Lotus launches even more extreme versions of its track-biased Exige coupé
23 November 2005

Lotus has developed a new track-focused version of the aggressive Exige coupé.

Badged Exige Cup 240, the new car has been developed in conjunction with motorsport specialist Lotus Sport and boasts the Exige 240R's 243bhp supercharged and intercooled 1.8-litre engine. That means a top speed of 155mph and 0-62mph in just 4.5sec.

To cope with the expected quantity of circuit work the Cup will face, the new car boasts an uprated clutch, cross-drilled and grooved brake discs with uprated pads, an Accusump oil reservoir with twin oil coolers, an adjustable front anti-roll bar and adjustable two-way dampers with stiffer Ohlins springs.

There is also a steel roll-over hoop and four-point safety harnesses, Lotus-developed switchable traction control, a limited-slip differential and a stainless steel sports exhaust. The forged alloy wheels wear Yokohama Advan A048 tyres while inside there are weight-saving aluminium window winders and a Lotus Sport build plaque.

In the UK the Cup 240 will be available in Road and Track versions, each priced at £45,995. Opt for the Road spec and you get air-conditioning and an alarm and immobiliser in place of the FIA-approved full roll cage, plumbed-in fire extinguisher and ignition kill switches that come as standard with the Track version.

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