Agility and sheer grip; astonishing straight-line acceleration; race-ready yet street-legal
Standard Exiges come in two variants-the Exige S240 makes 240 horsepower, while the Exige S260 makes almost that--257 hp. Both models use a 1.8L supercharged Toyota-sourced 4-cylinder engine, mounted in back, with a 6-speed manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive.
Of the two, the Exige S260 is the pick for pure track use, as it has 17 more horsepower and an improved power-to-weight ratio, thanks to the use of carbon fiber panels that replace the normal roof, engine cover, intake ducts and other components, altogether reducing the vehicle weight by 50 pounds.
Both Exige models use a special structure made of epoxy-bonded aluminum extrusions, with an integral steel structure and lightweight steel subframe. The outer body is made of composite fiberglass, while some other components, like the fuel door are made of aluminum. The very swoopy exterior is accented front and back with projector-beam headlamps and LED taillights.
Altogether, the mid-engine Exige is very light, weighing just over 2,000 pounds. The combination of a stiff, unequal-length wishbone suspension, adjustable anti-sway bars and wide tires give the Exige tenacious grip. They're good in a straight line too; the S260 can get to 60 mph in just four seconds, on its way to a top speed of 150 mph. Both models include launch control, which helps release the clutch at the best possible point for acceleration from a standing start, making those 4-second 0-60 times possible and repeatable.
Standard features on the Exige models include a leather-trimmed Momo steering wheel, air conditioning, push-button start, tinted glass and a 4-speaker (two speakers in the S260) Alpine stereo.
The Exige S240 can be made slightly more civil with the addition of the Touring Pack, which brings leather upholstery, additional sound insulation, full carpet and an iPod connector. Other options include the Track Pack which includes Bilstein dampers and a limited-slip differential among other upgrades.
For 2011, Lotus has produced two limited edition Exiges; the Exige Matte Black Final Edition and the Exige S260 Final Edition. Both are powered by the 257-horsepower supercharged 4-cylinder from the S260 and both feature a high level of standard equipment. The Matte Black edition has special Alcantara sports seats and is of course available in only one color. Only 25 Matte Black and 30 S260 Final Editions will be produced making both models instant collectables.
Closely related to the Elise roadster, the Lotus Exige S is a solid-roof racing-oriented sports car that shines on the track, with excellent grip, handling, braking and overall athletic ability--along with straight-line acceleration that's on par with much more expensive exotics. It's very much a street legal race car with few compromises. That means all but a small group of enthusiasts will be deterred from everyday driving. Considering that--and the Exige's very cramped interior quarters--very few will end up in driveways but more than a few will do plenty of weekend track time.
Vehicle Price: 66,815.00
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