Lighter and fasterJean-Marc Gales, CEO of the Lotus Group perfectly summed up the Lotus design philosophy in just three words. Lotus is a benchmark for handling and performance and has added another fine specimen in its reintroduced “Sport” series. Having previously introduced the Lotus Elise Sport and the Elise Sport 220 this time last year; behold, the alluring 2016 Lotus Exige Sport 350 is pure eye candy.
Lotus has made every effort to make the car lightweight, and it shows. Every component has been reengineered to make it lighter, making this beauty nearly 51 kg lighter than the Exige S. This loss in weight aids in making the car faster and easier to handle. It is equipped with a lighter battery, engine mount and centre console. Sound insulation has been optimized and a fin-like tailgate panel lowers the center of gravity.
Elaborating more on the design, the suspension has been upgraded with stronger dampers and altered geometry to improve the handling. The car also comes equipped with four-piston brake calipers, cross-drilled and vented two-piece brake discs and lightweight alloy wheels that are an added option for those who desire a more lightweight version of the Exige Sport.
Coming to the engine and performance, the 2016 Lotus Exige Sport 350 is the most powerful version of the award-winning Exige sports car. It comes packed with a 3.5-litre supercharged V6 engine, which pumps out 345 HP of power and 400 Nm of torque. Although the engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, there is also an option of a 6-speed automatic. With an impeccable power-to-weight ratio, this Brit beast can rack up to 0-60 kmph in just under 2.3 seconds, and boasts a top speed of 274 kmph. Sweet!
The 2016 Lotus Exige Sport 350 is available in a number of colours, so you won’t have to choose a colour that you haven’t got your heart set on. There are several trim options available including Heritage Tartan interiors. The lightweight seats come with red or yellow Tartan upholstery and owners also have the luxury of choosing between leather or Alcantara upholstery, whatever suits your needs.
Absolutely gorgeous, fast and modern in every sense of the word, the Lotus Exige Sport 350 is a knockout, and one heck of a chic magnet. You’ll have to empty your pocket by a whopping Rs. 57 lakhs (excluding taxes) to be a proud owner of this stunner, not to forget it will make for a very interesting import. Going on sale in Europe by February and other regions by March 2016, this one will surely capture your heart and is a no-brainer if you want to woo that one lady you desire!