The third and final celebration edition to mark 50 years of the Hethel factory tips the scales at a mere 2,422 pounds (1,099 kilograms).

The peeps from Norfolk are in a festive mood yet again and have come up with an Exige 350 Special Edition to celebrate the golden jubilee of Lotus’ Hethel factory. Following the introduction of the already sold-out Evora 400 Hethel Edition and Elise 250 Special Edition, now time has come for the Exige to get an assortment of upgrades to make it worthy of its limited edition status.

Speaking of which, only 50 coupes are ever going to be made and Lotus has plans to sell these on a first-come, first-served basis. It's being described as a successor of the Exige S and comes with several improvements over the Exige Sport 350 upon which it’s based. For starters, through the implementation of weight-saving measures, Lotus’ engineers were able to remove a total of 57 pounds (26 kilograms) to enable a remarkably low weight of just 2,422 lbs (1,099 kg).

If you’re wondering how this was possible, the new forged matte black wheels have enabled a diet of 11 lbs (5 kg) and are now backed by two-piece vented brake discs that have cut a further 11 lbs (5 kg). In addition, the new carbon seats have slashed an additional 13 lbs (6 kg) of fat, while the lithium-ion battery has enabled a further weight loss of 22 lbs (10 kg).

Lotus Exige 350 Special Edition

To keep it as light as possible, Lotus will sell the Exige 350 Special Edition exclusively with a six-speed manual gearbox featuring an exposed gear-change mechanism. Buyers will get to pick from Dark Metallic Grey, Motorsport Black, Old English White, and Essex Blue paints adorned by contrasting racing stripes. For a bit of a contrast, the AP Racing four-piston brake calipers are going to be painted in red, while the rear wing and some of the other body parts will receive a matte black finish.

As far as the interior is concerned, the cabin will come with either a black leather or Alcantara upholstery featuring contrast stitching to spice things up. The lightweight coupe is going to be sold as standard with floor mats and cruise control, while an infotainment system, full carpets, and better sound insulation will be offered at an additional cost, but keep in mind these will increase the car’s weight.

Power is provided by the familiar Toyota-sourced supercharged 3.5-liter V6 with 345 horsepower (258 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters) of torque. It’s enough punch to allow the Exige 350 Special Edition run to 62 mph (100 kph) in 3.9 seconds before topping out at 170 mph (274 kph). Lotus says the new special edition will do a lap of the company’s Hethel circuit in 1 minute and 29.8 seconds.

Lotus is taking orders for its latest special edition and is asking £61,900 in U.K., €81,900 in Germany, and ¥11,690,000 in Japan.

Source: Lotus

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