2010 Lotus Exige Cup 260 Details and Photos

British manufacturer Lotus today released details and photos of the fifth Lotus Exige Cup, "a must have for many race competition programmes where a road legal car has to be entered," as Lotus says. The new Cup has a recommended retail price, including VAT, from 52,899 euros in the Euro zone to 64,900 euros in Italy.

The new Cup takes inspiration from Exige models released in the past few years. It borrows the 38 kg weight savings from previous models, as well as the extensive body and aerodynamic improvements which came with the 2010 Exige, released in March this year.

The 260 in the Cup's designation stands for horsepower. They come from a supercharged and intercooled engine, which provides this output at 8,000 rpm. It also develops 236 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm, ensuring a linear delivery of power from low engine speeds all the way to the maximum rev.

The Cup comes with a top speed of 245 km/h (152 mph) and a naught to 160 km/h (100 mph) acceleration of 9.9 seconds. Even so, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions remain within the acceptable limits: 8.5 l/100km (27.7 mpg) and 199g/km.

The Lotus Exige Cup 260 is the epitome of the Lotus brand philosophy of performance through lightweight. Colin Chapman, founder of Lotus, once said 'adding power makes you faster on the straights; subtracting weight makes you faster everywhere' and the Exige Cup 260 totally proves this, being one of the most exhilarating, focussed and pure sportscars on the road today,” Roger Becker, Lotus Director of Vehicle Engineering for Lotus said in a release.
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