Lotus Exige Sport 350 replaces the Exige S

Following the recent launch of the Elise Sport and Sport 220, it's now the Exige's turn for a range revamp. Out goes the S model, in comes the new Sport 350.

As that name suggests, the 3.5 litre V6 supercharged engine still produces 345 bhp (258 kW / 350 PS) with 400 Nm (295 lb/ft) of torque. Other aspects of the car have been changed, though.

Lotus Exige Sport 350 (2016) Front Side

In particular, weight is down by 51 kg (112 lbs) to 1,125 kg (2,480 lbs). Contributing to the diet are a modified centre console, an exposed gear-shift mechanism, less sound insulation, a lighter battery and different engine mounts. Furthermore, the tailgate panel is made from louvred plastic instead of glass.

At first glance, performance isn't much improved. The 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time falls very slightly from 4.0 to 3.9 seconds, while top speed remains at 170 mph (274 km/h).

Lotus Exige Sport 350 (2016) Interior

However, those benchmark figures don't necessarily tell the whole story. In addition to its reduced mass, the Sport 350's altered suspension geometry and firmer dampers are intended to provide a more focussed drive.

UK prices for the Exige Sport 350 start from £55,900. As well as leather, Alcantara or retro tartan upholstery packages, key options include air conditioning, carpets, a six-speed automatic transmission, forged alloy wheels and two-piece brake discs.

Lotus Exige Sport 350 (2016) Rear Side

Deliveries begin in February 2016. A Roadster version is due to arrive a month later.

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