2017 Lotus Exige Sport 380

It is lightest, most powerful and fastest Exige ever to run on
the face of mother earth. Lotus is a company on an upward
trajectory as the automaker has for the first time in over 4
decades made an operating profit.  If you fell in love
with the Exige Sport 350, then the Sport 380 will blow your
mind away. In its entirety, the 2017 Lotus Exige Sport 380 is
an evolved version of the Exige Sport 350. It is the most
aggressive Exige yet. Lotus has carefully made the right tweaks
on the Sport 350 to create this awesome Sport 380 roadster.
Read along to find out more about the Sport 380:

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2017 Lotus Exige Sport 380 Exterior

Lotus has made numerous exterior changes for the Sport 380 to
make it more aggressive and aerodynamic. The changes include
addition of small dive planes on its front bumper as well as a
new rear wing. Other improvements include addition of a carbon
fiber air defector.

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Compared to the Exige Sport 350, the Sport 380 has lost a
significant amount of weight. This is due to extensive use of
lightweight materials on its structure, body panels and other
parts. Some of the areas where weight was saved include the
rear window where glass was replaced with polycarbonate,
carbon-fiber racing seats, two-piece rotors and lightweight
forged wheels. Considering the Sport 350 is already a light
car, Lotus did an excellent job to save 58 pounds.

In addition, one can reduce more weight by opting for a
titanium exhaust system. With the addition of the lightweight
exhaust system, the Exige Sport 380 weighs only 2,425 pounds.
The Exige Sport 380 is available in 10 exterior color choices.
In addition, it has blackened headlights surrounds as well as
two-lamp clusters.

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2017 Lotus Exige Sport 380 Interior

On the inside, its carbon seats are upholstered in Alcantara as
standard but there is an option for leather or tartan. All
options come with an attractive contrast stitching. Its shifter
linkage is exposed which is another of the automaker’s endeavor
to save weight. There is an interior Color Pack that adds HVAC
surround, electric window bezels, and carbon seat eyelets.
There is also an option for carbon-fiber door sills. 
Lotus has also hooked up the model with Bluetooth connectivity
making it the first Exige ever to feature Bluetooth
connectivity.

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Engine and performance

As the name hints, the Exige Sport 380 is hooked up with an
engine that produces 375 hp (380 ps) and 302 lb-ft of
torque.  This is courtesy of a tweaked up version of the
same Toyota-sourced 3.5 L, supercharged V-6 mill. This is a
huge power improvement from 345 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque that
the engine produces on the Exige Sport 350.

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This power propels the model to accelerate from standstill to
60 mph in an impressive 3.5 seconds, 0.2 seconds better than
the Sport 350. The engine can be paired to either a 6-speed
manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The manual
can reach a top speed of 178 mph while models with the
automatic transmission can only manage to reach 170 mph.

Stopping power comes from AP Racing 4-piston brake calipers
that combine well with grooved performance disks and Michelin
Pilot Sporty Cup 2 tires.

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Price and release date

Sadly, Lotus is not bringing the Exige Sport 380 roadster to
the states. However, I understand there are plans for a coupe
version of the Exige 380 that will be available for US
buyers.  I understand that the reason for overlooking the
U.S.A. is because the model is not street legal in the country.
The automaker is already accepting orders for the 2017 Exige
Sport 380.

Models with a manual gearbox will go on sale first in early
2017 while models with an automatic transmission will be
released in the spring of 2017. In the UK, the model has an
MSRP of £67,900 equivalent to $84,576. This is a whole £11,000
increase from the current price of the Exige Sport 350.

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Competition

Top rivals of the 2017 Lotus Exige Sport 380 are the Porsche
Cayman S and BMW
M4.