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Lotus has unveiled the 2013 Exige V6 Cup R, ahead of its debut at Autosport International.

Based on the Exige V6 Cup, the R variant is a track-focused model that features an aerodynamic body kit with a front splitter, canards and a rear diffuser. The car has also been equipped with a sports exhaust system, AP-Racing brakes and two-way adjustable dampers.

Unsurprisingly, the cabin has been stripped of non-essential equipment to keep the car's weight as low as possible. However the company has added a roll-cage, a fire extinguisher and a racing seat with a six-point harness.

Power is provided by a supercharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that develops 366 HP (269 kW) and 413 Nm (295 lb ft) of torque. It is connected to a six-speed manual transmission which enables the 1040 kg (2,293 lb) sports car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.8 seconds and hit a top speed of 274 km/h (170 mph).

Gallery: Lotus Exige V6 Cup R announced for Autosport International

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