We are using that hoods term as broadly as possible... for the new matte-black front end, roof, and rear engine cover might all be technically called hoods. These aluminum upgrades help the new Exige 360 Cup stand proud among even its V6 Cup siblings... despite the 360 packing just an extra 10 ponies over the standard Exige V6 Cup.
Those extra horses are present thanks to a shouty new sports exhaust with a freer flow than before. The bellow is getting more soulful every iteration for Lotus and their crate motor from Toyota. A bit more refinement and continuous improvement... and this engine might sound as good as a Ferrari some day!
Until then, the Exige 360 Cup is for serious drivers who take their track time equally seriously. New racing options to win battles with Ferrari's -- or other Lotuses in the one-make race series -- are as intense as the 50 buyers who will be lucky enough to bring one home. Ohlins dampers, FIA-spec carbon racing seats, electrical kill switch and adjustable anti-roll bars round out the options list. For wimps, the AC can be added back but has a 50-pound estimate weight penalty versus the sweatier, non-air-conditioned standard spec. Bright red wheels come standard and really pop next to the various metallic bodycolors.
But hey, maybe some cool air on caution or pace laps would help keep you focused and at max attack as the green flag falls? Yes, that justification sounds viable to us!
2016 Lotus EXIGE 360 Cup
The Lotus Exige 360 Cup
- Limited edition - 1 of 50 - Exige V6 Cup
- Increase in power of 10 PS
- New lightweight louvered tailgate and front access panel
Lotus Motorsport redefines the Exige V6 Cup with the introduction of the Exige 360 Cup. New lightweight panels and an increase in power mean the Lotus Motorsport Cup model continues to provide a benchmark in handling and performance.
The Exige 360 Cup bespoke styling signals an evolution in design, with an option of four colours (Metallic White, Metallic Grey, Metallic Black and Metallic Silver) and stealth matt black roof, front access panel and louvered tailgate. This design is a limited edition run of 50 vehicles and each of these special Exige 360 Cup cars will receive a numbered Lotus Motorsport build plate.
This new model boasts an increase in power of 10 PS with freer flowing induction and a sports exhaust system, which combined with a low vehicle weight of 1130 kg gives an incredibly pure driving experience on road and track. The powertrain updates also give the Exige 360 Cup a sportier soundtrack to enhance the driving experience.
Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus plc, commented: “The V6 Cup was a favourite amongst many knowledgeable customers with its incredible track performance and distinctive design. I am excited about the introduction of the new 360 Cup which moves the game forward with striking new design features and performance upgrades that offer phenomenal ability on road and track.”
The Exige 360 Cup uses the track proven aero package from the Exige V6 Cup with an aerodynamically optimised front splitter, rear diffuser and wing. Together with the flat underside these aerodynamic aids offer 42 kg of downforce at 100 mph (160 km/h).
The chassis on the Exige 360 Cup is a Lotus designed stiff and lightweight bonded aluminium chassis with double wishbone suspension all round. The car is fitted with track focused 2-way adjustable suspension and a 4-dynamic mode (drive, sport, race and off) system, including launch control.
New features for the Exige 360 Cup include a bespoke lightweight front access panel, new lightweight rear tailgate and louvered panel. The Exige 360 Cup has a distinctive design, updated grooved brake discs for improved performance, Motorsport Red wheels, embroidered seats and dash panel.
The options available for the Exige 360 Cup include a new red Alcantara interior, adjustable anti-roll bars, Öhlins race dampers, fire extinguisher and electrical cut-off, FIA carbon seats, air conditioning and removable steering wheel.
The Exige 360 Cup is on sale now through the Lotus dealer network with prices starting at £62,995 (MSRP) including 20% tax.
As with all Lotus Motorsport Cup models the Exige 360 Cup is eligible for Lotus Cup race series.