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The most exciting car in the Lotus lineup isnít available in America. Or at least itís not available if you plan to drive it on the street.
On display at the Lotus stand at the LA Auto Show, the Exige V6 Cup car is a track day special designed as a purpose built racecar. The unique package is essentially the front two-thirds of an older Elise/Exige chassis mated to the back one-third of an Evora.
Powered by a 3.5-liter V6 supercharged engine it boasts 345 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.
Weighing in at a scant 2,447 lbs depending on the spec, the interior is pretty much gutted out as a race car should be. What youíll get for $100,450 (including destination) is a lightweight bonded aluminum structure reinforced by an FIA approved roll cage. Outfitted with a fully independent suspension, Lotus ups the ante with a set of Eibach springs and Nitron two-way adjustable dampers. Braking performance comes courtesy of four-piston calipers with two-piece aluminum bell discs while youíll be competing on a set of Pirelli Trofeo tires.
Interestingly enough, you can also pony up an extra $1,800 to nab yourself air conditioning if thatís your cup of tea. Diamond cut wheels in a 17- and 18-inch staggered sizing is available for $550 extra while the flashy motorsport paint will run you another $3,200. And considering that the paint investment isnít cheap, an extra
The Los Angeles Auto Show has quickly become one of the most anticipated auto shows on the circuit, with many automakers making global debuts. Nine cars are expected to be shown off for the first time at this years LA show, including the Porsche Macan, MINI Cooper and Subaru WRX. Connected Cars are also becoming a hot topic at the LA show, and a whole day is dedicated to new driving technology.
With new debuts from Toyota, Nissan and Lexus, this years Tokyo Motor Show is proving that the era of Japanese sports car is far from over. Expect a new, small and cheap sports car concept from Nissan and the official reveal of the GT-R NISMO. Toyota is set to debut a new GT86 Convertible Concept, and the fruits of its collaboration with BMW. The Lexus RC Coupe is also expected to make its global debut. Other Japanese automakers sure to showcase new innovations including hybrid and hydrogen technology. It's not all Japanese automakers either, past Tokyo shows saw new cars from German companies too, including Volkswagen and Audi.
Yet another SEMA Show gone by, yet another million plus square feet of sheer custom car insanity.
In a town where weird is normal, the masses of modified cars seem at home. Turbochargers the size of volleyballs are often wedged into Honda Civic engine bays and nobody bats an eye at airbrushed artwork of wolves and near-nude women. Despite the propensity for depravity that comes with a no-last-call town, SEMA is never anything short of a legendary gathering.
With that in mind, here are the top 10 cars of this year's show, hotly debated by the AutoGuide.com staff.
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