2017 Lotus Exige: Faster And Lighter, But Pricier Than Predecessor

Nov 24, 2016 08:40 PM EST | Mark Yap


The Lotus Exige 350 had just received an upgrade, in the form of 2017 Lotus Exige.

The new Lotus Exige weighs 2,424 pounds and dials up to 375 power, marking the difference from its predecessor.

Externally, the 2017 Lotus Exige 380 wasn't given much of an overhaul and save for a few minor details, it still bears great resemblance to the previous model. It has retained its predecessor's already cool design, yet totally remade underneath; with major differences such as the weight, the aerodynamics, and the engine output.

Based on some information posted on Auto Week's website, the 2017 Lotus Exige 380 has also mitigated 58 pounds - making its weight lighter compared to the Lotus Exige 350. Some factors contributing to this revamp include a new front splitter, rear wing, rear diffuser surround, two-piece brake discs, and front access panel.

Other factors contributing to its now lighter weight include a lithium-ion battery, a new rear window made of transparent polycarbonate, and carbon race seats; as well as alloy wheels made out of an ultra-lightweight material and the usage of Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber from Michelin.

According to Carscoops, the new Lotus Exige will have ten colors to choose from, as well as a Track Pack option for an additional set of two-way adjustable dampers made of Nitron material. Its price will be at least ¥12,760,000 in Japan, €89,900 in Germany, and £67,900 in the UK.

The new Lotus Exige 380 is simply an upgraded version of the Lotus Exige 350; it is essentially the Lotus Exige 350 --- only faster and lighter, as well as pricier.

Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales stressed that they made sure to "save something special" for their last new car release this year, developing a perfectly "proportioned, intuitive, and attainable supercar" that's good to drive on the real road.

The 2017 Lotus Exige 380 is set to be released next year in Japan, Germany, and the U.K.; it is still unconfirmed though, when it wiil be brought to the American shores aside from alleged rumors.

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