British sports car firm confirms new special-edition for Australia, available in coupe and roadster versions.
Lotus Cars Australia has confirmed it will offer the Exige Sport 410 Down Under, priced from $159,990 before on-road costs.
The version headed Down Under will adopt a “slightly altered specification” compared to the vehicle revealed in May, however.
Aussie Exige Sport 410’s will get sports seats like the ones in the Exige Sport 350, rather than the carbon-fibre racing buckets standard overseas, though the latter will be available as an option.
The carbon-trimmed components for the front splitter, wing blades and rear diffuser will also be trimmed in glass-fibre reinforced plastic (GFRP) for our market, while the lithium-ion battery of global versions will be substituted for a standard battery.
Australian versions will come equipped with air-conditioning as standard, in a nod to our warm climate.
Remaining constant is the powertrain, a 3.5-litre supercharged V6 tuned to deliver 410hp (306kW) at 7000rpm and 420Nm of torque from 3000-7000rpm. Drive is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.
Thanks to its skinny dry weight of 1054kg (lightest configuration), the Exige Sport 410 is capable of sprinting from 0-100 in just 3.4 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 290km/h (coupe) – the roadster has a claimed top whack of 233km/h.
Other highlights include chassis, suspension and damper tunes nicked from the limited-run Exige Cup 430, including a revised setup for the three-way Nitron dampers for a “road bias [that suits] the car’s revised aerodynamic setup”.
There’s also Eibach adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars, 17-inch front and 18-inch ultra-lightweight forged alloys shod in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber (215/45 front and 285/30 rear), AP Racing brakes with four-piston front calipers and two-piece J-hook discs.
Numerous options can be specified, too, including alternate trim packages (full-leather or tartan), cruise control, added sound insulation, cruise control, carbon-fibre exterior and interior components, a fire extinguisher, and a four-point race harness.