The Lotus Exige S has always been one of our favorite sports cars . It carries an unmatched design that oozes sportiness and aggression, plus it houses a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that pumps out 345 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. That enables the Exige S to speed from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds with a top speed of 170 mph. Those are impressive credentials for the Exige S, a car that Lotus has apparently deemed fit to use as the basis for the Exige LF1, a special-edition model that pays homage to the company’s success in Formula One .
Lotus developed the Exige LF1 as a shout-out to its 81 Formula One victories. That’s why the automaker will offer only 81 examples, ensuring that the LF1 remains as exclusive as any sports car Lotus has created in its long and esteemed history.
Unique modifications are at the heart of the changes made to the Exige LF1. These upgrades ensure the exclusivity of the model, while also giving customers a unique education on the success the company has had in Formula One racing.
Lotus plans to debut the Lotus Exige LF1 simultaneously in two separate locations. A right-hand-drive version of the model is currently on display at the Canary Wharf Motorexpo in London where it will remain until Sunday, June 15th. A left-hand-drive, European-spec model will make its debut at the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans June 11th through June 15, 2014.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Lotus Exige LF1 Limited Edition.
The most compelling aspect of the Lotus Exige LF1 is the automaker’s use of the iconic black and gold livery that has adorned Lotus Formula One cars to this day. The matching red accents are also a hat tip to the legendary F1 colors.
Gold is well represented on the 17- or 18-inch matte-finished, five-spoke, cast-alloy wheels that are wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo tires. A stylistically pleasing racing red and gold racing stripe also makes its way onto the body, running the length of the roof and the hood. A black and gold Lotus nose badge is also part of the unique exterior package.
Rounding out the exterior mods are the obligatory "LF1" badges.
The interior of the Exige LF1 definitely screams "limited edition." In here, you’ll find the same black and gold treatment highlighted by a bespoke leather trim and technical fabric seductively colored in black and complemented by gold piping and stitching.
Embroidered logos also make prominent appearances in the cabin, including "LF1" logos on the headrests and floor mats, and "Lotus F1 Team" logos on the seat backs. Each of the 81 available models also received individually numbered, limited-edition, carbon-fiber build plates representing all of Lotus’ Formula victories, beginning with its first triumph at the 1960 Monaco GP all the way to Kimi Raikkonen’s triumph at the Australian Grand Prix last year.
The overall look and feel of the Exige LF1’s cabin exudes class and exclusivity, the kind you only get with a car that’s been created to serve a specific purpose.
The special-edition Exige retains its 3.5-liter, V-6 engine with no power upgrades, so expect to see 345 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque on this model. Even without any engine modifications, this 81-off Exige can still blast to to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds to go with a top speed of 170 mph. This special model does, however, come with the Race Pack, which adds in the 4 Mode Lotus Dynamic Performance Management system that includes launch control, an exhaust-bypass valve and optimized suspension settings.
If you’re going to go fat, then you need to stop fast too, so Lotus includes two-piece rotors to help aid in heat dissipation and reduce stopping distances.
The only bit of disappointment is the car’s fuel consumption in the city, which indicates returns of just 19 mpg. Fortunately, highway driving is much more fuel efficient at 37 mpg while the combined rating of 28 mpg is equally impressive.
|Type||3.5 liter V-6|
|Horsepower||345 HP @ 7,000 rpm|
|Torque||295 LB-FT @ 4,500 rpm|
|0-60 mph||3.8 Seconds|
|Top Speed||170 MPH|
Lotus is only building 81 models of the Exige LF1. No word yet on how much it’s going to cost, although it’s likely that the sports coupe will sell for somewhere around &euro66,000 (about $90,000 as of 6/10/2014). It should be no surprise that none of these models are earmarked for the U.S., as the Exige is not approved to roam our streets as of the 2014 model year.
For those lucky enough to get one of the 81 available models, Lotus is throwing in a handful of cool freebies, including a factory tour for two people of the company’s production plant in Hethel, England. Another factory tour for two is also being given away, this time at Lotus F1 Team’s headquarters in Enstone, England, as well as a collector’s edition owner’s pack that includes an Exige LF1 Membership card, giving members as much as 20-percent discounts on Lotus Originals and Heritage merchandise and 10-percent savings on the F1 team’s replica collection. A 1:2 scale replica helmet of Roman Grosjean is also part of the freebies, as are a Lotus F1 car key fob and a USB stick.
The Porsche Cayman was only introduced in 2006, but in its short time, it has established quite a reputation as the baby Porsche.
The latest iteration of the Cayman was presented as a 2015 Cayman GTS model. The new Cayman GTS features an aggressive exterior design that serves as a nice complement to its incredibly powerful 3.4-liter, flat-six engine that develops 340 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers represent a 15-horsepower improvement over the 2014 model and 7 added pound-feet of torque. Taken together, the 2015 Cayman GTS is capable of hitting 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds to go with a top speed of 177 mph.
The 2015 Porsche Cayman GTS runs $76,195, including the $995 destination charge. That’s right in the ball park of what the Lotus Exige sells for, making these two cars about as close as competitors can be.
We’ve already lamented how the lack of attention given to the BMW M235i is inexcusable. Sure, it doesn’t carry the same level of prestige as its M big brothers, but the M235i is still more than capable of being a fringe competitor to the Lotus Exige.
First of all, it carries BMW’s fresher and sharper design aesthetics. Complementing that is a 3.0-liter, inline six-cylinder engine equipped with TwinPower Turbo technology, allowing the car to produce 322 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. It’s not as fast off the block as the Exige, but it’s 0-to-60-mph time of 4.8 seconds and 155-mph top speed are still impressive performance numbers.
One other thing the BMW M235i has going for it is its price tag, which is $44,025. That’s a lot cheaper than what you would’ve spent on a Lotus Exige, let alone the ultra limited Exige LF1 Edition.
Gallery BMW M235i Coupe
There’s a lot to love about the Lotus Exige LF1. The F1-inspired colors look great on the sports Exige, but it’s the interior that really sets it apart from other special-edition models we’ve seen in the past. Black and gold really looks good when done correctly, and Lotus got it perfect. But it is still sad to see that this sexy Exige will not make it to the U.S., but we’ve gotten used to that as of late.
- You won’t want to leave the cabin once you’re inside
- Fancy black and gold livery brings out the F1 soul in the Exige LF1
- Limited quantities
- Not available in the US
- Would have been nice to have engine upgrades
Gallery Lotus Exige LF1 Limited Edition
Fuelled by the excitement and anticipation of the 2014 Formula 1® season, Lotus gives its Exige S range a shot of race adrenaline with the Exige LF1 limited edition.
This summer 81 Lotus Exige S cars will receive a Lotus F1® Team inspired livery and interior trim to commemorate the number of grand prix victories held by the Lotus marque*,
Delivering race-car thrills on the road and track, the critically acclaimed supercharged 3.5l V6 Exige S is well known for its focussed dynamic performance, now, with a striking bespoke black and gold paint scheme with red accents and gold 17” front and 18” rear cast alloy wheels, the Exige LF1 leaves no doubt as to its heritage or indeed to its intention!
The Exige LF1 is a car that begs to be driven; inside the meticulously designed black and gold interior ensures that the driver and passenger environment evokes the spirit of competition, the sporty details a continuity of the Formula 1® inspired scheme.
Exclusivity and performance are at the heart of the Exige LF1; each car will be individually numbered with its own limited edition carbon fibre build plate and loaded rich with extras such as the Exige Race Pack with Dynamic Performance Management system, two-piece high performance brake discs and high-performance Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo tyres. For those drivers wanting to optimise their Exige LF1 optional Convenience Pack, heated seats and rear parking sensors are available.
Designed with Lotus fans firmly in mind, the Lotus Exige LF1 brings to life the iconic black and gold livery of the 1970s and 1980s. A blend of heritage and modernity, the Exige LF1 pays homage to the great Lotus Formula 1 cars of yesteryear yet incorporates the pallet and sophistication of today’s E22. Each of the 81 limited edition cars will sequentially celebrate a specific Grand Prix from car #1 commemorating Lotus’ first GP victory at Monaco in 1960 to car #81 marking Kimi Raikkonen’s win at Australia in 2013.
Not only will Exige LF1 owners be guaranteed an exclusive driving experience, but they will also automatically become Exige LF1 Members. Exige LF1 Membership offers a real Lotus F1 experience including a behind the scenes tour of the Lotus Cars and Lotus F1® Team factories and a range of Lotus F1® Team gifts and memorabilia.
Jean-Marc Gales, Lotus CEO explained, “Lotus’ DNA is borne of the Formula one® arena and with 65 years of motorsport racing experience, 40 of those in F1® it’s fitting we celebrate our sporting origins and our race successes with the new Exige LF1. 81 limited edition cars, each one an acknowledgement to each of Lotus’ 81 Grand Prix wins, this car is intended for the truest of Lotus’ racing fans.”
The Exige LF1 makes its public debut during the second week of June, showcased in its right-hand drive guise at the Canary Wharf Motorexpo in London from Monday 9 June until Sunday 15 June and simultaneously in its left-hand drive European-spec at Le Mans 24 hours from Wednesday 11 June to Sunday 15 of June 2014.
Visitors to the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed can see the Exige LF1 on display from 26 until 29 June.
For more details about Lotus’ activities at these events please visit the ‘Events’ section of our website 4lot.us/events
The Exige LF1 Special edition in detail
Bespoke black and gold livery with red accents
Bespoke exterior badges incorporating ‘LF1’ logo
Exclusive black and gold ‘Lotus’ nose badge and wheel centres
Bespoke trim in leather and technical fabric featuring black and gold design with gold contrast piping and stitching details
Embroidered ‘LF1’ logos on headrests and floor mats
Embroidered ‘Lotus F1® Team’ logo on seat backs
Matt gold 5-spoke 17”/18”cast alloy wheels
Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo Tyres
Two-piece high performance brake discs
Red brake calipers
Individually numbered limited edition carbon fibre build plate
Bespoke carbon fibre engine plate
Rear parking sensors
The Lotus Exige LF1 special edition comes with the following Formula 1® package within the purchase price of the car:
– A factory tour for 2 people of the Lotus Cars production facility at Hethel
– A factory tour for 2 people of the Lotus F1® Team headquarters at Enstone
– Collector’s edition owner’s pack including Exige LF1 Membership card entitling members to 20% discount on Lotus Originals and Heritage ranges and 10% off Lotus F1® Team Replica collection
– Romain Grosjean 1:2 scale replica helmet
– Lotus F1® car key fob
– Lotus F1® Team USB stick
Max Power; 345 hp (350 PS) at 7000 rpm
Max Torque; 295 lbft (400 Nm) at 4500 rpm
0-60 mph; 3.8 seconds
0-100 km/h; 4.0 seconds
Max Speed; 170 mph (274 km/h)
Weight; 1176 kg
The Lotus Exige LF1 is available to customers in all Global markets (excluding the USA).
Fuel consumption for Exige S; Urban 19.5 mpg – 14.5 litres / 100km. Extra urban 37.2 mpg – 7.6 litres / 100km. Combined – 28.0 mpg – 10.1 litres / 100km.
CO2 emissions 236g CO2 / km.