Lotus Exige Cup 430 revealed with 430 hp, 440 Nm

Lotus Exige Cup 430 revealed with 430 hp, 440 Nm

If you thought Lotus was done improving the Exige, you’re sadly mistaken. This is the new Exige 430 Cup: Unlimited Edition, which the Hethel-based company says is the “most extreme Exige ever conceived.”

The 3.5 litre V6 receives a new Edelbrock supercharger and charger cooler, and together, output is increased to 430 hp at 7,000 rpm and 440 Nm of torque at 4,000 to 6,800 rpm.

Compared to the previous “bestest” Exige – the Cup 380 – the new model makes 15%, or 55 hp and 30 Nm, more power. A six-speed manual transmission is mated to the V6, which features a larger 240-mm diameter clutch (up 12 mm compared to the Cup 380) to cope with the additional power.

From a standstill, the Cup 430 will sprint to 100 km/h in just 3.3 seconds, and can continue accelerating to a top speed of 290 km/h. As is the case with Lotus, the new car is lighter than the one it succeeds, shedding 12 kg for an overall dry weight of 1,059 kg. Spec the car with further weight-saving options, and that figure goes down to 1,056 kg.

Unsurprisingly, carbon-fibre is the main material that contributes to this, and you’ll find it on the front splitter, front access panel, roof, diffuser surround, air-intake side pods, one-piece tailgate and the motorsport-derived rear wing. This contributes to another statistic – the Cup 430 has a power-to-weight ratio of 407 hp per tonne.

The car’s revised styling is part of a new aero package that generates 220 kg of downforce at maximum speed. Forged alloy wheels measuring 17 inches at the front and 18 inches at the rear are wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (215/45 profile front and 285/30 profile rear).

Also part of the package is a variable traction control function with five pre-set traction levels (1%, 3%, 6%, 9%, 12% slip) as well as insurance worrying “off.” The function is only active with the ESP switched off, and is controlled with a six-positon rotary switch.

The interior gets its fair share of carbon-fibre parts too, like the instrument binnacle surround, race seats, door sills and seat runners. Other areas receive Alcantara, leather or tartan upholstery, but if you want to personalise things further, there’s the Lotus’ Exclusive programme.

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Gerard Lye

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.



  • JasonPro on Nov 10, 2017 at 10:52 am

    The magic within the 3.5 litre V6 Toyota engine.

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    • Lotus made so much changes to the base engine, its now practically a Lotus own engine!

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  • Move along, nothing to see here.

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  • Hshabsjns on Nov 10, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    430hp in 1056kg car?

    What a beast!!!!

    Btw Preve Facelift 1.5twin supercharged 260hp 320nm ftw!!!

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  • 120 000 seconds later :
    Lotus Exige Cup 450R – track version with lots of carbon aero and lighter.

    120 001 seconds later
    Lotus Exige Cup R 450 – road version from the track version with less carbon aero and no wings but much more lighter version

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  • tokmoh. on Nov 10, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Lotus > all

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  • wow yet another lotus exige variant…yawnnn…zzz

    looks like geely staff have not fully taken over the lotus

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  • oh mak lu on Nov 11, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    For other markets ok. For rich malaysians, all dont know how to drive manual anyway. So it ain’t gonna sell here….

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