Die neue Lotus Exige Cup 430

Leichter, stärker, teurer – und unbegrenzt. Das ist die Kurzfassung der neuen Lotus Exige Cup 430. Das neue Sondermodell aus der britischen Autoschmiede folgt ganz und gar dem Motto des Firmengründers Colin Chapman: „Simplify, then add lightness“. So wurde gegenüber dem Vorgängermodell, der 380, 12 Kilo Gewicht eingespart. Dafür wurde die Front komplett aus Carbon gebaut, der Wagen wiegt somit nur noch 1.056 kg.

Der 3,5-Liter V6-Motor, der auf dem Motor des Evora GT 430 basiert, leistet im Vergleich zur 380 430 PS statt 380 PS, woraus sich auch die Namensgebung ableitet. Dafür wurden Kompressor (von Edelbrock) und Ladeluftkühler vergrößert, was ein Leistungsgewicht von 2,5 Kilo/PS ergibt. Auf der Straße beschleunigt die Maschine dann in 3,3 Sekunden auf 100 km/h.

Damit der Wagen seine Kraft ohne Abstriche auf die Straße übertragen kann wurde ein dreifach einstellbares Gewindefahrwerk von Nitron eingebaut. Auf die geschmiedeten Leichtmetallfelgen wurde ein Satz Michelin Typ Cup2 Semislicks aufgezogen. Für Aerodynamik sorgen ein größerer Heckspoiler, ein Splitter sowie Flaps an der Frontschürze. Zum Bremsen stehen zweiteilige Bremsscheiben bereit.

Im Innenraum dominieren Carbon-Zierleisten. Fahrer und Beifahrer sitzen auf handgefertigten Sportsitzen mit Carboneinfassung und Alcantara-Bezügen – mit 6 Kilo pro Stück echte Leichtgewichte.

Der Preis: Die Lotus Exige Cup 430 kostet 127.500 Euro und damit 17.500 Euro mehr als die Vorgängerin Exige 380. Und während letztere von Lotus auf 90 Exemplare limitiert war, gibt es bei der 430 keine Produktionsgrenze. Die ersten Exemplare werden Ende Dezember an britische Kunden ausgeliefert.

Exige Cup 430 – Technical Specification

PERFORMANCE Exige Cup 430
Max power 430 hp at 7,000 rpm (436 PS)
Max torque 325 lbft from 4,000 rpm to 6,800 rpm (440 Nm)
0-60 mph 3.2 seconds
0-100 km/h 3.3 seconds
Max speed 180 mph (290 km/h)
CO2 emissions 242 g/km (TBC)
Unladen mass 1,093 kg
Dry mass 1,059 kg
Lightest possible dry mass 1,056 kg
Power-to-weight ratio (dry mass) 407 hp per tonne
Aerodynamic downforce at maximum speed 220 kg

Front: 100 kg; Rear: 120 kg

Hethel lap time 1:24.8 seconds

 

 

Engine AND Transmission
3.5 litre V6, 24-valve, water cooled, all aluminium engine, with Edelbrock supercharger and charger cooler
6-speed manual transmission, with gearbox cooler, coupled to Lotus’ precision shift aluminium mechanism
Lightweight, single-mass, low inertia fly wheel and 240 mm diameter clutch
Baffled sump
Titanium exhaust system
CHASSIS AND BODY
Anodised, lightweight aluminium, extruded, epoxy bonded and riveted high-stiffness chassis
Servo assisted, race-derived, lightweight two-piece J-hook ventilated brake discs (front 332 mm x 32 mm, rear 332 mm x 26 mm) and AP Racing four piston calipers
Unequal length, lightweight steel double wishbone suspension (front)

Unequal length, lightweight forged aluminium, double wishbone suspension (rear)

Adjustable Eibach® tubular front and rear anti-roll bars

Lotus-tuned, Nitron three-way dampers, adjustable for rebound (24 click adjustment settings) and low speed compression (24 click adjustment settings) and high speed compression (16 click adjustment settings) and Nitron springs
Driver selectable ESP modes – Drive/Sport/Race/Off
6 position variable traction control, with five pre-set traction levels (1%, 3%, 6%, 9%, 12% slip) and “off” displayed via the instrument cluster
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Lightweight lithium-ion battery

 

EXTERIOR SPECIFICATION
Lightweight front clam including wheel arch louvers, drag-reducing air curtain and carbon fibre splitter with rubber lower lip
Lightweight rear clam including venting for wheel arches
Lightweight aluminium rear diffuser
Carbon fibre front access panel
Carbon fibre roof panel
Carbon fibre rear diffuser surround
Lightweight carbon fibre tailgate with full width straight profiled rear wing
Polycarbonate backlight
Brake calipers – red painted with black AP Racing logo
Lotus designed, ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels (17″ front and 18″ rear 10 spoke alloy wheels) in silver, black or red.
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (front 215/45 R17, rear 285/30 R18)
Mud flaps
Rear wing uprights linked to wheel colour choice
LED daytime running lights
Rear parking sensors
ECE R116 approved immobiliser and remote activated alarm system

 

 

 

INTERIOR SPECIFICATION
2 seat configuration
Carbon fibre sports seats, trimmed in black Alcantara® and new design perforated leather with contrast twin stitching
Centre console and door panels trimmed in a combination of black Alcantara® and perforated leather, with contrast twin stitching
Carbon fibre binnacle top
Interior Colour Pack including HVAC console, gearshift top trim, bucket seat eyelets, window lift switch bezels
Lotus developed steering wheel trimmed in black Alcantara®
Carbon fibre door sill covers

 

OPTIONS: INTERIOR AND TRIM UK RETAIL PRICE DE RETAIL PRICE
Full Carpets £350 € 490
Floor Mats £100 € 140

 

OPTIONS: EXTERIOR AND BODY UK RETAIL PRICE DE RETAIL PRICE
Lotus designed, ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels in black (linked to wing uprights) NCO NCO
Lotus designed, ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels in silver (linked to wing uprights) NCO NCO
Lotus designed, ultra-lightweight, fully machined, forged aluminium wheels in red (linked to wing uprights) NCO NCO

 

OPTIONS: COMFORT AND COMMUNICATION UK RETAIL PRICE DE RETAIL PRICE
Air Conditioning £1,250 € 1,650
Stereo plus two front speakers £400 € 560
Sound Insulation £500 € 700
Cruise Control £110 € 150

 


 

OPTIONS: LIGHTWEIGHT AND PERFORMANCE UK RETAIL PRICE DE RETAIL PRICE
Airbag deletion (including Alcantara non airbag steering wheel) and A-frame for fitment of 4 point harness (available via Lotus Aftersales post registration) £2,600 €3,500
Fire Extinguisher £1,300 € 1,750
Battery Isolator £1,300 € 1,750
Standard battery NCO NCO

 

PAINT OPTIONS UK RETAIL PRICE DE RETAIL PRICE
Signature Paint £900 € 1,250
Metallic Paint £900 € 1,250

 

LOTUS EXCLUSIVE OPTIONS UK RETAIL PRICE DE RETAIL PRICE
Exclusive Paint: Alternative metallic colours £2,150 € 2,910
Exclusive Paint: Alternative pearlescent colours £3,000 € 4,200
Exclusive Paint: Custom Colour choice POA POA
Exclusive Leather: Alternative colour £2,250 € 3,000
Exclusive Stitch Alternative colour £300 € 400
     
The above options represent just a sample of what is available through Lotus Exclusive. Further information on the Lotus Exclusive programme, including a comprehensive list of the available customisation options can be found at:       www.lotuscars.com/exclusive

 

MARKET RETAIL PRICE
UK £99,800 (incl. VAT at 20%)
Germany €127,500 (incl. VAT at 19%)
France €128,600 (incl. VAT at 20%)
Italy €133,160 (incl. VAT at 22% and transport)