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Lotus Exige Sport 410
The Lotus Exige Sport 410 replaced the Sport 380 in August 2018 just as Chinese automotive giant Geely were completing their purchase of Lotus Cars. The difference was a significant step forward in terms of specification, particularly the engine and suspension. The car was effectively the full fat 430 Cup with suspension adjusted for the road. Universally praised by motoring journalists, particularly for its handling and manners on the road thanks to the adjustments to the suspension.
“Its damping (helped by three-way adjustable Nitron dampers) is nothing short of delicious”
“With just a few clicks of those dampers, you could, of course, set your Sport 410 to ride and handle in precisely the same manner as a Cup 430, and it’s that versatility that perhaps makes the less expensive car [Sport 410] the more appealing proposition”
The introduction of the ‘S’ model in 2013 with the V6 Toyota engine to replace the supercharged four pot was a step change for the Exige. Together with a Bosch traction control system that learns grip levels as you push the car, Chris Harris described it as an equal to the contemporary Porsche 911 GT3, high praise indeed for a considerably cheaper car.
Photo credit: Group Lotus Plc
Lotus Exige Sport 410 in numbers
The details at launch in August 2018 from the Lotus Cars website were as follows:
|Max. power||410 hp at 7000 rpm (416 PS) (305 kW)|
|Max. torque||310 lbft from 3,500 rpm (420 Nm)|
|0-60 mph||3.3 seconds|
|0-100 km/h||3.4 seconds|
|Max. speed||180 mph (290 km/h)|
|Power to weight ratio||389 hp/tonne (384 PS/1000kg)|
|Max. aerodynamic downforce||150 kg|
|Kerb weight||1108 kg|
|Dry weight||1054 kg|