Lotus Exige Sport 410: Driven

An unending procession of Lotus model derivatives has become a source of amusement around here, but the Sport 410 is the ‘ultimate’ series-three Exige – and this time Lotus promises it means that literally.

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As far as the line-up goes, this car displaces the Sport 380 and as such sits between the ‘base’ Sport 350 and the heroically uncompromised Cup 430 track tool. That car was quite a leap for the Exige in terms of aerodynamics and power, and the point of the Sport 430 is to take all that and inject better road manners into the package. It’s why the Sport 410 makes 150kg of downforce at top speed, will more or less level-peg a McLaren F1 in its first few gears, and has a single-mass flywheel and Alcantara-clad bucket seats, yet you still get a Bluetooth connection.

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Fear not, this isn’t another special edition ‘ not that you could blame Lotus if it were, as the company’s special editions are customer-led, with production sold out before most are announced. Rather the ‘85,600 Sport 410 fits between the two existing models ‘ the Sport 350 and Cup 430 ‘ in the recently revised Exige range. Until an all-new Exige (and Evora) arrives in 2020, this is how the line-up will stay for the next 18 months.’

Developed from the range-topping Cup 430, the Sport 410 is said to blend the performance and focus of the former with the more road-biased set-up of the Sport 350. It retains the familiar 3.5-litre supercharged V6 and six-speed manual gearbox.’

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You’d be forgiven for thinking this Lotus Exige Sport 410 is yet another special edition from the Norfolk-based brand. After all, the firm has been rather prolific in that department over the last few years.’
But scoff as some might at those limited-run models, they have allowed Lotus to return to a situation strong enough for Chinese giant Geely to buy a 51 per cent stake in the company ‘ thus securing the British sports car firm’s future.
Jumping ahead.
With Geely’s commitment, Lotus is now planning further ahead and easing development on the current Elise, Evora and Exige models. Its efforts are now concentrated on all-new cars, the first of which we will see in 2020