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Lotus Exige S
Date: February 10, 2006
The Lotus Exige S – breathtaking performance from the fastest accelerating Lotus ever to come off the production line
Is this the quickest ever real-world production car?
The Lotus Exige S is the latest addition to the Exige range and is a real sportscar that redefines the term “Extreme Performance”. With 90.5 kW / litre (121.4 hp / litre, 123 PS / litre), it is one of most powerful production cars in the world for its engine size but most importantly it has full type approval for all the markets in which it will be sold. The Lotus Exige S is not a limited edition, nor is it an aftermarket special – it is manufactured from start to finish in the world leading and award winning Lotus Manufacturing facility at Hethel, Norfolk.
Because the basic car is so immensely strong but lightweight (935 kg, 2057 lbs), giving a power to weight ratio of 173.8 kW/tonne (233.2 hp/tonne, 236.4 PS/tonne), performance is phenomenal, with 100 km/h being reached from a standing start in 4.3 seconds (0 – 60 mph in 4.1 seconds) and 160 km/h (100 mph) being reached in 9.98 seconds (estimate) before topping out at 238 km/h (148 mph). Inspite of this phenomenal performance the fuel economy is impressive with an official combined figure of 9.1 litres / 100 km (31.0 mpg) - extra urban is an impressive 7.2 litres / 100 km (39.2 mpg). Lotus believes that there is no car on sale anywhere in the world that has such good performance combined with such good fuel economy! Not that many customers will be buying this car principally for its fuel economy!!
Being a Lotus, straight-line performance is not the most important factor, but every day driving on normal
roads, or around a circuit is. There are very few cars on sale today that can match the speed, agility and
safety of the Exige S in both day to day and track or circuit driving.
However the Exige S is not just a track day warrior. It is a sportscar that would be at home on the back roads, freeways and autobahns, as well as on city streets. With an extremely "torquey" engine and the classic Lotus suspension set-up of soft compliant springs and firm controllable dampers, the driving experience is an uncanny combination of telepathic-like handling with a taught and comfortable ride. There is really no car that handles quite like a Lotus.
Clive Dopson, Managing Director of Lotus Cars says, “The Exige S represents the ultimate “extreme” production Lotus, with performance that trumps other supercars costing twice or even three times as much. That it does so with the fuel economy of a family hatchback, stands as a testament to the Lotus concept of performance through light weight. Its an unbeatable package and an unbeatable drive.”
The Driving Experience
What does acceleration feel like in a Lotus Exige S? First of all the feeling of acceleration is mildly addictive. Few vehicles, aside from racing cars, motorbikes and extreme theme-park rides, can pull this amount of g-force under acceleration, braking and cornering. This gives a safe, but fun (even exhilarating) experience that you can only get from such a finely honed sportscar.
A slightly redesigned air intake and roof scoop has been added to the Exige S to ensure that the air to air intercooler works as efficiently and effectively as possible in all climates and environments.
A single oval exhaust exits from the centre of the undertray.
Aerodynamics is the key
This class leading aerodynamic package is provided through the contribution of the following components:
The Legendary Chassis and Body
The body of the Lotus Exige S remains unchanged from the Exige, as it is already a winning formula that is both effective and stunning to look at. However, the key body components of the rear wing, front splitter and side air intakes are body colour coded to differentiate it from its naturally aspirated cousin.
The Lotus T4e Engine Management System.
Market Positioning and Pricing
The Lotus Exige S is priced at:
Lotus Sport Exige Competition
Date: February 5, 2006
Lotus has announced that it will bring 12 Sport Exige Competition version to the US. The cars will be for track use only and not street legal, and therefore not have any implied or written warranty.
> Front - 7.0J x 16, Rear - 8.0J x 17
> Remote front reservoirs and threaded spring perches
> Separate compression and rebound adjustments
Deleted street items:
Pricing and Optional Equipment
> Standard Paint: N/C
> Metallic Paint: $590
> Lifestyle Paint: $1200
Ratios - First 3.17:1
Only 12-15 cars will be offered at 1 per dealer on a first come first served basis
After the first 12-15 orders have been taken, the remaining orders will be placed in queue on a waiting list on a first come first served basis, if Lotus Sport determines to build any additional units.
Lotus Exige “Espionage”
Date: September 8, 2005
Lotus Exige “Espionage” makes fashionable entrance at Harrods Truly British Event
Lotus Cars, the sportscar manufacturer, and Gieves & Hawkes, the Savile Row tailor, have conspired to form two of the most fashionable accessories for the modern day spy. The collaboration of the British brands is part of Truly British at Harrods, which runs until 15 October, showcasing the best this country has to offer, revelling in the fascinating melting pot of cultures that makes Britain Great.
Creating the ultimate vehicle for the secret agent demands a flair for creativity and a passion for engineering the latest innovations, therefore making Lotus the perfect candidate. With proven experience from the Lotus Esprit, made famous for its starring role in a couple of the James Bond films such as the “The Spy Who Loved Me”, the Lotus Design Team led by Chief Designer, Russell Carr, was able to develop the one-off Lotus Exige “Espionage.”
Based on the standard 189 hp Lotus Exige, the coupé sportscar combines the elegant sophistication of the Gieves & Hawkes collection with the engineering ingenuity and style of the high performance trackcar-for-the road. Complementing the Gieves & Hawkes-designed bespoke classic navy pin striped Spy Suit, the Lotus Exige features a navy exterior and a central white pinstripe flash. Inside the car, the design philosophy has been extended to the seat upholstery (squab and cushion), door inserts and dashboard, using the same Gieves & Hawkes pinstripe wool cloth used in the Spy Suit.
Silk, used in the lining of the suit has been used to clad the back of the seats. The interior also boasts tailor-made leather floormats with “eyelet” detailing, taking cues from the classic shoes worn by the ultimate English secret agent.
Commenting on the unique Lotus and Gieves & Hawkes partnership, Clive Dopson, Managing Director of Lotus Cars, explains, “In this prestigious celebration of British lifestyle and culture, it has been an exciting opportunity to change the rules, combining the style and elegance of fashion with the interior design of a high performance sportscar. To be associated with a fashion collection such as Gieves & Hawkes, synonymous with a rich tailoring heritage, has provided a unique platform for the demonstration of the design qualities which make Lotus cars such an exciting and special driving experience.”
The Lotus Exige “Espionage” and Gieves & Hawkes Spy Suit will be on display in The British Tailoring Room, on Ground at Harrods, until 15 October, 2005. Following the high level of interest, the one-off Lotus Exige “Espionage” is to be retailed at the on the road price of £39,995 following the event.
Uniquely tailored features of the Lotus Exige “Espionage”:
Exige Order Guide
Date: September 26, 2005
Presentation slides with information on ordering a US Exige. (courtesy of elisetalk.com)
Lotus Exige Coming to America.
Date: September 1, 2005
Following a record-breaking first year of sales for the Lotus Elise roadster, Lotus Cars USA will begin importing the Elise’s aggressive twin brother, the Lotus Exige. While a family resemblance to the Elise can be seen in the Exige’s bodywork, every body panel is new except for the doors. The Exige is narrowly focused on taking the Elise’s excellent handling to an even higher level of performance.
“Bringing the Exige to America allows us to reinforce our commitment to pure sports car enthusiasts” said John English, president and CEO of Lotus Cars USA. “The Exige is unique in its ability to provide incredible track capability in a package that can be driven to and from the track.”
Using the award-winning Elise chassis as a starting point, the Exige adds aerodynamic bodywork that produces nearly 100 pounds of downforce at 100 miles per hour. This is exceptional compared to the lift most cars produce at this speed. This additional downforce allows Exige to corner faster than the Elise and therefore makes it nearly 2 seconds faster around Lotus’ famous Hethel test track. New bodywork includes an aerodynamic splitter at the lower edge of the front bodywork, a sculpted hardtop and engine bay cover, side intake scoops and a rear wing. While the additional bodywork adds about 30 pounds to the weight of an Elise, the Exige will still weigh just slightly more than 2000 pounds.
All the trim including the splitter, rear wing, side scoops, rear diffuser and wheels are finished in black to add to the Exige’s aggressive look. The radiator outlet, front brake vents and engine bay outlets are finished with black mesh.
Since the focus is performance, the forged wheels, ultra high performance Yokohama A048 tires, stiffer suspension and twin oil coolers from the Elise Sport Pack are standard equipment. Sport seats are also standard and all 20 exterior colors from the 2006 Lotus palet will be available. In keeping with the black trim theme, black will be the only interior color for both the standard cloth and the Touring Pack leather.
For those looking to slightly tame the Exige, a Touring package will be available with leather seats and door panels, full carpeting, additional sound insulation and an upgraded stereo system. For those looking to add even more edge, a Limited Slip Differential, traction control and an air conditioning delete option should do the trick.
Since the bodywork on the Exige is “hand-laid” and the rest of the car is hand assembled, production will be limited to 300 to 350 cars for the U.S. The MSRP will be $50,990 when Exiges begin to arrive early in the first quarter of 2006.
Options include the following:
New Exige to Change the Rules
With Lotus Design working in conjunction with Lotus engineering and aerodynamic teams to achieve an optimum driving experience, the Exige performs as dynamically as it looks. Powered by a 1.8 litre 4 cylinder 16 valve engine with VVTL-i variable valve technology and mated to a close ratio six-speed manual gearbox, the Exige will sweep effortlessly past 60mph in under 5 seconds whilst breaking the 140mph mark with ease. With an output of 190bhp, the Toyota Motor Corporation manufactured engine is perfectly suited to the Exige, revving to around 8350rpm.
As with any Lotus, perfect dynamics are key to the product. Tuned by Lotus’ world famous Ride and Handling team, every conceivable component, such as suspension, wheels and tyres have been developed to provide the ultimate performance both on and off the track.
The Exige will be unveiled at the 2004 Geneva Motorshow for the UK, Europe and Asia-Pacific markets. Details of specifications and price will be announced closer to this unveiling date.
The K-Series engine will continue to be used within the Elise range for the foreseeable future.