2017 Lotus Exige Cup 380 First Look

2017 Lotus Exige Cup 380 First Look

The Exige Cup 380, announced in a press release Thursday, is a limited-production sports car that comes in even lighter than the 2,447-pound Exige Sport 380 announced in November 2016.

Only 60 Cup 380s will be built, and each one will be able to launch from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.4 seconds– the Sport 380 is rated at 3.5 seconds, according to Lotus. The car weighs in dry at 2330 pounds and tops out at 175 mph, the press release said.

The new sports car comes standard with ultra-grippy Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and has reworked lightweight body parts that help increase downforce 43 percent from the Sport 380 model, according to Lotus.

2017 Lotus Exige Cup 380 Exterior and Interior

Based on the already remarkable Exige Sport 380, the Exige Cup 380 has been thoroughly modified to produce a harder, more focused car. As you ‘d expect from Lotus, the Exige’s weight is staggeringly low. Weighing in at just 2,330 pounds, the Exige Cup 380 weighs just 250 pounds more than the last-generation Lotus Elise and 2,118 pounds less than a Dodge Challenger Hellcat.

The decrease in weight comes from a significant diet and the addition of a ton of hand-laid carbon-fiber pieces, including the front splitter, front access panel, barge boards, roof, diffuser surround, side intake pods, one-piece tailgate, rear wing, race seats, door sills, door panels, HVAC controls, and face-level vents.

The race seats are made of the lightweight composite, as are the doorsills and optional door panels and trim pieces. A steel roll bar is standard, as are front and rear tow hooks.

2017 Lotus Exige Cup 380 First Look

2017 Lotus Exige Cup 380 Under the Hood

The Exige Cup 380 is powered by a 3.5-liter supercharged V6 that sends 375 horsepower to the rear wheels through a close-ratio six-speed manual gearbox. No paddle shifts here, thank you very much. Like most track-focused cars, the Lotus allows you to turn off electronic stability control entirely while keeping traction control engaged, with a knob to adjust TC sensitivity from one to 12 percent rear wheel slip.

2017 Lotus Exige Cup 380 First Look

2017 Lotus Exige Cup 380 Prices and Available

Only 60 examples of the Exige Cup 380 will be built, and none of them will be coming to the US. If you want to pick one up, expect to spend about ₤ 83,000, or $106,456 in Freedom Bucks.