Exige Sport 350 Roadster, Evora Sport 410, Elise Cup 250 and 3-Eleven on show
The 2016 Geneva International Motor Show saw a special quadruple line up of fabulous Lotus that were born from the legendary marquee’s Light is Right principle. Essentially making up the 2016 Lotus range, they epitomize the company’s commitment to developing pure, driver-focused sports cars with exceptional performance.
As all four zips past the century sprint in 3.9 seconds or less, the four continues the company’s progression in lightening their speed merchants and thus enabling incredibly fast production Lotuses with considerably lesser mass, enhanced handling and higher straight line speed. These exceptional and destined for greatness Louts are the Evora Sport 410, Elise Cup 250 (both recently announced and featured earlier), Exige Sport 350 Roadster, and the spectacular Nurburgring record breaking 3-Eleven.
Developed via Lotus’ Lightweight Laboratory concept, each of the four cars were thoroughly re-evaluated – with every component assessed, optimized and reengineered as required – the cars represent the epitome of Lotus’ “light is right” approach to engineering.
The Evora Sport 410 as the name suggest churns out 410 ponies from its supercharged 3.5 liter V6, and romps on to a breezy 3.9 seconds century sprint and 300 km/h maximum speed. The Elise Cup 250, powered by a higher-output version of the supercharged, 1.8-litre 4-cylinder engine, shaved some 21 kg and with 243 hp (a gain of 26 hp) clocks the same 3.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 154 mph.
The debutant Exige Sport 350 Roadster managed an incredible 3.7 seconds century sprint thanks to its 345 hp output and a feathery 1, 085 kg weight – the lightest ever V6 powered Exige. And last but by no stretch of the imagination the least, is the sensational 3-Eleven – with an all-new lightweight composite body, and a bespoke chassis, its revised supercharged V6 pumps out 460 hp enabling the 3-Eleven a mind-boggling 2.9 seconds 0 to 6-mph and a max speed of 290km/h.