Geneva Motor Show LIVE: Lotus Exige Sport 350 Roadster

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Lotus has come to the Geneva Auto Show with an open-top version of its Exige Sport 350 Coupe, the lightest Exige so far.

In December, the British sports car manufacturer introduced the new Exige Sport 350 Coupe, a much lighter model compared with its predecessor the Exige S. Now, Lotus has brought to the Geneva Auto Show the Exige Sport 350 Roadster, an even lighter version than the hardtop one. With a weight of just 1,085 kg, the open-top has lost 40 kg, due to use of forged alloy wheels, cross drilled and vented two-piece brake discs, carbon fibre tailgate, side air intakes and seats. For maximum performance, the Carbon Aero Pack brings the carbon treatment to the spoiler, front splitter and rear diffuser as well.

As with the coupe, the Exige Sport 350 Roadster uses the same supercharged 3.5-litre V6 Toyota engine mated with either a six-speed manual gearbox or with a six-speed automatic gearbox, the latter coming with steering wheel-mounted paddles. The unit provides 345 HP (350 PS) at 7,000 rpm and 400 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm. The weight saving measures have slightly improved the sprinting times and the car can reach from 0 to 60mph in just 3.7 seconds, 0.2 faster than the coupe, while it can go to a maximum speed of 145 mph (241 km/h).