2008 Lotus Exige  -  $61,925

Vehicle Details

MSRP: $61,925
Base Invoice: $0
Destination Charge: $925
Options: $0
Trim: 2dr Coupe S
Doors: 2
Drive train: Rear Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: | City: 20 | Hwy: 26
Body Style: 2dr Coupe S
Transmission: 6-speed manual transmission w/OD
Engine: 1.8L DOHC MPFI 16-valve VVTL-i supercharged mid-mounted I4 engine

Model Highlights

The 2008 Lotus Exige takes the popular Elise to another level, stripping the minimalist car down to its most basic performance-oriented essentials. The result is a nimble road and track weapon that can easily trounce cars with two, three, and even four times the power.

As if the 218-horsepower Exige S was not enough, Lotus has added two even more aggressive models for 2008--one in power, the other in options. They are the Exige S 240 and a limited-production Exige Club Racer. All Exige cars have an epoxy-bonded aluminum chassis and feature a mid-mounted, supercharged, Toyota-sourced 1.8L I4 with dual overhead cams and variable valve timing, which drives the rear wheels through a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission and a single-plate dry clutch.

In the Exige S, the unit develops 218 horsepower at 8,000 rpm, with 156 lb-ft of torque coming on at 5,000 rpm. This is good enough to get the car to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds, with a top speed of 150. The Exige S 240 employs an even bigger blower, which produces 240 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and 170 lb-ft at 5,500. The added power gets the car to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds.

The Club Racer is basically an Exige S in special CR Blue with contrasting black striping and bodywork, and fitted with upgraded brakes and suspension, premium stereo, and other interior goodies from the options bin.

Suspension across the range is fully independent, with gas dampers, coaxial coil springs, and a front sway bar. Four-wheel vented disc brakes with ABS are standard. The cars ride on matte black alloy wheels, and each uses sticky 16-inch front and 17-inch rear Yokohama tires.

Visually, the Exige certainly looks the business, with all manner of deep intakes, scoops, vents, splitters, and spoilers employed to keep the car hunkered down at high speeds and cool enough to maintain them.

The interior is fairly barebones, as the Exige is far from a luxury car. Black cloth sport seats are standard, as is air conditioning, a leather-trimmed Momo steering wheel, tailgate release, and an Alpine four-speaker CD stereo.

Option packages for the Exige S and S 240 include a Touring Package, which adds full leather seat and door trim, an upgraded stereo with iPod connectivity, extra sound deadening, and full carpets. A Track Package includes adjustable suspension, while standalone options are a limited-slip differential, various exclusive paints, and a protective exterior film called Starshield. No optional equipment is available for the Club Racer.


Ultimate track toy; razor-sharp handling and balance; lightweight; rarity; new, more powerful versions; decent fuel economy.

Model News

Lotus adds two new models to its Exige lineup for 2008. Bolstering the solid performance of the supercharged 218-horsepower Exige S is the new 240-horsepower Exige S 240, as well as a limited-production Exige S Club Racer, with just 20 units slated for U.S. delivery. The S240 starts at $64,890, while the exclusive Club Racer slots in at $67,995.

New additions to all Exige cars include a revised instrument cluster with added vehicle information, a softer dashboard, and an alarm with engine immobilizer. New color options have been added as well.

Value Writeup

As a street-legal, race-worthy car that will get you nearly 30 mpg if you treat it right, the 2008 Lotus Exige is in a league of its own. Lightweight, powerful, agile, and extremely quick, the Exige allows for blistering driving in nearly any condition. The addition of the even more powerful S 240 only ups the ante in the track-toy game, while the Club Racer goes all in.

Rear Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
26 MPG

Cruising Range - City
212.00 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
20 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
275.60 mi

Engine Type
Gas I4


Fuel System

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
218 @ 8000

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
156 @ 5000

Trans Type

Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD

First Gear Ratio (:1)

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

Reverse Ratio (:1)

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

EPA Classification
Two Seater

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Volume
41.0 ft³

90.5 in

Length, Overall
149.5 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
72.8 in

Height, Overall
45.6 in

Track Width, Front
57.4 in

Track Width, Rear
59.3 in

Min Ground Clearance
4.1 in

Base Curb Weight
2077 lbs

Suspension Type - Front

Suspension Type - Rear

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Front Tire Size

Rear Tire Size

Front Wheel Size
16 x 6 in

Rear Wheel Size
17 x 7.5 in

Front Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material

Steering Type

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
32.8 ft

Brake Type

Brake ABS System

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
10.6 gal

Basic Years

Basic Miles/km

Drivetrain Years

Drivetrain Miles/km

Corrosion Years

Corrosion Miles/km

1.8L DOHC MPFI 16-valve VVTL-i supercharged mid-mounted I4 engine

6-speed manual transmission w/OD

Traction control

Rear wheel drive

Lightweight aluminum chassis

Independent front/rear suspension w/Eibach coaxial coil springs, Bilstein gas shock absorbers & unequal length wishbones

Front stabilizer bar

Pwr rack & pinion steering

Front AP Racing/rear Brembo pwr vented cross-drilled disc brakes

4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)

Stainless steel silencer w/dual chrome exhaust tips

16" x 6" 7-spoke matte black forged alloy front wheels

17" x 7.5" 7-spoke matte black forged alloy rear wheels

P195/50R16 Yokohama A048 Advan LTS ultra performance front tires

P225/45R17 Yokohama A048 Advan LTS ultra performance rear tires

Inflatable spare tire kit

Composite fiberglass body

Sculpted roof

Underbody aero cladding

Front air dam

Body color front splitter, body color side scoops

Body color rear wing

Black mesh front brake ducts, black engine bay outlet, black radiator outlet

Aerodynamic rear diffuser

Front mud guards

High intensity projection beam headlights

LED taillights

Daytime running lights

Dual body color manual mirrors

Tinted glass

Intermittent windshield wiper

Alpine AM/FM stereo w/CD player, (4) speakers

Front bucket sport seats w/manual recline & integral headrests

Black cloth seat trim w/ProBax anatomical padding

Carpet foot mats

Leather-wrapped Momo steering wheel

Instrumentation-inc: high definition LCD message panel, customizable display options, progressive shift lights, tachometer

Tire pressure monitor

Pwr central locking

Remote keyless entry system w/multi-function remote

Anti-theft system w/immobilizer & alarm

Engine start button

Interior tailgate release

Air conditioning

Aluminum trimmed shift knob & handbrake sleeve

Leather & cloth door trim

Dual sun visors

4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)

Driver & passenger airbags

Front outboard 3-point seatbelts

Traction control

Daytime running lights

Side guard door beams










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