Lotus has revealed a wide open-top form of its ultra-light Exige Sport 350 in the Geneva motor show.
The brand new 350 Roadster weighs in at just 1085kg, 10kg under its coupé equivalent, which makes it the least heavy iteration of the present Exige to possess available production.
The vehicle take advantage of the same supercharged 3.5-litre V6 because the regular 350 Sport, which produces 345bhp and 295lb foot of torque, but because of the Roadster’s weight advantage, power-to-weight expires by 2bhp to 318bhp/ton.
This small but noticeable saving allows the vehicle to sprint from -60mph in only 3.7sec, .2sec faster compared to coupé, while top speed remains 145mph.
As standard, power is distributed towards the rear wheels using a six-speed manual gearbox that Lotus has designed to become as light as you possibly can. A six-speed automatic with controls-mounted paddle shifters can also be available, which may be operated in manual or full automatic mode.
Such as the coupé, the vehicle includes a carbonfibre tailgate and side intakes, and in addition, there’s a light-weight battery and engine mounts. Purchasers seeking maximum performance can option in carbonfibre aerodynamic addenda, composed of the spoiler, front splitter and rear diffuser.
Inside, Lotus has outfitted the 350 having a lightweight center console, along with a there’s a range of leather, Alcantara or heritage-oriented red and yellow tartan for that relaxation from the cabin.
Though prices is not yet been confirmed, we predict the Exige Sport 350 Roadster to command a £1000 increase around the coupé, which presently sells from £55,900. To compare, the similarly focused Porsche Boxster Spyder starts at £60,459, however this vehicle weighs in at a considerable 305kg more.