The new car is based around the standard Exige V6 Cup, but features a selection of new aerodynamic components as well as some new equipment under the hood. The most notable visual changes are the inclusion of an aerodynamically-designed body kit featuring a new front splitter, front canards and rear diffuser.
Under the hood, the Exige V6 Cup R produces 20hp more than the standard V6 Cup, lifting horsepower to 366hp and 296lb-ft of torque. This engine is then mated to a six-speed manual transmission and can sprint to 100km/h in just 3.8 seconds and onto a top speed of 274km/h.
Inside the car, you’ll find an almost completely bare interior stripped of all the non-essentials and completed with a roll cage, fire extinguisher and racing seats with 6-point harnesses.
Lotus has pulled off the wraps on two new versions of the Exige: the V6 Cup and the V6 Cup R. Based on the Exige S, the V6 Cup is built to be a dual-purpose street and track machine. The 0-60 dash should take just under 3.8 seconds thanks to a full 345 horsepower from a supercharged 3.5-liter V6 engine. Weighing in at 2,380 pounds, the V6 Cup should be an absolute riot to drive, and with a full FIA-approved roll cage, fire extinguisher and six-point race harnesses on board, it’s plenty safe, too. Two-way adjustable dampers are standard, as are AP Racing four-piston calipers on all four corners. More importantly, drivers can expect to find the Lotus Dynamic Performance Management system in the cockpit, complete with Touring, Sport and DPM Off modes.
The V6 Cup R, meanwhile, is both lighter and offers more horsepower than the standard V6 Cup. The same blown V6 dishes out 366 horsepower in R trim, and the whole contraption tips the scales at 2,292 pounds. Of course, the same spate of race hardware is stock, minus the DPM system. A lightweight battery, track-spec tow loops and quick-release engine cover help separate the Cup R from its more civil sibling, as do performance brake pads and better oil and water cooling systems.
Check out the brief press release below for more information. Both of the new models are headed for a debut at the 2013 Autosport International Show
Source - gtspirit.com, autoblog.com
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