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Lotus introduced the fast 430 HP 430 coupe Exige Cup

Lotus Exige Cup 430 Lotus introduced the fast 430 HP 430 coupe Exige Cup
Sherri Watson | 10 November, 2017, 18:23

There are 430 reasons making this all good news, even taking into account that the Exige Cup 430 won't be able to get a plate in America until 2042. As a result, the Exige Cup 430 is 6.8kg lighter than any other in the range and has a power-to-weight ratio of 401bhp per tonne.

Jean-Marc Gales says the Cup 430, "continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in terms of performance, agility, aerodynamics and rapid covering of a production car", going on to call it a "ground-breaking car" for Lotus. Put simply, this is the most extreme Exige yet.

It boasts 55 more horsepower than its predecessor, delivering 430 hp at 7,000 rpm and 325 lb-ft of torque from 4000 rpm.

Once upon a time there was the humble 350hp Lotus Exige Cup, a vehicle unsurprisingly very well received on PistonHeads. Spec the vehicle with further weight-saving options, and that figure goes down to 1,056 kg.

Despite the larger engine and the addition of a rear wing, weight is kept down with the introduction of "ultra-lightweight" front and rear bodywork, featuring carbon-fibre air intakes.

"This auto has no rivals - inside or outside of its price bracket - and it's no exaggeration when we say that nothing can keep up with this Exige on the road or track".

Thankfully, among the car's standard features are a roll cage, harness-style seatbelts and fixed towing hooks front and rear for those moments when exuberance takes over and the vehicle leaves the track. They even did a lap of the Hethel Circuit - and the Exige 430 turned out a time of 1 minutes 24.8 seconds, which is not only a production auto record for the historic track, but also 1.2 seconds better than the purpose-built Lotus 3-Eleven. Unlike the Cup 380 which was limited to 60 models, the Cup 430 is a full production model.

While road-legal in Europe and Asia, the Exige Cup 430 is a track vehicle at heart, featuring such essentials as Eibach's adjustable anti-roll bars, Nitron's springs and three-way adjustable dampers ( with 24 click adjustment settings for rebound, 24 for low speed compression, and 16 for high speed compression). Prices start at 99,800 GBP ($130,967) but no word on U.S. availability.