The Lotus Exige turns 20 this year. Commemorating this event is the Exige Sport 410 20th Anniversary edition. The livery includes an extended pallete of retro-inspired paint colors, unique 20th anniversary badging, and a multitude of standard kit.
“The Exige Sport 410 20th Anniversary builds on the Exige’s unrivaled levels of handling and performance,” said Ema Forster, Head of Product Marketing at Lotus. “This special edition of one of our most acclaimed sports cars ever will continue the Lotus ethos of being born for the track and bred for the road.”
The throwback starts with body-colored exterior panels reminiscent of the original Series 1 Exige released in 2000. It includes a body-colored roof, rear wing, and side air intakes. Next, Lotus installed small black ‘sharks fins’ ahead of the rear wheels to protect against chips and cuts from flying stones.
Of course, no anniversary edition is complete without a set of new commemorative badging. The new Lotus Exige Sport 410 has a set of bespoke 20th Anniversary silhouette logos on the front wings and rear bumper. The badges feature a profile image of the Exige Series 1 to add some nostalgia into the fray. You’ll also find the unique badging on the seatbacks and dashboard.
Meanwhile, the interior offers a varied mix of colored Alcantara trim with decorated panel stitching. Speaking of colors, the Lotus Exige Sport 410 20th Anniversary is available in three new paint options: Calypso Red, Chrome Orange, and Laser Blue. Additional paint hues include Saffron Yellow, Motorsport Black, and Arctic Silver.
New standard kit includes three-way Nitron adjustable dampers and carbon-fiber exterior panels including a front splitter, rear tailgate, and front access panel. The car also comes with lightweight forged alloy wheels, a DAB radio with Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, and a tiller wrapped in fine Alcantara. Options include a titanium exhaust and carbon-fiber sills.
Despite its retro-inspired livery, the hardware remains untouched. The Lotus Exige Sport 410 20th Anniversary remains powered by a supercharged 3.5-liter V6 engine pumping out 410 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, the Exige Sport 410 has little trouble rushing to 60 mph in 3.3-seconds.
The new Lotus Exige Sport 410 20th Anniversary has a base price of £79,900 or around $99,340 based on current exchange rates. According to Lotus, the anniversary model has £5,412 worth of extras than a regular Exige. The first deliveries are slated to arrive later this year.
Today’s Wordle Answer #382 – July 6, 2022 Solution And Hints
The answer to Wordle’s July 6, 2022, edition is the word fluff. When it comes to an etymological analysis, there isn’t much meat to the puzzle here. A close predecessor is the word floow (also spelled as flue), which refers to a wooly substance. There’s a Flemish term called vluwe and a French word velu meaning hairy or shaggy that are said to be earlier variants of the word. Some say that the world fluff is an imitative modification of the word floow, which describes the act of puffing a light substance. Another theory is that fluff came out from the merger of flue and puff.
There’s also a movie that was released in 2020 by the name “Fluff,” but you haven’t likely seen it unless names like John Pallotta, Wesley Green, Brian Anthony Wilson, and Gina Martino ring a bell. Fluff sandwich is also a delicacy in the New England region; it gets its name from the light filling that is predominantly marshmallow with jelly or peanut butter, and is colloquially referred to as the fluffernutter.
Samsung’s Foldable Phones Could Get Much Cheaper In The Near Future
During the restructuring of its smartphone branding scheme, Samsung adopted the A letter for its mid-range phones, reserving M for entry-level devices (spoiler: the three phone families now spell S, A, M). The Galaxy A series usually has some resemblance to flagship Galaxy S phones, particularly in design, but often skimps out on other hardware components like the processor, memory, and cameras. According to an insider source (via ETnews), Samsung will be using the same tactic to bring down its foldable prices to a more agreeable level.
The report doesn’t say which corners will allegedly be cut to reach that lower price point, though it does mention only having core functions installed. If there is one thing that Samsung can’t skimp on, however, it is the durability of the foldable phone and the materials it will use. If a cheap foldable phone with an already fragile display is easily damaged, it will only serve to scare potential buyers away rather than increase confidence in the product line.
Samsung will reportedly target a price of 1 million KRW, which is roughly $770 USD and therefore considerably cheaper than even the Galaxy Z Flip 3 model’s price tag. This won’t be happening anytime soon, though, as the pieces are unlikely to fall into place until 2024 — presumably when foldable displays themselves have become less expensive to make. Samsung’s timeline might also be influenced by Apple’s foldable plans, as the Korean company will most likely want to have its brand well-established in that market before the first foldable iPhone or iPad launch.
This New HTC Tablet Is A Missed Opportunity
The fact that the HTC A101 is an entry-level budget tablet is evident from the design itself. Take, for example, its massive bezels, making it seem a bit dated. The display used on this tablet measures 10.1-inches across and has a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. While the HTC A101 gets a respectable 8GB of RAM, the processor used here is the UNISOC T618 chip. Designed by UNISOC, this SoC is an entry-level chipset that is based on a 12nm manufacturing process. Given its credentials, do not expect blazing fast performance on this tablet. The model features 128GB of onboard storage and packs the option to add a microSD card, as well.
The camera setup on the A101 includes a 12MP primary rear-facing camera and a 2MP ultrawide camera. HTC has also thrown in a decent 5MP front-facing camera. Powering the tablet is a 7,000 mAh battery that does not support fast charging. On the software side, this tablet will ship with Android 11 at launch. Clearly, the HTC A101 is an entry-level device that targets people who do not have a huge amount of money to splurge on a tablet.
Unfortunately for HTC, the advent of fiercely competitive Chinese smartphone brands has blurred the lines between mid-tier and low-end devices. This means that consumers of late have been getting really good-looking, well-specced products for low prices. With the HTC A101 tablet, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Our perception of the product may change in case HTC decides to price the device competitively, but unfortunately, the company has yet to reveal this rather crucial piece of information.
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