Lotus Cars Australia has confirmed the 2018 Lotus Exige Sport 410 is headed Down Under, expected to arrive priced at $159,990, including GST and LCT, but excluding on-roads.
The Sport 410 is the less hardcore, more daily-driveable version of Lotus’ Cup 430 track weapon. Because of this, the 410’s 3.5-litre supercharged V6 is de-tuned from the 430 slightly to produce 306kW/420Nm instead of 321kW/440Nm.
It also utilises the same chassis, suspension, brakes as the Cup 430, though the dampers and chassis have been re-tuned to exhibit a ‘softer’ road bias, though the three-way adjustable dampers and roll-bars are able to be tweaked to suit the owner’s preferences.
All of these changes, Lotus says, complement the Sport 410’s altered aerodynamic set-up which produces 150kg of downforce at its top speed of 290km/h in coupe form. Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres are the rubber of choice, helping hold onto the blacktop for a 0-100km/h sprint of 3.4 seconds.
Australia also receives a few specific changes to the car, which Lotus details as follows:
Carbon Fibre race seats are replaced with Exige Sport 350 style seats, though carbon seats are available as an option.
The front splitter, wing blades in the front clam, and rear diffuser are finished in glass fibre reinforced plastic (GFRP) rather than carbon fibre.
Also, the lithium-ion battery is replaced with a standard battery, and the air-conditioning is included as standard.
For prospective Sport 410 buyers, the best points of contact in Australia are Lotus Cars Australia or Simply Sports Cars.
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