Context is all with the Lotus Exige Sport models. Think of this as a fast Elise or an alternative to lightweight track cars such as a Zenos E10 or an Ariel Atom and it looks respectable value.

Against the hugely capable Porsche 718 Cayman it appears much less so. 

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

Road tester
The Exige Sport 350 is more focussed than ever

Then again, against the Porsche 911 GT3 or the Mercedes-AMG C 63, which is how we’re inclined to view the Exige Sport 350, it looks like stonkingly good value. It is every bit as intoxicating as those cars when driven hard – and driven hard it must be to get the best out of it.

While it’s considerably more grown-up than any lightweight special, this is no Cayman rival.

But as a way to drive (perhaps quite a long distance) to a circuit, where it'll lap more quickly than anything else and then return you home if not entirely tirelessly, then at least warm and dry and in the company of a stereo, the Lotus Exige Sport 350 has no equal.

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