Sam Philip28 August 2009

What comes after Size Zero?

Lotus shaves even more weight off its already anorexic Exige 260 Cup. Tether it down in high winds…

Lotus Exige 260 Cup

The problem with last year's Lotus Exige 260 Cup was that it was a bit of a porker. A lardy, blimp-like, 928kg fattie.

So, like a fashion designer starving her already waif-like models, Lotus has forced the Exige 260 Cup onto a brutal weight loss strategy, forcing it onto a subsistence diet of carbon fibre bodywork, lightweight alloy wheels and a smaller battery.

The result? A veritably size-zero kerbweight of 890kg, 38kg lighter than last year.

With Lotus's supercharged 1.8-litre four-pot putting out 256bhp, that means a power-to-weight ratio of 288bhp per tonne, and a 0-60mph time of four seconds flat. It's pretty green by supercar standards, too, returning 33.2mpg and just 199g/km of CO2.

We got an early drive in the 260 Cup a few months ago. Read what we thought here

The price is a bit of a kicker, mind: the Exige 260 Cup costs £45,000, though that does generously include a full tank of fuel.

Put another way, that's £51 per kilo. Which, according to our meticulous research, makes it the same price as wild-harvested wood sorrel. We have no idea whether this makes the Exige Cup 260 a bargain or not...

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