2 March 2005

Lotus is to build a limited run of supercharged Exige models that will complete the 0-100mph dash in an astounding 9.9 seconds. Just 50 Sport Exige 240Rs costing £43,995 will be built to order by Lotus Sport, the British manufacturer’s performance arm. Forty will find homes in the EU and the rest are likely to head for Japan. The high-revving Toyota engine found in the standard Exige and Elise 111R has been pushed out to 243bhp at 8000rpm: enough to take the supercharged version to 60mph in under 4.0sec and on to 155mph. Weighing just 930kg, the power-to-weight ratio stands at an impressive 261bhp per tonne.

Upgraded brakes, stiffer springs, adjustable dampers with 60 compression settings, an adjustable front anti-roll bar and twin oil coolers have all been specially developed for the 240R. Other components include an Accusump back-up oil reservoir for extreme track use and a sports exhaust.

Each of the 50 individually numbered cars will be finished in either Sport Yellow or Sport Black colour schemes.

Our Verdict

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