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Lo­tus have been the mas­ters of light­weight, com­pact fun for decades, and the English brand is show­ing no signs of slow­ing down. Their new­est of­fer­ing will only con­sist of 60 in­di­vid­ual units, and they look as fun as ever. Much like the Exige Sport 380, and many other Lo­tus cars, the Exige Cup 380 will make ex­cel­lent use of 375 horse­power, cour­tesy of a su­per­charged 3.5L V6.

The new Lo­tus will gain its com­pet­i­tive edge via the use of weight shav­ings and aero­dy­nam­ics, as op­posed to added power. Thanks to a gen­er­ous help­ing of car­bon fiber parts, in­clud­ing front split­ter, hood, rear hatch, vents, seats, and more, the Exige Cup 380 weighs in at 117 pounds lighter than the Exige Sport 380, which is al­ready light in its own right at 2,447 pounds. Fur­ther weight sav­ings can be achieved with an op­tional ex­haust sys­tem, which is 22 pounds lighter, and spe­cial air vent sur­rounds to shave off 2.2 pounds.

New aero­dy­nam­ics come into play to im­prove the Cup 380's per­for­mance as well. Thanks to a re­vised front bumper and split­ter combo, wheel well vents, and an ag­gres­sive new wing, the new­est Lo­tus pro­duces 43 per­cent more down­force than the Exige Sport 380. At the Exige Cup 380's top speed of 175 mph (281.6 km/h), that equates to 411 pounds of down­force. Ad­di­tion­ally, even the wind­shield wiper sits ver­ti­cally for aero­dy­namic purposes.

Ex­pect to see the Exige Cup 380 on sale in Europe for around $106,000 to $118,000 USD. Un­for­tu­nately for Lo­tus en­thu­si­asts on this side of the pond, the 60 avail­able ex­am­ples of the Cup 380 will be Euro­pean only, at least for now.

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