Has anyone chosen 380 over a 410 ( Newbie!)

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Hi.

Newly joined and looking for opinions please.
My 350 Sport is great, but having driven a 380 for an hour recently and a 410 in July, it’s so clear both cars move the game on (Power delivery, poise, braking and looks, especially the 380) 410 by maybe 60% and 380 perhaps about 30%.

I sort of feel the 380 (no Nitrons) maybe better on road (my chosen domain), but have no experience if adjustable damping to know how a 410 and it’s 3-ways can be set up.

Prices now of both are closer, (less than 10k difference now), so it seems the choice is more open ... thoughts very, very welcome.
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Hello and welcome.

I’m immediately going to be no use replying as I’ve never driven any S3 exige so knowledge is useless. But purely for feedback, I have driven a number of earlier Exige on Nitrons and correctly set up they aren’t a problem for road use. My current car is on Ohlins (which are comparable) with 340r Geometry and it’s great on the road. It’s not a Rolls Royce for effortless travel (!) but it’s compliant and doesn’t jar any more than an Exige does normally 😂.

I’m stuck in 2000/2001 when it comes to Exige but the 380/410 look tremendous - best with your search.
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Again I have no first hand experience or back to back comparisons but Lotus have been configuring cars with Nitron/Ohlin examples for years now with some pretty fantastic road manners all around.

I think the Cup 380 is one of the better looking cars Lotus have churned out recently but I think if it were my money the 410 is just the better package.

Great choice to be having though, enjoy the process and keep us informed :thumbup:
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A friend just upgraded from a 380 to a 410 - mainly due to the fact that the 410 is charge cooled, so doesn't suffer heat issues... Of course also there's the extra carbon fibre......
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Fonzey wrote: Sun Nov 08, 2020 8:15 pm Again I have no first hand experience or back to back comparisons but Lotus have been configuring cars with Nitron/Ohlin examples for years now with some pretty fantastic road manners all around.

I think the Cup 380 is one of the better looking cars Lotus have churned out recently but I think if it were my money the 410 is just the better package.

Great choice to be having though, enjoy the process and keep us informed :thumbup:
Much better idea for you.
Save a fortune and add power to a 380. Best of both worlds especially with the usual spec on the 380's.
Ask Ishy and Leg!!!!!!!
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Thank you Hornet. Would your friend be happy to divulge his thoughts so far on the 410 after the 380 do you think?

Interesting Seriouslylotus, are you thinking a 380’s road bias is more suited than the 410 to someone who will be on track a few percent of the time, but it gives the option to move more track focus in the future?
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380 is usually very hi spec, with lots of carbon etc etc, Pick the right car and add some power and you have a blisteringly quick great looking car for less money
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Thank you Seriouslylotus, any thoughts on road poise for the 410 versus non-Nitron 380 ... will the 2/3 ways always give the best results (probably stooopid question I guess :crazy: )
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EX16FUN wrote: Mon Nov 09, 2020 3:23 pm Thank you Seriouslylotus, any thoughts on road poise for the 410 versus non-Nitron 380 ... will the 2/3 ways always give the best results (probably stooopid question I guess :crazy: )
To be honest i wouldn't have either of those suspension set ups, If the 410 has nitrons it will have 1100 rear springs and 3 way adjustment, we found to be to firm on the road for what we where looking for. I think the nitron with correct springs and valving gives the best of both worlds....I.E.A set of well developed one ways with appropriate springs
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Would you like to expand further ... ? 380 plus what equals ‘better than 410’?
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