The Lotus Exige S - breathtaking performance from the fastest accelerating Lotus ever to come off the production line.A small lightweight sportscar weighing just 2057 lbs, powered by 218 hp high revving supercharged engine, giving a zero to 60 mph time of just 4.1 seconds. It comes straight off the production line and isn’t an “aftermarket special”.
The Lotus Exige S is the latest addition to the Exige range and is a real sportscar that redefines the term “Extreme Performance”. With 121.4 hp / 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 233.2 hp/tonne, performance is phenomenal, with 60 mph being reached from a standing start in 4.1 seconds and 100 mph being reached in 9.98 seconds (estimate) before topping out at 148 mph. Inspite of this phenomenal performance the fuel economy is impressive with an official combined figure of 31.0 mpg - extra urban is an impressive 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!
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.