Extreme Lotus Exige Cup 430 boasts supercar performance

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Lotus continues to roll out the special editions. Combined with the power buff, the power-to-weight ratio now sits at 407 hp/ton (only 355 hp/ton for the Cup 380). Instead they are touting "the most extreme Exige ever conceived" in the form of the newly developed limited edition Exige Cup 430. You've probably figured out by now what the 430 stands for, but you should also know it reaches its peak power at a juicy 7,000 rpm and also develops 325 lb-ft (440 Nm) of torque from 4,000 rpm.

The Exige Cup 430 is the maddest Exige yet to come from Hethel, and it takes the 430bhp 3.5 litre supercharged V6 from the Evora GT430 Sport and moves the Exige on from last year's Exige Cup 380.

Like its predecessor, the novelty is equipped with 3.5-liter "six" Toyota with a mechanical supercharger and a six-speed manual transmission. With its dramatic new body kit equipped, which includes a new front splitter, front louvers, and a massive rear wing, just to name a few, the Exige 430 produces 485 pounds (220 kilograms) of downforce at speed. Its lightweight design and construction has also made it 12kg lighter than the 380. Thanks to these two factors plus the extra power, the 430 is fastest production auto to ever lap the Hethel test track.

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Lotus chief executive Jean-Marc Gales said: "This is the auto that we have always wanted to build, and I am sure that all Lotus enthusiasts will be delighted with the end product".

Speaking of prices, the Exige Cup 430 costs £99,800 in the UK (VAT included), €127,500 in Germany, and €128,600 in France.

Given that in its lightest possible cofiguration the Cup 430 weighs just 1056kg, that's a power-to-weight ratio of very almost 300kW / ton - which has necessitated a new oil cooler configuration and an uprated 240mm clutch, 12mm larger in diameter. Unfortunately for American buyers, this custom Exige won't be available in the U.S.

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