Lotus is well known for making great sports cars and in the recent years, they started to make better cars than ever. Their latest model is the 2016 Lotus Exige Sport 350 which has been released a couple of months ago, and it is already available for sale. Just like its name suggests, the car is using the same platform as the previous Exige model. This means it is a full aluminum built chassis which is then wrapped in a composite body, made mostly out of carbon reinforced plastic.
Thanks to this, it manages to keep its weight low at slightly over 2,200 pounds which may seem like a bit too much for a Lotus, but it is in fact very impressive considering how much power the car has. On top of the new engine, the Exige 350 comes with a slightly different aerodynamic package as well as a brand new look. The interior is just as minimalistic as it always was but it now comes with a few more options available which should make it a better deal.
2016 Lotus Exige Sport 350 Specs
Under the rear deck-lid the car rocks a 3.5-liter aluminum V6, which has been provided by Toyota. To squeeze a bit more power, the engine is supercharged with a Harrop HTV 1320 unit which boosts the output of the engine to a rather impressive 345 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The good part is that most of that torque comes from as low as 2,000 rpm, and it builds up to the red-line. The official performance numbers say that the Exige will get to 60 MPH in just 3.7 seconds, and it will hit 162 MPH which is limited by its close-ration gearbox. The car is also quite good regarding fuel efficiency thanks to its low curb weight, meaning it will do around 30 MPG on average. Over the base model, the 350 can also be had with AP-racing four-piston brake calipers, high-performance brake discs as well as lighter cast alloy wheels.
Lotus Exige Sport 350 Interior
The interior is nearly identical to that of the Elise, but the 2016 Lotus Exige Sport 350 comes with a few more options. Firstly, there are three different styles of upholstery which also include different types of seats. The newest of them all is the Tartan-trim, which comes with new Recaro seats as well as new door covers and a better Clarion audio system with iPod and Bluetooth capabilities.
On the outside, the car is very similar to its sibling, the Elise. However, the front end has been redesigned with a larger air intake, new headlights, and a new hood while at the back is gets a new exhaust as well as a larger diffuser.