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The Top Gear car review:Lotus 3-Eleven
For:Speed, grip, noise, sheer force involved. Hard to catch your breath while driving
Against:Very expensive, helmet required at all times
What is it?
Lotus’s fastest ever production car and, perhaps more pertinently, its first all-new car since the Exige V6 in 2012. It’s not strictly all-new though, as underneath it has much in common with that Exige, but with no roof and doors it is at least conforming to the much-mentioned ‘add lightness’ stereotype.
It’s a light car, made lighter still, built on the Exige’s bonded aluminium platform and using its supercharged V6. Two versions are available: Road and Race, and you can probably guess the differences. Less weight and equipment, more power and downforce. Also a racing sequential gearbox to justify the serious step-up in price from £82,500 to £116,500.