Italian tuner UK Garage has created quite an impressive package with the new Lotus Extrema.
A wide variety of engines from General Motors are offered.
Three variations of the PowerTech V8 at 2.6L (360 hp), 2.8L (450 hp), and 3.4L (560 hp) are available. With an engine weight of 95 kg, total vehicle mass does not surpass 750 kg.
Another engine offered is the 2.8L V6 turbo from the Saab Turbo X, with power output at either 300 hp or 350 hp. Vehicle weight increases to 850 kg with this engine, which makes for an overall still very lightweight car.
Moving up the performance spectrum is where things really get interesting. UK Garage offers Extrema buyers Corvette LS3 engines making either 420 hp or 500 hp. At this point, total vehicle weight increases to 970 kg.
For those who desire more power, the 513 hp LS7 from the Corvette Z06 is offered, as well as the simply brutal 647 hp LS9 from the Corvette ZR1. Vehicle weight rises to 1000 kg with these motors.
With the stupendous thrust from the LS9 motor, the Extrema rockets to 100 km/h (62 miles per hour) in just 2.8 seconds. 0-200 km/h is accomplished in just 7 seconds. The LS9 Extrema’s top speed is 320 km/h, or roughly 199 miles per hour.
Buyers can choose a sequential transmission or a traditional manual transmission.
The Extrema is underpinned by an aluminum Lotus Exige chassis that has been stretched by 20 cm to accommodate the larger engines. It has also been widened to fit wider tires. Fiberglass or kevlar-carbon composite bodies are available.
Pricing starts at €66,000 including taxes for the base model. Conversions can be made road-legal at extra cost.