What is it?
The six-year journey that ends with this final iteration of the third-generation Exige is somewhat convoluted.
First, we had the V6 S. That was replaced in 2015 by a Sport 350 model, for which Lotus removed a substantial amount of weight and improved the gearshift mechanism. A year later, the Sport 380 arrived. Toyota’s 3.5-litre V6 had been stoked, yet more kilos were consigned to the bin, thanks to a generous helping of carbonfibre bodywork and there was now an aero package.
To drive, it was fabulous. And there were Cup and Race versions for those of a more dedicated or downright diehard attitude to trackdays.
Then, last year, we drove a hardcore Cup 430 version. This variant, with revamped suspension, more downforce still and even less weight, was the quickest street-legal Exige yet. It cost £100,000, was utterly beguiling on track but rightly compromised as a tool for the road.
Which brings us to the car you see here, the Sport 410. Think of it as a detuned, road-ready Cup 430 rather than an exalted Sport 380, the car it replaces in the range. Based on past form, some of you might expect Lotus to do a volte-face and unveil an Exige Sport 440 next year, but this one really is the last of the line, according to CEO Jean-Marc Gales.