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Lotus CEO Says Its New Generation Of Sports Cars Will Be Very Different From Today’s Models 10
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, Lotus, Lotus Elise, Lotus Exige, Reports on 11 10th, 2017


Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales has revealed the company will present a new 10-year plan in 2018.

Speaking with Top Gear, Gales said the plan will include some pretty drastic changes including embracing electrification. The executive went on to say company needs to “adapt to changing homologation laws” and stated the “sports cars we show in the next three years will be different to the ones we’re building now.”

The company’s plan will reportedly kick off in 2020 when Lotus unveils an all-new vehicle. Little is known about the car but Gales confirmed they will be looking into Geely’s parts bin to see if there are any suitable components they can use on their vehicles.

Despite the push for new models, the executive said the company will continue building the Elise and Exige for as “long as we’re allowed to make them.” However, he doesn’t intend to do this indefinitely as Gales told the publication “we do not want to become a Caterham and build the same car for 30 years.”

One the biggest changes will be the introduction of the company’s first crossover. Gales wasn’t ready to talk specifics but confirmed the model will be lower, wider, and lighter than anything else on the market.

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Lotus Exige Cup 430 Is Here To Show Us What Extreme Truly Means 9
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Lotus, Lotus Exige, new cars on 11 9th, 2017


It’s hard to imagine an even more hardcore driving machine than the regular Lotus Exige, though every time we think that, Lotus goes and releases something like this.

Enter the new Exige Cup 430, which supplants the existing Cup 380 at the top of the range.

To make the Cup 430, Lotus has fitted the engine from the Evora GT430, a 3.5-liter supercharged V6 rated at (you guessed it) 430 horsepower, backed by 325 lb-ft (440 Nm) of torque, all channeled to the rear wheels through an open-gate, six-speed manual transmission.

The new Cup 430 is more than just an engine-shoehorn job, though. Lotus has tuned the powertrain specifically for the lighter Exige, fitted more aggressive aero, and (true to founder Colin Chapman’s ethos) made it lighter, too.

In fact, properly specified (without the airbag), the Exige Cup 430 can weigh as little as 2,328 pounds (1,055 kg). With such a power-to-weight ratio, Lotus says its latest model will hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.2 seconds and top out at 180 miles per hour (289 km/h). This despite the 485 pounds (220 kg) of downforce the 430’s new aero package is capable of generating, shifted more towards the front for sharper turn-in – all of which helps in the corners, but creates more drag in a straight line.

The best indicator of the new Cup 430’s capabilities, in the end, may very well be its lap time. Lotus says the ultimate Exige will round its legendary Hethel test track in just 1 minute and 24.8 seconds, making it the fastest production car ever to lap the circuit. That’s 1.2 seconds faster than the hardcore 3-Eleven.

Unfortunately, with federal regulations having long since outpaced the Exige’s development, US customers won’t be able to drive the Cup 430 on American roads (though they may be able to buy it for track duty). The order books are open now in Europe, though, with a £99,800 sticker price in the UK, €127,500 in Germany, and €128,600 in France.

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Jerry Seinfeld’s Name Still Sells, As His Lotus Exige Fetches $90,400 6
Jun
Posted by Brad Anderson in auction, celebrities, Galleries, Lotus, Lotus Exige, used cars on 06 6th, 2017


A 2009 Lotus Exige S260 Sport formerly owned by Jerry Seinfeld has sold for a remarkable $90,400 at an auction in the U.S.
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Jerry Seinfeld Parting Ways With Green Lotus Exige 19
May
Posted by Brad Anderson in auction, celebrities, Galleries, Lotus, Lotus Exige, used cars on 05 19th, 2017


Jerry Seinfeld parted ways with no less than 16 of his beloved Porsches last year and now another sports car once owned by the comic will be offered for auction on May 27 in Midland, Texas.
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New Lotus Exige Cup 380 Is For Those Who Think A GT3 RS Is Too Civilized 20
Apr
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Lotus, Lotus Exige, new cars, prices on 04 20th, 2017


Lotus added another version to the Exige lineup with the introduction of the limited Cup 380, the most hardcore road-legal variant of the Exige platform yet.
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New Track-Only Lotus Exige Race 380 Looks Built To Win 12
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Lotus, Lotus Exige, new cars, racing, UK on 01 12th, 2017


The new Lotus Exige Race 380 is the track-only sibling of the recently launched Sport 380 and one of the fastest race cars the British company has offered so far.
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Lotus Reports First Operating Profit Since 1970s 24
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Lotus, Lotus Elise, Lotus Evora, Lotus Exige, Reports on 11 24th, 2016


Lotus is on track to deliver its first annual operating profit since the 1970s following a profitable August thanks in part to the Evora 400’s recent sales successes in the U.S.
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Lotus Reports First Operating Profit Since 1970s 24
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Lotus, Lotus Elise, Lotus Evora, Lotus Exige, Reports on 11 24th, 2016


Lotus is on track to deliver its first annual operating profit since the 1970s following a profitable August thanks in part to the Evora 400’s recent sales successes in the U.S.
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Lotus Reports First Operating Profit Since 1970s 24
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Lotus, Lotus Elise, Lotus Evora, Lotus Exige, Reports on 11 24th, 2016


Lotus is on track to deliver its first annual operating profit since the 1970s following a profitable August thanks in part to the Evora 400’s recent sales successes in the U.S.
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Lotus Reports First Operating Profit Since 1970s 24
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Lotus, Lotus Elise, Lotus Evora, Lotus Exige, Reports on 11 24th, 2016


Lotus is on track to deliver its first annual operating profit since the 1970s following a profitable August thanks in part to the Evora 400’s recent sales successes in the U.S.
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Lotus Reveals Fastest Exige Ever: Meet The New Sport 380 23
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Lotus, Lotus Exige, new cars, UK on 11 23rd, 2016


The new Lotus Exige Sport 380 represents the lightest, most aggressive version of the British mid-engined sports car to date.
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Forget Reason And Buy This Ferrari-Powered Lotus Exige 18
Nov
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in Ferrari, Lotus, Lotus Exige, used cars on 11 18th, 2016


Let’s face it, we all appreciate a crazy build, and it doesn’t get crazier than this 1999 Lotus Exige.
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New Lotus Exige 350 Special Edition Is The Track Car You’ve Been Waiting For 4
Oct
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in Lotus, Lotus Exige, new cars on 10 4th, 2016


If you think the Louts Elise is a lightweight, diver-focused package, then you should see what the Exige Sport 350 has to offer, or better yet, the 350 Special Edition.
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Would You Go For Lotus’ Elise Cup 250 Or Exige Sport 350? 2
Mar
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Geneva Motor Show, Lotus, Lotus Elise, Lotus Exige, new cars on 03 2nd, 2016


Lotus celebrated the public premiere of the Elise Cup 250 and Exige Sport 350 at the 86th Geneva Motor Show.
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Lotus Update: Evora 400 Roadster Due This Year, 2019 Elise Will Be More Practical 10
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Lotus, Lotus Elise, Lotus Evora, Lotus Exige, Reports on 01 10th, 2016


The replacement of the Elise is still a few years away, but there are already info dripping on the web.
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