Lotus celebrates 20 years of the Exige with limited-edition model

The 2020 Lotus Exige Sport 410 20th Anniversary Edition is a special-edition version of the company’s already iconic Exige sports coupe. Developed to celebrate 20 years since the Exige was introduced, the 20th Anniversary Edition is based on the Sport 410, one of the most powerful iterations of the third-generation Exige. The package includes extra features inspired by the original Exige and extra standard features, but the drivetrain remains unchanged. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.

  • 2020 Lotus Exige Sport 410 20th Anniversary Edition
  • Year:
    2020
  • Make:
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  • Engine:
    V6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    410
  • Torque @ RPM:
    310
  • Displacement:
    3.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.3 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    180 mph
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What makes the 2020 Lotus Exige Sport 410 20th Anniversary Edition special?

  • Unique retro-inspired colors
  • Body-colored parts
  • Extra carbon-fiber
  • Special silhouette logos
  • Silhouette insets inside the cabin
  • Extra standard features
  • Optional carbon-fiber door sills
  • Standard adjustable dampers
  • Optional titanium exhaust
  • Standard Exige Sport 410 engine
  • 410 horsepower
  • 310 pound-feet of torque
  • 0 to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds
2020 Lotus Exige Sport 410 20th Anniversary Edition Exterior
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Just like the Exige Cup 430, which is the most track-ready Exige, the Sport 410 is the ultimate road-going version of the coupe.

The two cars share most design features, so the Sport 410 is already an exciting model with enhanced aerodynamics, a big rear wing, and some carbon-fiber body elements. The 20th Anniversary package adds a few extras, like the carbon-fiber front splitter, front access panel, and rear tailgate, which are optional on the Sport 410. The lightweight forged alloy wheels, also optional on the normal car, come standard on this model.

While the overall layout remains the same, the 20th Anniversary was altered to look a bit like the original Exige from the year 2000. The similarities come from a handful of body-colored parts, such as the roof, the side air intake pods, and rear wing. It also features black shark fin stone chip protectors ahead of the rear wheels. To make a stronger connection to the primordial Exige, Lotus also added black silhouette logos of the Series 1 model on the front wings and the rear bumper.

2020 Lotus Exige Sport 410 20th Anniversary Edition Exterior
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The car is available in six exterior finishes, three of which are retro-inspired colors from the Series 1 model. These are called Chrome Orange, Laser Blue, and Calypso Red. If you like colors that don’t scream for attention, you can go with the available Motorsport Black and Arctic Silver. Finally, there Saffron Yellow, reminiscent of the original Norfolk Mustard Yellow.

Move inside the cabin, and you’ll find seats decorated paneled stitching similar to the original Exige, as well as colored Alcantara trim options. The black silhouette logos seen on the outside are embroidered on the seatbacks and embossed on the car’s dashboard build plaque. Other than that, you get a few extras as standard, including DAB digital radio with Bluetooth, cruise control, and an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel. The carbon-fiber door sills remain optional.

2020 Lotus Exige Sport 410 20th Anniversary Edition Interior
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The drivetrain carries over without changes from the regular Sport 410, but the 20th Anniversary comes with Nitron three-way adjustable dampers as standard.

These will enable you to customize the suspension using the variable settings and prepare the Exige for either road or track use. Lotus also offers an optional titanium exhaust and lithium-ion battery, both of which reduce the car’s curb weight.

As far as performance goes, the supercharged, 3.5-liter V-6 engine cranks out 410 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. This puts the 20th Anniversary Edition below the Exige Cup 430, which is rated at 430 horsepower, but it’s still impressively fast. Because it tips the scales at only 2,324 pounds, the Exige Sport 410 needs only 3.3 seconds to hit 60 mph. Its top speed is rated at whopping 180 mph.

2020 Lotus Exige Sport 410 20th Anniversary Edition Exterior
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Pricing for the Lotus Exige Sport 410 20th Anniversary starts from £79,900 (around $100,000 as of June 2020), which converts to £5,412 (about $6,780) worth of extras over the standard Sport 410. Sadly, the Exige is not available in the United States, so this model won’t cross the pond either.

2020 Lotus Exige Sport 410 20th Anniversary Edition specifications
Engine 3.5-liter V-6
Horsepower 410 HP
Torque 310 LB-FT
Weight 2,324 lbs
0 to 60 mph 3.3 seconds
Top Speed 180 mph
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An exclusive new 20th Anniversary edition of one of the world’s most exhilarating and dynamic sports cars, the Exige Sport 410, has been unveiled by Lotus.

Finished in a choice of vibrant new retro-inspired colours, the thrilling two-seater boasts higher levels of standard equipment and an enhanced interior package. The Lotus Exige Sport 410 20th Anniversary is the perfect way to celebrate this sensational model’s impact on the sports car world.

All versions come with upgraded exterior features commemorating the Exige Series 1 from the year 2000. These are the body-coloured roof, side air intake pods and rear wing, plus the black ‘shark fin’ stone chip protector ahead of the rear wheel. The nostalgia is carried over to the interior, where there’s a choice of different coloured Alcantara trims, and each seat is decorated with panelled stitching which echoes that of the original car.

Also part of the new car’s customer appeal is the unique ‘20th Anniversary’ black silhouette logo featuring a striking profile image of the Series 1. It’s visible on the front wings above the side repeaters and on the rear bumper. Inside it’s embroidered on the seat backs and embossed on the car’s dashboard ‘build plaque’. A distinctive ‘20’ logo on the rear wing end-plates adds the finishing touch to this highly desirable design.

The Lotus Exige Sport 410 20th Anniversary is available in one of three bespoke exterior colours all taken from the Exige Series 1, namely Chrome Orange, Laser Blue and Calypso Red. In addition, customers can select Saffron Yellow – a colour reminiscent of the original Norfolk Mustard Yellow – Motorsport Black or Arctic Silver.

The car’s list of standard equipment includes Nitron three-way adjustable dampers. These have variable bump and re-bound settings that enable the driver to personalise the suspension to suit driving style and environment, for example, on the road or a race track. The front splitter, front access panel and rear tailgate are all made from carbon fibre.

A number of features which are optional extras on the Exige are fitted as standard on the 20th Anniversary car. These include DAB digital radio with Bluetooth, cruise control, ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels and an Alcantara steering wheel. Remaining options include carbon fibre sill trim, lightweight lithium-ion battery and titanium lightweight exhaust.

The price of the Lotus Exige Sport 410 20th Anniversary is £79,900 (€83,613), which represents £5,412 worth of extras over the standard Sport 410. The first cars will be with customers in selected international markets later this year.

Ema Forster, Head of Product Marketing, Lotus, said “The Exige Sport 410 20th Anniversary builds on the Exige’s unrivaled levels of handling and performance. This special edition of one of our most acclaimed sports cars ever will continue the Lotus ethos of being born for the track and bred for the road.”

Designed, engineered and hand-built in Hethel, Norfolk, the Exige was created to be an ultra-lightweight performance coupe. Critically acclaimed from the moment it was launched and always ‘For The Drivers’, it is as raw and agile today as it was 20 years ago. The Exige delivers on Lotus’ core values of exceptional handling, outstanding grip and aerodynamic expertise. Constructed around a driver-focused interior, it dispenses a pure, immersive and exhilarating driving experience unlike anything else on the road.

Gavan Kershaw, Director of Vehicle Attributes, Lotus, added: “From the very first drives of the development car the Exige displayed new levels of ability. It set new standards for Lotus road and race cars, perfectly illustrating our core values of performance through light weight, aerodynamics and handling. It really is a race car for the road; I’ve competed and won races in every version of the Exige, from the Series 1 to the Series 3, and always walked away with a grin on my face.”

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