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Lotus introduced the fast 430 HP 430 coupe Exige Cup

Lotus introduced the fast 430 HP 430 coupe Exige Cup 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.