2013 Lotus Exige V6 Cup

Having already got the motoring press hot under the collar with production of the road-going Exige S, we are turning up the temperature at this weekend’s Lotus Festival at Brands Hatch with the official launch of a new track-focused model: The Exige V6 Cup.

here are two variants: a Track Day version priced at £62,995* and a full-on Competition-spec car starting at £74,995*.

Performance hits 274km/h, 0-100 in 3.8 seconds, and 346hp kicked out from the 3.5 litre supercharged V6 behind the drivers’ seat. The Exige V6 Cup weighs in at 1080kg, and comes with Lotus Dynamic Performance Management, so you can switch the engine and traction settings between Touring, Sport and Race; Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo tyres; aerodynamically optimized front splitter, rear diffuser and wing; multi-adjustable suspension; and race-ready kit such as a heavy-duty roll cage, 4 or 6-point harnesses, isolator switches, FIA-approved fire extinguisher, tow eyes, removable steering wheel and HANS-compliant race seats.

The first cars will roll off the production line in Hethel in December, with an allocation of 20 cars through to March 2013. In addition to hitting circuits the world over in various track days events, the Exige V6 Cup is intended for new and current Lotus Cup series including Lotus Cup UK, Lotus Cup Europe, Lotus Cup Eastern Europe, Lotus Cup Italy, Lotus Cup Japan, and the Lotus Ladies Cup (Hungary).

There will be a version for the USA which will be on display at Brands Hatch this weekend. The cars can be purchased through Lotus Cars’ dealer network and direct from Lotus Racing. * Prices include VAT @ 20%

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
typeRacing Car
engineToyota 2GR-FE V6
positionTransverse, Mid Engine
valvetrainDOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl w/VVTL-i
fuel feedChain-Driven DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl w/dual VVTi
displacement3456 cc / 210.90 in³
bore94 mm / 3.7 in
stroke83 mm / 3.3 in
power257.3 kw / 345 bhp @ 7000 rpm
specific output99.83 bhp per litre
bhp/weight319.44 bhp per tonne
torque400.0 nm / 295 ft lbs @ 4500 rpm
body / frameGlass Reinforced Composite Body overBonded Aluminum Tub Chassis w/Rear Steel Subframe
driven wheelsRWD
wheel typeFored Alloy
front tiresPirelli P-Zero Corsa
rear tiresPirelli P-Zero Corsa
steeringRack & Pinion
f suspensionUnequal Wishbones w/Bilstein Gas Dampers, Eibach Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspensionUnequal Wishbones w/Bilstein Gas Dampers, Eibach Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight1080 kg / 2381 lbs
transmissionToytoa C64 6-Speed Manual w/Lotus Shifter
gear ratios3.54:1, 1.91:1, 1.41:1, 1.09:1, 0.97:1, 0.86:1
top speed~273.53 kph / 170 mph
0 – 100 kph~3.8 seconds
0 – 200 kph~7.9 seconds