Lotus Exige Sport 380

Unrivalled in its class: faster, sharper, and more direct than adversaries, the Exige Sport 380 is definitely not for the timid. With a dry weight of just 1,076 kg, and boasting a potent power-to-weight ratio of 338 hp per tonne, the new, pure-bred Lotus has been conceived to out perform and out manoeuvre so called supercars. The new Exige is blisteringly fast off the line, dispatching 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds before reaching a top speed of 178 mph.

The uprated 3.5-litre supercharged V6 engine in the Exige Sport 380 generates 375 hp at 6700rpm and 410 Nm (302 lbft) of torque at 5000rpm. Refined from countless hours of testing and development, it’s a design that’s proved its mettle by powering some of Lotus’ latest supercars. Power increase comes from a revised supercharger pulley, which increases charge pressure, an uprated fuel pump, a recalibrated ECU and the introduction of a revised exhaust system. Allowing owners to enjoy the new Exige for longer between fuel stops, it also comes with an enlarged, 48-litre petrol tank.

Lotus returned to the Lightweight Laboratory in order to cut kilos from the kerb weight of the Exige Sport 380 which features hand-made, high-gloss visible weave components as standard. This includes the front splitter, revised front access panel, new rear wing and rear diffuser surround, which together save 2.7 kg. A lightweight, transparent polycarbonate rear window saves 0.9 kg over the glass equivalent in the Exige Sport 350. In addition, the carbon race seats (-6 kg), lithium- ion battery (-10.3 kg), ultra-lightweight forged wheels and grooved two-piece brake discs (-10 kg) combine to cut a massive 26.3 kg. A new design of rear transom panel now has two rear light clusters, rather than the four on the Exige Sport 350, with reversing and fog lights now mounted inboard, cutting weight by 0.3 kg.

As with all Lotus cars, aerodynamic efficiency plays a key role in the Exige, helping it drastically expand its performance envelope. Extensive CFD modelling work has allowed Lotus’ design team to fine tune specific areas, in order to deliver a substantial overall improvement. The revised front access panel modifies the air flow exiting the car’s horizontally mounted radiators, before it travels over the car, while the carbon front spoiler and rubber lip spoiler combined with the carbon barge boards reduce pressure under the vehicle.



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In Action


  • Fuel-injected and supercharged
  • 3.5-litre V6 engine develops 375bhp (380PS)
  • Delivers 302lbs ft (410Nm) of torque
  • Mid-engine provides balance
  • Aero-optimised
  • Lotus-developed Dynamic Performance Management control
  • BOSCH Electronic Differential Lock (EDL)
  • Exhilarating acceleration
  • State of the art construction
  • Extruded aluminium chassis-tub
  • Lightweight
  • Great torsional rigidity
  • Provides solid handling base
  • Forged alloy suspension wishbones
  • Chassis cross-members visible
  • Manual 6-speed
  • Exposed gearshift
  • Close ratios
  • Light shift weight
  • Precise changes
  • Balanced clutch weight
  • Optional 6-speed Automatic
  • Forged alloy shift paddles (Auto)
  • Lotus throttle management blips on downshifts
  • Head-turning presence
  • Compact packaging
  • Styled for zero-lift
  • Maximum down force
  • Advanced aerodynamics package
  • Targeted efficiency
  • Motorsport derived
  • Alcantara® trimmed carbon fibre sports seats with contrast stitching
  • Steering wheel trimmed in black leather
  • Engine Start Button
  • Centre console with exposed gearshift
  • Rear parking sensor


PERFORMANCE* Manual Automatic
Max power 375 hp at 6700 rpm (380 PS) (280 kW)
Max torque 302 lbft at 5,000 rpm (410 Nm)
0-60 mph 3.5 seconds 3.5 seconds
0-100 km/h 3.7 seconds 3.7 seconds
Max speed 178 mph (286 km/h) 170 mph (274 km/h)
Roadster max speed (restricted) 145 mph (233 km/h) 145 mph (233 km/h)
Power to weight ratio 338 hp/tonne (342 PS/1000kg) 335 hp/tonne (339 PS/1000kg)
Aerodynamic downforce at max speed 140 kg 140 kg
Kerb weight 1110 kg 1121 kg
Dry weight 1076 kg 1087 kg
Urban 20.0 21.2
Extra Urban 34.0 37.2
Combined 27.2 29.1
CO2 emissions, Combined 242 g/km 225 g/km
3.5 litre DOHC V6 VVT-i, 24 valve, with Harrop supercharger Standard
Mid mounted, transverse, rear wheel drive Standard
6 speed manual gearbox with sports ratios Standard
BOSCH Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) Standard
Lightweight, extruded aluminium bonded chassis structure Standard
Fully independent double wishbone suspension with front and rear anti-roll bar Standard
Bilstein high perfromance dampers, front and rear Standard
AP Racing two-piece high performance grooved brake discs Standard
Yellow calipers Standard
Eibach springs, front and rear Standard
T45 steel roll hoop Standard
Lotus tuned ABS system Standard
Driver selectable ESP modes – Drive/Sport/Race Standard
Lightweight lithium-ion battery Standard
LED front day time running lights with integrated direction indicators Standard
LED rear lamps with integrated direction indicators Standard
Lightweight satin black forged alloy wheels (17″ front and 18″ rear) Standard
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, front: 215/45/17, rear: 265/35/18 Standard
Polycarbonate backlight glass Standard
Lightweight black louvered tailgate panel Standard
Rear parking sensors Standard
Carbon fibre front splitter Standard
Carbon fibre rear wing Standard
Carbon fibre barge boards Standard
Carbon fibre rear diffuser finisher Standard
Carbon fibre front access panel Standard
Matt black front canards Standard
Headlamp aperture decal Standard
Matt black wing mirrors, side pods and rear transom Standard
Black soft-top (Roadster only) Standard
Carbon fibre hard-top and louvered tailgate, carbon fibre effect side pods Option
Red brake calipers, red mirror caps, red rear wing uprights, red highlights on front splitter, front access panel, barge boards, side pods and rear diffuser finisher (available with selected body colours) Option
Hard-top Option
Black leather steering wheel Standard
Polished aluminium gear knob and leather handbrake sleeve Standard
Black Alcantara® trimmed carbon fibre sports seats with contrast stitching Standard
Black Alcantara® trimmed door cards and centre console with contrast stitching Standard
Centre console with exposed gearshift Standard
Driver and passenger airbags Standard
Automatic transmission Option
Full black Alcantara® steering wheel Option
Carbon fibre sill covers Option
Full carpets Option
Floor mats Option
Matt black hard-top (composite) Option
Air conditioning Option
Stereo plus two front mounted speakers Option
Sound insulation Option
Cruise control Option
Lightweight silver forged alloy wheels (17″ front and 18″ rear) Option
Titanium exhaust Option
Standard battery Option
Leather trim pack Option
Tartan trim pack Option
Interior colour pack Option
Track Pack (Nitron two-way adjustable dampers, Eibach front and rear adjustable anti-roll bars) Option
Signature paint Option
Metallic paint Option


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