Here’s why the Lotus Exige Sport 410 is the perfect gearhead car

lotus is a brand that prides itself on having some of the best automotive engineers in the world, which has always shown in their sports car fleets. Lotus has always been synonymous with motorsport, lightweight and performance-oriented cars. Although there have been several changes of ownership and all the associated changes over the past few decades, the company has remained true to its sports philosophy. A prime example of how true the brand is to these attributes is the Lotus Exige, an early 2000s nameplate.

The Exige sports cars have traveled the world. From the original Series 1 Exige we’ve seen the Series 2, the Exige S 260 and the performance-inspired GT3 to name a few, some with a higher market value than others. But things got a lot more interesting when the brand replaced the standard Exige S with the Lotus Exige Sport 350. Its mid-engine configuration housed a potent 345-horsepower V6 engine, and the styling, either inside or out, is otherworldly. Later Lotus made a more powerful and racetrack based Exige Cup 430. Over time, the British brand decided to combine the essence of the Sport 430 and Sport 350, seemingly connecting the dots. The result is the Lotus Exige Sport 410.

The Lotus Exige Sport 410 made its industry debut in 2018. Developed with various features and cues from the Sport 350 and Sport 430, the two-door Sport 410 coupe offers the best of both worlds.

In this particular Lotus piece, we explain why the Lotus Exige deserves your garage spot, with a closer look at its features, engine, styling and performance.

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The detuned engine of the Lotus Exige Sport 410 still has a strong punch

The Lotus Exige Sport 410 gets its power from a 3.5-liter supercharged V6 engine, which is essentially a detuned version of the track-focused Exige Cup 430 engine, which produced 430 hp and 325 lb.-ft or twist . The detuned version has a peak power of 410 hp at 7,000 rpm and 310 lb.-ft or torque at 4,000 rpm.

With a sports car engineered to offer unwavering performance on both the track and the highway, the Sport 410 is a great focal point. Even if the detuned engine might appear less powerful on paper, its heavy pressure behind the wheel makes all the difference.

The Lotus Exige Sport 410 is a round sports car

The styling of the Lotus Exige Sport 410 is not very different from other members of the Exige family. The car has a striking aerodynamic exterior design with cool looking headlights and a sporty bumper housing a large grille and air intakes that have been significantly enlarged to improve cooling efficiency. The Sport 410’s Team Dynamics forged 17-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels with Michelin Pilot Sports Cup 2 tires and AP Racing discs and calipers further reinforce the vehicle’s profile.

Underneath the chassis is the Cup 430 chassis, but like the engine, this has been tuned for road use. Also, the 410 has less downforce than the drag-oriented 430, keeping the car grounded at all times. To increase performance, Lotus added a rear spoiler, an aluminum diffuser and a front splitter. The stabilizers have also been adapted to the same principles.

The Lotus Exige Sport 410 measures 160.8 inches in length, 70.9 inches in width and 44.4 inches in height, with a 93.3-inch wheelbase. Also, keep in mind that the Sport 410 only weighs about 2,442.7 pounds, making it one of the lightest sports cars you can find.

The interior design is sleeker but sportier, with a sporty steering wheel and seats. It gets standard power windows, a remote central locking and a retro-inspired console. The 410 offers a wealth of optional features, including Alcantara rocker covers, cruise control and carbon fiber seats.

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The Lotus Exige Sport 410 seamlessly transitions from track to highway

Performance is one thing that sets the Lotus Exige Sport 410 apart from the rest of the Lotus car series or any other car produced in its timeline. It all starts with the engine, which roars loudly every time you hit the gas pedal, either revving the car up or cruising at highway speeds. This can be a little irritating at first, but that’s the only thing we can forgive the Sport 410 for. The petrol-powered engine sends power to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox, making it one of the few sports cars to have stayed true to the manual gearbox.

The steering is very natural and feels soft when maneuvering at high speeds. You will almost feel like the front wheels are wired with your hands. However, you may need extra effort to turn at lower speeds. The chassis is in constant conversation with you as dampers and springs react to every bump or hole in the terrain, but the intuitive design makes the ride so enjoyable. On the Autobahn, the vehicle dances with every input you make. The manual transmission offers excellent and unshakeable shifting. With its 42 liter fuel tank you can drive up to 271.8 miles.

And regardless of whether you get your hands on the coupé or roadster version of the Sport 410, you’ll still be able to sprint from 100 km/h in just 3.3 seconds and have a top speed of 180 km/h. The combination of steering, chassis and engine power in a low, light and (somewhat) narrow two-seater body results in a car that takes your sports car experience to a whole new level. And if that’s not enough to whet your appetite for the Lotus Exige Sport 410, you’re simply not a Lotus person.

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