Recent spy shots reveal that Lotus is preparing a facelift version for both the Elise and the Exige that could be powered by a V6 engine. The prototype caught testing featured widened wheel arches and increased cooling. The engine sounded the same as the one used on the Evora .
The Toyota-sourced V6 engine used in the Evora delivers a total of 276bhp and 258lb.-ft. or torque, more than even the top version Exige S that delivers a total of 257bhp and 174lb ft. The addition of this engine could have potential downfalls, however. The added weight could bring the Exige past the 1000kg level which might affect the driving performance.
The spy images also suggest that the Exige might be built on a longer wheelbase. The wheel arches have allowed a modest increase in track and the rear wheels appear to be sitting slightly further back in the chassis.