed by the nimble sports car's handling and performance who aren't keen on working a stick shift now have another option at their disposal.

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Lotus rolls out factory delivery program for Elise, Exige and Evora

"We are delighted to open our doors to customers so that they can collect their new car from us direct." – Jean-Marc Gales

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Lotus Exige V6 Cup takes extreme to the extreme

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) a

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Detroit Electric SP:01 electric Lotus project not dead yet

Detroit Electric is still on board to produce the Lotus Exige-based SP:01 electric sports car, which has been John Beltz Snyder

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Lotus honors F1 efforts with limited-edition Exige LF1

Lotus has announced a new, special edition of its hardcore Exige for customers in the UK and Europe. Limited to just 81 units (for the Lotus Formula One team's 81 victories), the new Exige LF1 is the ultimate accessory for fans of the British manufacturer's Formula One efforts.

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Lotus Exige S tears the roof off

Some things just don't make sense. But then we're not sure they really have to. Imagine Porsche took the Cayman, which is essentially the coupe version of the Boxster, and turned it into a convertible. Wouldn't make much sense, would it? Well that's essentially what Lotus did with the creation

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Lotus hiring 100 after securing £100m investment

Lotus is getting a shot in the arm courtesy of corporate parent DRB-Hicom, which has announced a 100-million pound ($152.3M USD at today's rates) investment in the Hethel, UK-based manufacturer. The troubled brand was also in the news last week, with DRB announcing a new, three-year plan<

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