Lotus releases 257bhp Exige Sport Cup 260
21 February 2008

This is the most powerful Lotus Exige on sale. The Sport Cup 260 is a new special edition giving the Exige's 1.8-litre supercharged engine 257bhp; a 5bhp boost over the 2007 Exige Cup. Kerb weight is just 928kg, giving a power to weight ratio of 271bhp per tonne. To make sure we're in no doubt of its role as Lotus' most track oriented Exige, the Cup 260 comes with FIA approved roll cage, adjustable dampers and roll bar and Yokohama tyres. More importantly, the launch control and variable traction control that debuted in the 2-Eleven is also fitted as standard, and a limited slip differential can be specified. Handling is aided by the standard aerodynamic pack, which produces an extra 40kg of downforce over the standard Exige. All of this means your 2008 Exige Cup 260 will hit 62mph in 4.1sec, 100mph in 9.9sec, and will carry on to a top speed of 147mph. But the most powerful Lotus Exige on sale comes at a high price - £42,000, to be precise. We certainly think it's worth it.

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21 February 2008

The standard Exige S does 0-100 in 9.9 and that "only" has 220bhp!

This "Cup" should be around 9.5 (or lower).

21 February 2008

They are the masters of track weaponry, but can you really live with them on a day to day basis. After all, the engine should give plenty of trouble free miles being form Toyota. But what about the limited creature comforts?

21 February 2008

I think that's an exellent question. Can you live with one on a day-to-day basis ? Anyone got any real world experience of trying it ?

22 February 2008

I think someone prepared to spend £41k on a lotus exige is very unlikely to have it as their only car in the same way that some elise owners do, so living with it day-to-day is not likely to be an issue.

I drive a VX220 into work almost every day and while it's less extreme than an exige it's in the same ballpark. So it's not unreasonable that someone could regularly use an exige on the nice days and run it alongside a ford focus.

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