On the eve of what should have been the 29th running of the iconic TARGA Tasmania tarmac rally, Lotus Cars Australia has introduced the Exige Sport 410 TARGA Limited Edition coupe, an Australian-only machine limited to ten units nationally.
“The catalyst for this car was the success the Exige has enjoyed in TARGA competition. Having won the Australian TARGA Championship back to back in 2018 and 2019, it seemed fitting to pay tribute with a Limited Edition car” said Lotus Cars Australia CEO, Lee Knappett. ”2019 was an extremely successful year, with Lotus owners winning the TARGA championship in all four classes that our cars were eligible (TSD, GT Sports, GT2 and Outright)”.
Distinguishing the Exige Sport 410 TARGA Limited Edition is the addition of cup style side air intakes and rear wing, both finished in carbon fibre, with TARGA decals completing the exterior features. Customers are able to choose any metallic colour of choice in the Lotus range.
On the inside, you will find carbon fibre race seats, harness bar, 4 point driver harness and fire extinguisher, all of which make the car ready for entry level driving at TARGA, or any of the many track day and sprint events available to Lotus customers. Lotus Car Australia has also mentioned that “For customers wanting to pursue higher levels of TARGA competition, a dealer fit Australian Motorsport compliant roll cage option is available.” The addition of an interior colour pack adds a bit of ‘swish’ to a cabin that already includes full Alcantara trim.
Even though the regular Exige Sport 410 has a long list of performance and lightweight components, the TARGA pack builds on further weight savings with carbon fibre front splitter, front access panel and rear boot lid, as well as the ultra lightweight forged alloy rims shod in sticky Michelin Pilot Cup 2 tyres. Handling is made even better thanks to three way adjustable Nitron dampers, Eibach springs and 3 way adjustable anti roll bars front and rear.
Braking is courtesy of AP Racing, with forged, four-piston calipers and high performance two-piece J-hook brake discs. Lotus Cars Australia says “With a higher thermal capacity and improved bite, these discs have better debris clearance and impart consistent pedal feel with greater stopping power.”
Powering the Exige Sport 410 TARGA Limited Edition is the highly favoured and tested 3.5L twinscroll style supercharged V6 that develops 410bhp (305kW) and 420Nm. All that power and all that weight saving means a 0-100km/h sprint in just 3.4 seconds. The engine itself has a baffled sump to prevent oil starvation during high speed, high load corners, and power is put to the ground through a 6 speed H-pattern gearbox running sports ratios. Drivers have the choice of four driving modes; normal, sport, race and TCS off. Each mode alters the ESP intervention, allowing drivers to explore the cars limits as they gain more confidence.
Pricing starts at $174,990 RRP (a $5k prise rise from the base car without any options), which in theory means the TARGA Limited Edition represents excellent value when you consider the combined value of all options fitted is just over $12,500.
Lotus standard warranty terms and conditions apply to the Exige Sport 410 TARGA Limited Edition (3 years, unlimited Km). The cars also come with 3 years roadside assistance as part of the Lotus Assist programme.
Technical specifications in detail
Max power: 305kW/ 410 hp at 7,000 rpm (416 PS)
Max torque: 310 lbft from 3,000 to 7,000 rpm (420 Nm)
0-60 mph: 3.3 seconds
0-100 km/h: 3.4 seconds
Max speed: (Coupe) 180 mph (280 km/h)
CO2 emissions: (combined) 230 g/km
Urban: 14.9 l/100 km
Extra-urban: 8.1 l/100 km
Combined: 10.2l/100 km
Unladen weight: 1,108kg
Dry weight: 1,074kg
Lightest possible dry weight (with all possible lightweight
options): 1,054 kg
Power-to-weight ratio (lightest possible dry weight) 389 hp per tonne
Aerodynamic downforce at maximum speed: 150 kg (Front: 60 kg; Rear: 90 kg)
OPTIONS: INTERIOR AND TRIM
Leather trim pack
Interior colour pack
OPTIONS: COMFORT AND COMMUNICATION
Touring Pack comprising full carpets, sound insulation (NVH), 4 speaker DAB stereo and cruise control
OPTIONS: LIGHTWEIGHT AND PERFORMANCE
Carbon fibre hardtop
Carbon fibre binnacle top
Carbon fibre sill covers
Carbon fibre rear diffuser finish
Carbon fibre barge boards
Lightweight lithium-ion battery