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2018 Lotus Exige Sport 410 confirmed for Australia

By Chris Thompson, 17 Aug 2018 News

2018 Lotus Exige Sport 410 Australia news

Road-friendly Sport derived from Exige Cup 430 is inbound

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.

Lotus says only 2 of the 10 limited import edition Exige Cup 430 cars are still available for purchase, likely put on pre-order since the Exige Sport 410 was revealed in May 2018.

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.

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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.