2012 - 2015 Lotus Exige S

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Lotus has added an auto transmission to the Exige’s option list, and it’s quicker than the manual.
  • Lotus Exige S
  • Year:
    2012- 2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    345
  • Displacement:
    3.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.8 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    172 mph
  • Price:
    77000 (Est.)
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Ladies and gentlemen, the wait is over! After months of speculation, Lotus has finally unveiled the new Exige S. This "ultimate lightweight high performance sportscar" comes bearing a new look inside and out, as well as a brand new engine that adds over 100 HP to the car’s output.

The look of the 2012 Lotus Exige S still claims it as an Exige, but the add-ons provided smooth out the sports car’s look, while still adding a certain degree of aggression to the design. The Exige S now carries a new front splitter that reveals a cleaner line across the front of the car and a smaller rear spoiler, both of which still improve the vehicle’s aerodynamics.

As for power, the Exige S is now working with a mid-mounted, transverse 3.5 liter DOHC V6 VVI-i engine that delivers a total of 345 HP, a far cry from the previously used 257 HP 1.8L Toyota supercharged I4. The reason for this massive upgrade is clear when the car’s weight gets introduced into the equation. The previous model claimed 2,077 lbs, while the new Exige S plumps up at 2,380 lbs. Once the added weight gets brought in, the Exige S’ 0-60 mph time is still better, coming in at 3.8 seconds (from a previous time of 4.0 seconds) and its top speed hikes up to 170 mph (up from a previous 145 mph).

Lotus will also be offering a Lotus DPM (Dynamic Performance Management) switch that allows the driver to switch between three driving modes: Touring, Sport, and DPM off. An optional Race Pack also gets thrown in to add a fourth driving mode (Race) to the mix, for the ultimate Lotus Exige S experience.

Updated 10/24/2014: Lotus just announced that the Exige S will alsobe offered with an automatic transmission. The new option will add about $3k to the car’s final list, but it’s a pretty nice addition if you’re not too anxious about driving with a stick. Details after the jump.

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Someone Slapped a Harrop TVS1900 Supercharger onto a Series-3 Lotus Exige and the Result Will Knock Your Socks Off

Someone Slapped a Harrop TVS1900 Supercharger onto a Series-3 Lotus Exige and the Result Will Knock Your Socks Off

More powerful than even the range-topping Lotus Exige Cup 430

The third-generation Lotus Exige is a light, nimble, and quite quick sports car that’s at home on the track. However, for some, the Exige doesn’t cut it in stock trim. For those people, here’s the 500-horsepower Exige fitted with a Harrop TVS1900 supercharger that’s taking no prisoners on any road course.

The current Exige has been in production for nigh on seven years now and it Lotus has periodically revised their recipe adding more power and, as per Colin Chapman’s ethos, subtracting weight. Last year, Lotus unveiled the Cup 430 which develops 430-horsepower and weighs barely 2,300 pounds. It came just a year after the Cup 380 which was described by Lotus’ CEO as "so good, that it is no longer the best in class, it’s now in a class of its own."

Can this monstrosity be even better than the two factory-built track cars?

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Hennessey Thinks 311 MPH is Possible With New F5 Venom

Hennessey Thinks 311 MPH is Possible With New F5 Venom

Automaker is calling its own shot with a top speed run that could send the Venom F5 straight to the record books

Hennessey claims that a prototype version of the Venom F5 is ready to begin testing sometime in 2019 with the goal of hitting 311 mph. Notice that Hennessey is overshooting the unicorn speed of 300 mph? That’s because the company believes that the F5 is capable of going well beyond the threshold number. Once the prototype version of the Venom F5 is ready to test its worth in the heavily anticipated top speed wars, we’ll know for sure if it can back up the hype surrounding its 1,600-horsepower bullet.

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Lotus Celebrates 70th Anniversary in Typical Lotus Fashion

Lotus Celebrates 70th Anniversary in Typical Lotus Fashion

Burnouts were in order, and the company obliged

Lotus is turning 70 years old today, and like anybody who reaches that ripe age, the British automaker celebrated it by creating a not-so-subtle “70th tribute logo” using burnt rubber from two of the company’s most popular models: the Exige and Evora 410 Sport. The tire-burning/logo-creating session took place on the skid pad of Lotus’ test track in Hethel, England. No CGIs were used in the making of the video, though Lotus did cop to using more tires than it probably wanted to.

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2018 Lotus Exige Type 49 and Type 79

2018 Lotus Exige Type 49 and Type 79

Paying tribute to legendary Formula One cars

The third-generation Lotus Exige is six years old as of 2018 and a bit long in the tooth. A brand-new model is underway, but the Brits are keeping things interesting for the current model by building all sorts of special editions. At the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Lotus paid tribute to two of its most iconic race cars with the Exige Type 49 and Exige Type 79.

Both cars celebrate the company’s past glory in Formula One. The Exige Type 49 marks 50 years since Graham Hill won both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships in the Type 49, while the Exige Type 49 marks 40 years since Mario Andretti did the same with the Type 79. The former race from 1967 through 1970 and won two championships, while also scoring podiums in each season. The Type 79’s career was a bit shorter, from 1978 through 1979.

Both Exige models were crafted by Lotus Exclusive, the brand’s recently established bespoke division. Let’s find out more about them below.

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Lotus Celebrates F1 Glory with Custom Exige Models at Goodwood FoS

Lotus Celebrates F1 Glory with Custom Exige Models at Goodwood FoS

Lotus Exclusive at its best!

Lotus has yet to redesign any of its aging models, but it keeps coming up with exciting special-edition versions. The latest on the list are the Exige Type 49 and Type 79, which were introduced at the2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed to mark two of the company’s most important Formula One milestones.

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2018 Lotus Exige Sport 410

2018 Lotus Exige Sport 410

Toeing the line between the street and the track

The apex-hungry engineers over at Lotus are at it again, releasing yet another tuned-and-tweaked version of the most-excellent Exige. This time, it’s called the Sport 410, and it slots between the Exige Cup 430 and Exige Sport 350 as a replacement for the Exige Sport 380, offering a harder edge than the Sport 350, but a more forgiving A-to-B drive experience than the Cup 430.

Continue reading to learn what makes the Lotus Exige Sport 410 special.

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2018 Lotus Exige Cup 430 Type 25

2018 Lotus Exige Cup 430 Type 25

This is Lotus’ special edition homage to the Type 25 F1 racer, and it is glorious

What do you call a special edition car that’s based on a special edition car? A special, special edition? Whatever it is, the Lotus Exige Cup 430 Type 25 fits the bill. It’s a special edition version of the special edition Exige Cup 430. It’s limited to just 25 units, and its scarcity is attributed to the Lotus Type 25, the first F1 car that came with a stressed monocoque chassis that ultimately became the blueprint for all future F1 racers. The Type 25 also happens to be the same racer that gave Lotus its first driver’s and constructor’s championships. If these distinctions aren’t enough to make it worthy of receiving a special edition model, I don’t know what it’s going to take to get one.

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2017 Lotus Exige Cup 430

2017 Lotus Exige Cup 430

Hethel does it again with the fastest street Exige yet!

First introduced in 2000, the Lotus Exige is now well into its third generation, but so far, it stays true to its roots. Offered as a hardtop iteration of the Lotus Elise roadster, the Exige is a two-seater performance coupe that seeks a pure driving experience through low weight and incomparable simplicity. It’s a tempting formula, and as such, Lotus has offered a variety of variants over the years, each upping the ante even higher than the last. The latest Cup 430 is no different. In case you were unaware, “Cup” translates as motorsport-focused in Lotus lingo, which means this machine is even more capable when it comes to dropping the lap times. It’s still street legal, but the barebones approach is stripped down even further with less weight. However, the big story here is the extra power and added aero, all of which combine to make for the fastest road-going Exige ever made.

How fast, exactly? Well, to add science to the conversation, Lotus says the Exige Cup 430 undercuts the Lotus 3-Eleven’s time at its Hethel test circuit by 1.2 seconds, stopping the timer at 1 minute, 24.8 seconds. That makes it the fastest production car to ever lap the track. Impressed? Read on for details.

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Potent Poison – Hennessey Venom F5 Vs. Hennessey Venom GT

Potent Poison – Hennessey Venom F5 Vs. Hennessey Venom GT

Breaking down the two toxins from Texas

On October 31st, Hennessey Performance Engineering unveiled the Venom F5 hypercar at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Based out of Houston, Texas, the tuner shop flies by the motto “Making Fast Cars Faster Since 1991,” and specializes in adding huge output to sports cars that already tout impressive power numbers from the factory. However, with the Venom F5, HPE takes a step towards full-blown manufacturer territory. As a follow-up to the preceding Lotus-based Venom GT, the Venom F5 took four years to develop, and it’s essentially a brand-new vehicle. Outside, the F5 enjoys a fresh look and new aerodynamics, while under the skin is a bespoke carbon fiber chassis and an updated engine with more displacement and more power. Like the Venom GT before it, the F5 is in the running for fastest car on the planet, challenging the world’s best with claims of 300 mph at the top end. So then – how does it stack up against its forerunner?

To find out, we put together the following comparison piece, analyzing the exteriors, interiors, drivetrain, chassis, and pricing for both. Read on to see how Hennessey made its Venom even more potent.

Continue reading for the full comparison.

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Get Your Simplified Lightness On With The Lotus Exige Cup 380

Get Your Simplified Lightness On With The Lotus Exige Cup 380

The Exige continues down the path towards performance nirvana

Lotus has been pumping out successively quicker iterations of the Exige for several years now, including the Sport 350 unveiled in 2015, and the Sport 380 that dropped early last year. The latest is this – the Exige Cup 380, a car Lotus is calling the “ultimate track-and-back street-legal Lotus.” Essentially an even more focused iteration of the Sport 380, the Cup 380 once again strives for that tried-and-true Lotus performance philosophy, striking a balance between street-legal road car and track-burning race car. It’s a lithe supercar killer sporting revised aero and even less weight, making for a spec sheet absolutely worthy of the green and yellow badge glued to the nose.

The big selling point here is the car’s power-to-weight ratio, with 355 horsepower available to motivate 1 metric ton (2,205 pounds) of curb weight. That means it’ll hit 60 mph in as little as 3.4 seconds, while top speed is rated at 175 mph. But, in addition to lots of straight-line performance, the Lotus also offers lots of stick, generating as much as 200 kg (441 pounds) at speed thanks to an extensive rework of the exterior wings and spoilers. That’s an increase of 43 percent compared to the Exige Sport 380, and combined with more rubber in the rear, the Cup 380 should be an absolute riot on the track. Read on for more info.

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2017 Lotus Exige Race 380

2017 Lotus Exige Race 380

It’s an Exige for U.S. consumption, but will only be served on the racetrack

British sports car maker Lotus first introduced the Exige in the year 2000. The formula was simple – add a fixed roof to the hugely popular mid-engine, RWD, two-door roadster known as the Lotus Elise, and let the sales just roll in. Since its debut, the Exige has offered up three successive generations, plus a slew of special variants, including several track day specials. The last time we saw a race-only Exige was with the Cup R, a V-6-powered destroyer of supercars that dropped cover in 2013 at the Autosport International Show in England. Now, Lotus is offering a new one, and it’s called the Exige Race 380. Essentially a stripped down, simplified, and lightened version of the already stripped down, simple, and lightweight Lotus Exige Sport 380, the Race 380 swaps any semblance of road compromise for hardcore performance and competition-spec hardware. Improvements include updates to the gearbox, suspension, aerodynamics, and electrical systems, yielding a laser-sharp weapon that’s perfect for hunting apexes.

The Race 380’s road-legal equivalent, the Sport 380, debuted late in 2016, tempting enthusiasts with Lotus’ traditionally focused approach to performance. Unfortunately, the Exige doesn’t meet U.S. crash standards, which meant stateside speed lovers were left out in the cold.

Happily, federal regulations don’t really matter when license plates aren’t involved. As such, the track-only Race 380 will be sold on these shores, and although it’s ineligible for road duty, U.S. track rats are sure to scoop up their fair share of units.

So exactly how fast is this thing? To give you an idea, the Race 380 posted a time of 1 minute, 23.5 seconds around Lotus’ test track in Hethel, England, besting the Exige Cup R by an impressive 1.5 seconds. That’s the fastest time of any Exige ever at Hethel, so yeah, it’s quick. Read on for the specifics of what makes it so damn fast.

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2017 Lotus Exige Sport 380

2017 Lotus Exige Sport 380

More lighter, more faster, more awesomer

Lotus was undergoing a bit a crises when its current CEO, Jean-Marc Gales, came onboard in 2014. But after spending nearly forty years in the red, the British brand is back in the black and doing what it does best – making lightweight sports cars for adrenaline-hungry enthusiasts. And that’s very good news indeed, because it means we get machines like this – the Exige Sport 380. Framed as a follow-up to the Sport 350 unveiled late last year, the 380 takes the tried-and-true Exige formula to even greater heights, making for the lightest, most powerful, most downforce-generating, and flat-out fastest model to ever wear the nameplate since it was first introduced in the year 2000. Offered as either a coupe or a roadster, this new range-topper is a bona fide street-legal track terror, packed with OCD weight saving details and legendary handling refinement.

Lotus claims the 380 is aimed at “six-figure supercars,” and looking at the spec sheet, it certainly appears to have all the trappings of a giant slayer.

“We’ve saved something special for our last new car of 2016,” says Gales. “We have built upon the foundations of the excellent Exige Sport 350 and developed a perfectly proportioned, intuitive and attainable supercar for real roads. The cut in weight is drastic and, combined with the hike in power and its enhanced agility, we’ve created something exceptional – far greater than the sum of its parts.”

For the moment, there’s no official word as to whether or not the 380 will come stateside, but if I were to guess, it’s unlikely. That said, Lotus has expressed interest in redoubling its efforts in North America, so maybe there’s a chance yet.

Either way, this is a car that pays attention to the details, so let’s do the same, shall we?

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2017 Lotus Exige 350 Special Edition

2017 Lotus Exige 350 Special Edition

The lightest road-legal Exige built to date

Lotus launched the Exige in 2000 as a coupe version of the Elise, a roadster that’s been in production since 1996. The sports car was updated in 2004, while the more powerful Exige S was introduced in 2006. The Exige received its most recent update in 2012, when the 1.8-liter four-cylinder was replaced with the the Evora’s 3.5-liter V-6. Since then, the Exige S soldiered on mostly unchanged, with an automatic transmission added for the 2015 model year.

Although the third-gen Exige didn’t see major improvements as far as styling goes, it did receive a number of weight-reducing and aero-enhancing elements. In recent years, Lotus also launched many new road-going iterations of the car, as well as a couple of race-spec versions. With 2016 marking the brand’s 60th anniversary, Lotus unleashed the 350 Special Edition.

Based on the Sport 350, the most hardcore road-going variant of the Exige, the 350 Special Edition joins the Evora 400 Hethel Edition and the Elise 250 Special Edition, three cars specifically developed for the anniversary year. Compared to the Sport 350, the 350 Special Edition gains a number of lightweight, performance-enhancing features, as well as unique paint and interior options as standard. It is also limited to only 50 units, which means it will sell out in just a matter of weeks.

"This Exige 350 Special Edition joins the Evora and Elise editions that we have already produced to celebrate our half century in Hethel and our connection to Norfolk. Judging by the demand for the other models, I expect that the Lotus Exige 350 Special Edition will sell out quickly as it combines exclusiveness and limited production wrapped up in a great design," said Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus.

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2017 Lotus Exige Sport 350 Roadster

2017 Lotus Exige Sport 350 Roadster

Less weight & more aero make for a meaner machine

Lotus appears to be making a decent comeback these days. The 2016 Geneva Motor Show saw the performance automaker debut an open-top, lightweight version of its Exige Coupe, which itself made its debut near the end of 2015.

The Exige Sport 350 Roadster takes Lotus’ theme to the maximum. Despite having a removable top – something that normally adds weight – the Exige Sport 350 Roadster is a full 88 pounds lighter than its coupe counterpart thanks to a bevy of lightweight add-ons. This list includes lighter, forged alloy wheels, cross drilled and vented two-piece brake rotors, and a slew of carbon fiber body panels. Now the rear hatch, side air intakes, seats, and front access panel are made from carbon fiber. Even the battery has been replaced with a Lithium-ion unit that weights less.

“We achieved so much when developing the Exige Sport 350, reducing weight and making it even sharper and tightly focused,” says Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus plc. “The Exige Sport 350 Roadster takes this yet further. Yet again we’ve been able to slash weight to produce something that should be on every sports car fan’s wish list.”

Lotus hasn’t messed with the Exige’s powertrain, save for a new six-speed manual transmission that is said to provide better shifts while, of course, cutting weight. For those wanting some injected heritage, Lotus offers an optional trim pack that adds sport seats and door panels covered in classic Lotus colors.

Continue reading to learn more about the Lotus Exige Sport 350 Roadster.

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2016 Lotus Exige Sport 350

2016 Lotus Exige Sport 350

After revamping the Evora, launching the new 3-Eleven, and introducing the Sport and Sport 220 versions of the Elise earlier in 2015, Lotus is now giving enthusiasts a new Exige model to enjoy. Meet the Sport 350, the lightest and fastest Exige to ever leave the company’s Hethel plant.

Though it’s not as powerful as the Exige 360 Cup, the Sport 350 is quicker from 0 to 60 due to the numerous weight-reducing and aero-enhancing solutions it employs. As its name suggests, this Exige is also part of Lotus’ recent revival of the "Sport" badge, which was first used on the Esprit in 1993. The name was discontinued six years later with the Esprit Sport 350, which makes this new Exige somewhat of a spriritual successor of the former.

"With the Exige Sport 350 we took an already phenomenally quick car and made it even faster, more dynamic and more pure, perfectly demonstrating our Lotus design philosophy of ‘lighter and faster’," said Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales.

In many ways, the Sport 350 replaces the recent Exige V6 Cup. Although it was launched only four months ago, the V6 Cup was limited to only 50 units. It’s safe to assume that all were sold out in a matter of weeks and Lotus decided a mass-produced version would be a great idea. And, indeed it is, especially if you’re planning to purchase a no-nonsense sports car anytime soon. Keep reading to find out why.

Updated 12/17/2015: Lotus dropped a first promo video for its latest Exige Sport 350. Hit play to watch the car in action and enjoy the sound of its V-6 engine.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Lotus Exige Sport 350.

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2016 Lotus Exige 360 Cup

2016 Lotus Exige 360 Cup

Lotus is in "full-rebuild" mode, as it continues to roll out updated and new models. Recently we saw the awesomeness that is the 2016 Lotus Evora 400, then the new 2016 Lotus 3-Eleven, and more recently we got a look at a new special-edition version of the Exige.

Dubbed the Exige 360 Cup, this model takes what Lotus began with the 2013 Lotus Exige V6 Cup and pushes it further, with some visual updates and a mild power boost.

So, have I officially given up my cheeky pokes at Lotus now that the brand is starting to show signs of life under its new management?

Continue reading my full review of the Lotus Exige 360 Cup to find out.

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2015 Lotus Exige S Club Racer

2015 Lotus Exige S Club Racer

Lotus launched the Exige in 2000 as a coupe version of the Elise that’s been in production since 1996. The sports car was updated in 2004, while the more powerful Exige S was introduced in 2006. Initially powered by a supercharged, 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine, the Exige S received the Evora’s 3.5-liter V-6 with the arrival of the Series 3 generation in 2012. Since then, the Exige S soldiered on mostly unchanged, although Lotus gave it an automatic transmission for 2015 model year and issued the track-prepped Cup and track-exclusive CupR editions.

Come 2015 and Lotus has developed yet another road-legal track car based on the Exige S. Dubbed Club Racer, this new sports car promises to be the most inspiring version of Lotus’ already track-focused Exige S.

"Factoring the Club Racer ethos into the Exige enhances the track-focused potential of this important model. It encompasses our legendary benchmark in handling, with lightweight and efficient construction and that we will always put a peerless and pure driving experience first," said Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2015 Lotus Exige S Club Racer.

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The 1,000th Exige S Rolls off the Production Line

The 1,000th Exige S Rolls off the Production Line

Since its launch at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Series 3 Lotus Exige S has become a fan favorite among sports car enthusiasts who wanted a go-go sports car that could take its rivals to the cleaners. The car’s popularity became evident off the bat, which explains why it only took Lotus two years to hit four digits on the Exige S’s production tally.

Yes, the 1,000th Exige S recently rolled off of Lotus production, a monumental achievement for the reinvigorated company and a testament to the popularity the V6-powered Exige S has cultivated since arriving on the sports car scene two years ago.

Ironically, Lotus isn’t sending the 1,000th Exige S to the waiting arms of an eager customer. Lotus has a special plan for the car, so it’s sending it to its Test and Development team where it will be used as a sign-off model for the new automatic gearbox the company announced in October 2014.

So instead of splashing on some graphics and selling it as an expensive special-edition model, Lotus is using the 1,000th Exige S to make the lineup even better. That’s a sign of a company that knows what it has on its hands and is determined to make it even better.

Congratulations on the milestone, Lotus!

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2012 - 2015 Lotus Exige S

2012 - 2015 Lotus Exige S

Ladies and gentlemen, the wait is over! After months of speculation, Lotus has finally unveiled the new Exige S. This "ultimate lightweight high performance sportscar" comes bearing a new look inside and out, as well as a brand new engine that adds over 100 HP to the car’s output.

The look of the 2012 Lotus Exige S still claims it as an Exige, but the add-ons provided smooth out the sports car’s look, while still adding a certain degree of aggression to the design. The Exige S now carries a new front splitter that reveals a cleaner line across the front of the car and a smaller rear spoiler, both of which still improve the vehicle’s aerodynamics.

As for power, the Exige S is now working with a mid-mounted, transverse 3.5 liter DOHC V6 VVI-i engine that delivers a total of 345 HP, a far cry from the previously used 257 HP 1.8L Toyota supercharged I4. The reason for this massive upgrade is clear when the car’s weight gets introduced into the equation. The previous model claimed 2,077 lbs, while the new Exige S plumps up at 2,380 lbs. Once the added weight gets brought in, the Exige S’ 0-60 mph time is still better, coming in at 3.8 seconds (from a previous time of 4.0 seconds) and its top speed hikes up to 170 mph (up from a previous 145 mph).

Lotus will also be offering a Lotus DPM (Dynamic Performance Management) switch that allows the driver to switch between three driving modes: Touring, Sport, and DPM off. An optional Race Pack also gets thrown in to add a fourth driving mode (Race) to the mix, for the ultimate Lotus Exige S experience.

Updated 10/24/2014: Lotus just announced that the Exige S will alsobe offered with an automatic transmission. The new option will add about $3k to the car’s final list, but it’s a pretty nice addition if you’re not too anxious about driving with a stick. Details after the jump.

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2014 Lotus Exige LF1 Limited Edition

2014 Lotus Exige LF1 Limited Edition

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.

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Video: XCar Has a Look at the Lotus Exige S Roadster

Video: XCar Has a Look at the Lotus Exige S Roadster

We know it’s winter in many areas around the world, but the folks over XCar found this weather perfect to test one of the more elusive convertible models: the Lotus Exige S Roadster. If we remember correctly this is one of the few reviews we’ve seen on this model, and this makes it even more interesting.

XCar finds the new Exige S Roadster to be an awesome car with or without the roof. So, apparently this model will have no problems putting other roadsters to shame, despite its 145 mph limited top speed. Then again, who is really doing over 145 mph on public roadways?

It’s no wonder why the guys over XCar were so impressed by this car. It’s got a supercharged 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that delivers a total of 345 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. With this amount of power, the Exige S Roadster goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds and to 100 mph in 8.5 seconds. Not too shabby at all.

If only the offered it in the U.S...

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Spyker Venator Will Run Lotus-Tuned Toyota Engines

Rumors of Lotus’ involvement with Spyker’s production plans for the B6 Venator took a shot in the arm recently.

Recent reports indicate that Spyker CEO Victor Muller sent a letter to potential customers confirming that Spyker is indeed collaborating with Lotus.

According Autoweek.nl, the upcoming B6 Venator will use a Lotus-built engine that it will build from a Toyota-sourced engine block. Although nothing has been made official, rumors seem to point to a supercharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine that’s currently sitting under the hood of the Exige S. In the event that the B6 Venator will carry that powertrain, expect the output to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 345 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.

In yet another surprising reveal from Muller, it appears that Spyker will also commemorate the impending launch of the B6 Venator with its own "Launch Edition" model, comprising of 100 models that will be given to the first 100 customers of the model. A host of special edition features will be added to the B6 Venator Launch Edition, including a Chronoswiss clock and a watch engraved with the car’s production number.

Spyker is expected to begin production of the B6 Venator in November 2014 but as early as now, the company is already accepting pre-orders for a €20,000 ($27,170) deposit.

Of course, for those wondering about the tie-up between these two fledgling companies, more details are likely to be revealed in the coming weeks.

Objectively, a Spyker with a Camry engine is not the most appealing idea. Nor is the idea of putting down a deposit on a vehicle that has not yet had any engine testing or fitting trials.

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2013 - 2015 Lotus Exige S Roadster

2013 - 2015 Lotus Exige S Roadster

A few weeks before the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, Lotus announced they would "blow the top off" at the show. Back then, we all thought that we would see a Convertible version of the Evora, but we were so wrong. Lotus has decided to bring out the fastest roadster ever: the Exige S Roadster.

Based off the new Exige S, the roadster model will be powered by the same supercharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine that delivers a total of 345 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. This engine sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds and to 100 mph in 8.5 seconds. Being that this is a Roadster, safety precautions deem it necessary to lower the top speed to 233 km/h (145 mph).

The Exige S Roadster weighs just 1,166 kg (2,570 pounds) and features the same design elements as the coupe, except of course for its factory-fitted soft top roof that makes the car look even more muscular than the coupe.

Now for the bad news: the new Lotus Exige S Roadster won’t make it to the U.S. market, as it will only be offered in markets like Europe and Asia.

UPDATE 5/22/2013: Lotus has just unveiled the official pricing for the Exige S Roadster and is now available for order. See more after the jump

Updated 10/24/2014: Lotus announced that the Exige S will also be offered with an automatic transmission. This new option will increase the car’s price by about $3k. Details after the jump.

Hit the jump to read more about the Lotus Exige S Roadster.

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2013 Lotus Exige V6 CupR

2013 Lotus Exige V6 CupR

A tumultuous 2012 has seen Lotus stumble to the brink of being irrelevant. However, the Malaysian-owned British automaker is determined to make amends in 2013, and to their credit, they’re off to a fast start with the upcoming debut of the Exige V6 CupR — a race-spec sports car that’s ready to ply its craft in numerous racing series this year.

The Exige V6 CupR is set to be unveiled at the 2013 Autosport International Show in Birmingham, England. Lotus is bringing the car to the show in an attempt to attract potential entrants to the newly-announced SRO GT4 European Trophy.

As far as we’re concerned, if we had a racing team and we were looking for new race cars, we’d take a real good look at the Exige V6 CupR and see how it’s going to stack up once you get to know more about it.

Speaking of getting to know more about, you can find out more details about the Exige V6 CupR after the jump.

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Video: Turn 10 Studios Rings In New Year With January Recaro Car Pack For Forza Horizon

Video: Turn 10 Studios Rings In New Year With January Recaro Car Pack For Forza Horizon

Not a month goes by without Turn 10 Studios releasing a car pack for its avid video game racers. For January, the developer of the Forza Motorsports franchise will be releasing the newest car pack for its latest video game offering: Forza Horizon.

Dubbed the “Recaro Car Pack,” the new downloadable content will include the usual smorgasbord of vehicles, highlighted by the 2012 Lexus LF-A Nürburgring Edition. In addition to the gnarly Japanese supercar, the Recaro Car Pack will also include the 2012 Lotus Exige S, the 2012 Cadillac Escalade, the 2005 Mercedes SLR, the 1995 Ford Mustang Cobra R, and, oddly enough, the 1983 GMC Vandura G-1500.

The Recaro Car Pack will go live and be up for download on January 1, 2013. As is always the case, the car pack can be had for a reasonable amount of just 400 MS Points. But if you’re a Forza Horizon Season Pass holder, you get the pack for free and on top of that, get free dibs on a 2009 Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster.

Sounds like a sweet deal to us.

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2012 Lotus Extrema V8X by Composite Work

2012 Lotus Extrema V8X by Composite Work

Back in 2011 Hennessey Performance has unveiled theVenom GT - a very cool customized Lotus Elise limited to just five units. And now, Italian company Composite Work has announced a very cool Extrema V8X package based on a Lotus Exige.

Composite Work replaced the car’s standard 275 HP 4-cylinder engine with a more powerful one: a LS9 V8 from the Chevrolet Corvette. With an output of 649 HP, this engine will sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds, from 0 to 100 mph in 7 seconds and up to an impressive top speed of 200 mph.

The Lotus Extrema V8X will be featuring a carbon-fiber body work and will weight just 2138 lbs. On the interior it will get special SP-1 carbon fiber twin skin seats. And that huge rear wing on the rear not only improves the car’s aerodynamics but also makes it looking better than ever.

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Video: The Best 1/4 Mile Drag Race Ever

Video: The Best 1/4 Mile Drag Race Ever

After watching this video, we strongly believe it is time for us to relocate. Where exactly? Well...Poland! Because this is where all the amazing action from this video took place.

The guys over at Autokult have put together one of the best 1/4 mile drag races ever - they even called it the "Super Drag Race." We have to agree with them, especially after taking a look at the cars involved in the show: Corvette Z06, Chevrolet Camaro SS, Shelby GT500, Lotus Exige, Audi TT-RS, and Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet.

What followed after the cars’ presentation is beyond any imagination. We can all describe it in just one word: FUN!

Even with a collection of cars such as these, as winner had to be chosen, and it looks like it was a Chevrolet Corvette tuned by Lingenfelter with a time of 12.138 seconds. At the opposite end of the spectrum - the losing side - was the Lotus Exige with a time of 13.797 seconds.

If anyone knows of a better video than this, please let us know!

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2013 Lotus Exige V6 Cup

2013 Lotus Exige V6 Cup

When it comes to small sports cars, very few in the business make it as good as Lotus. Make no mistake, despite their recent bad press, Lotus still knows what it takes to build these babies, and more importantly, race-spec versions of these aforementioned babies.

Take for example their latest toy, the Exige V6 Cup. Making their debuts at the Lotus Festival in Brands Hatch in the UK, the Exige V6 Cup has been touted as the most sinister version of the Exige line. Here’s the best part, the V6 Cup comes in two specs: Track Day and Full-On Competition Spec.

In order to make it about as race-spec as can be, Lotus fitted the Exige V6 with just about every race goodie they could get their hands on. Among the new features include the company’s exclusive Lotus Dynamic Performance Management system, a system that allows the driver to switch between a number of driving modes, including Race, Sport and Touring. From there, the car also gets a new rear diffuser and wing, an aero-optimized front splitter, a multi-adjustable suspension system, a removable steering wheel, HANS-compliant race seats, a choice of 4- or 6-point race harnesses, a racing roll cage, and a fire extinguisher that’s FIA-compliant.

Under its hood, the Exige V6 Cup is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 346 horsepower with a curb weight of 1,080 kg/2,381 lbs, a 0-62 mph of just 3.5 seconds, and a top speed of 170 mph.

Lotus announced that the Exige V6 Cup will be produced by the end of the year with a delivery time by March next year. It will an initial schedule of 20 models.

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Lotus begins production for Exige S

Lotus begins production for Exige S

The new Lotus Exige S made its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but the first unit has just left the assembly line today. With that, Lotus has also promised that the first customers will experience this exciting new Lotus very soon.

The new Exige S is powered by a 3.5 liter V6 engine that delivers a total of 345 HP. The sports coupe will go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 170 mph. Unfortunately, US customers will only be able to take advantage of the track version of the Exige S.

"We are very proud of the Exige S. It marks the first step towards consolidating and then growing the company. I know that customers have been eagerly waiting for this car, and I assure them that it will be worth the wait. We wanted to be sure that we had a product that was absolutely ready before launching it. We are confident that the right time for the Exige S is now," said Lotus Chief Operating Officer, Aslam Farikullah.

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Lotus withdraws from the Paris Motor Show

Lotus withdraws from the Paris Motor Show

To say that Lotus has had a very prosperous year is akin to saying that the economies in Spain and Greek are both doing fine.

It wasn’t that long ago when Lotus had ambitious plans to become a player in the supercar market, having unveiled a total of six new concepts that would inevitably give run to a fleet of production vehicles.

So it’s with a dash of irony that this year, Lotus has announced that they would be skipping the 2012 Paris Motor Show, only two years removed from bringing those six concepts at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

From the optimism of those days, the company has been in dire straits recently, no more evident than the messy firing of former CEO Dany Bahar, who incidentally was the driving force behind the company’s ambitious plans two years ago. The company today is also in financial disarray; sales have been extremely low and there’s even word that the company will go back to its roots as a factory for lightweight sports cars.

Despite the messy year the company has had, there are still some signs of optimism, particularly with the increased interest in their two new vehicles, the Exige V6 S and V6 Roadster. Whether they can jump start the company’s fledgling business remains to be seen, but one thing we do know is that it won’t come at a fast enough time to save Lotus from heading to the same auto show were only two years ago, they set out on an ambitious plan that ended up with nothing more than lost promises.

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DRB-HICOM Suspends Lotus CEO Dany Bahar

DRB-HICOM Suspends Lotus CEO Dany Bahar

Typically the CEOs of big companies stay in the background and just keep the corporate wheels turning. Most CEOs also know that it is typically not a good thing when your name ends up in the papers just as often, if not more often, than the brand you are heading up. Well, Lotus CEO Dany Bahar must have a tough time comprehending the fact that no new is good news for a CEO.

It came to a head whenever DRB-HICOM purchased Proton, Lotus’s parent company, and inherited the Lotus money vacuum in the process. The media then took to speculating about the status of Lotus, given its new owner, and Bahar went on a teenage girl-like rampage via the worst possible medium, Facebook. That post still remains on the company’s page too.

At that point, we started speculating that Bahar’s time with Lotus may be limited, as DRB-HICOM really has no need for a moody CEO that can’t keep his company’s head above water. Apparently, we had our crystal ball working that day, as DRB-HICOM has announced that Bahar has been “temporarily suspended” following an operational review and a full investigation of Bahar’s actions will take place during his suspension. Several executives from DRB-HICOM will take Bahar’s place during his absence.

Well, I have been in the corporate world long enough to know that a “temporary suspension” during an “investigation” typically spell out “you’re fired once we find some dirt.” Rarely does a suspended employee ever return to their original position and few return at all, so we have a feeling that this will ultimately put an end to the drama of Dany Bahar. Looks like TopSpeed’s “Lotus” section is going to be dry for a while… At least until we get word that Dany is now managing a local McDonalds.

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Chris Harris gets his hands on the new Lotus Exige S

Chris Harris gets his hands on the new Lotus Exige S

Sure, Lotus may be facing some incredibly tough times at the moment, but there’s no question that in the good times, the relatively small British marque produced some of the finest sports cars in the market. In fact, the Lotus Elise is often the benchmark for handling which others aim to replicate, and the Elise’s twin brother the Exige is no exception to that rule.

Not only has the Exige been transformed from its very first-generation, gaining power, weight, speed, and size, it still manages to maintain that unique Lotus flavor, and this is a point which is evident in the following review conducted by Chris Harris for the Drive network.

Before you check out the video, remember that while it’s an extreme version of the regular Exige, it’s nothing compared to the range-topping Evora GTE which is actually the most powerful production car ever produced by Lotus. That being said, the Exige S is still an extremely capable sports car with its supercharged 3.5-liter V6 engine delivering no less than 350HP.

Combine that with extremely sticky Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires and an overall weight of just over 2,200 pounds, and you have one of the finest sports cars on the market.

Here’s hoping that Lotus can sort itself out over the coming months as we can’t foresee a future without Lotus being an integral part of it.

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One-off Lotus Exige crashes on Californian highway

One-off Lotus Exige crashes on Californian highway

Crashing a regular Lotus Exige is bad enough, but crashing an Exige so customized it could pass as a completely different car is something else entirely. Frank Profera built the car pictured completely by hand over the past six years, even fitting it with both a supercharger and turbocharger to help it produce in excess of 700BHP.

As a result, Frank claimed on the video past the jump when Matt Farah drove his one-off masterpiece for the Drive channel that it was the fastest Lotus in the world, even trumping the incredible Hennessey Venom GT in the twisty roads of the Californian canyons.

Unfortunately however, the car was recently involved in an incident on California’s Route 101, where Frank claims he was rear-ended by a Porsche before sliding backwards into the median strip. In what can only be described as an all-out attack on the Porsche driver, Frank posted a comment on YouTube continually swearing at the driver and taking no responsibility for the incident himself.

Just like any other car crash, there will undoubtedly be conflicting views in how it occurred, and if Profera is to be believed, the Porsche driver didn’t stop and instead continued on their merry way. Thankfully no one was injured in the accident, and the damage only seems to be external, but it will take weeks if not months for the owner to fix all the custom body panels.

Follow the jump to see Profera’s car in action and the pictures.


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Video: Lotus Exige S V6 launches at Goodwood

Video: Lotus Exige S V6 launches at Goodwood

In Britain, a sports car isn’t officially launched until it takes a few runs up the Goodwood Hill Climb, so Lotus had to send out their Exige S that was launched last year at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show to put it through its final test at Goodwood. This hill climb may not be anywhere near the status of the Nurburgring, but for Brits, it’s a huge deal. The video includes a few rapid launches from the start line on the legendary course as well as flybys and accelerations on track.

As a reminder, the new Exige S is powered by a 3.5 liter DOHC V6 VVI-i engine that delivers a total of 345 HP. It sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 170 mph.

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Video: The World's Fastest Lotus?

Video: The World’s Fastest Lotus?

Lotus has already unveiled the new Exige S, but that doesn’t mean people have forgotten about the old version. In fact, Frank Profera from California wasn’t very pleased with his stock Exige so he did some improvements that transformed the car into the "world’s fastest Lotus." Or at least that’ what he claims.

Profera has spent six years making his Lotus go faster, stop shorter, and corner harder. After all this work, the 1.8 liter engine of his Exige model delivers a total of 680 wheel horsepower. And when the sports car’s 2,150 lbs weight is considered, that’s a better power-to-weight ratio than Mario Andretti’s Formula One Lotus. That being said, this a project that may never be finished because of Frank’s never-ending obsession with speed.

Watch the car in action in this 14 minutes video!

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Lotus Lockdown: Future models put on hold

When Proton announced they may sell Lotus to a large Malaysian industrial
 conglomerate (DRB-Hicom), everyone knew the future of the Esprit supercar would be in danger, and everyone was right. During a recent interview with British magazine, EVO, Lotus boss Dany Bahar announced that development of all future models, including the Esprit has been suspended.

As a result of the sale, Lotus is taking an NBA type break with a three month "lockdown" - meaning that only normal trading activities could be continued. Translated, this means that the production of the current models will continue at a reduced level, but the development of the future models has been delayed. This decision obviously affects customers because the official market launch of the new Exige S and Evora GTE have been delayed, and we won’t get to see the production Esprit until early 2014.

"This difficult period for Lotus finishes at the end of March and that’s 
when we will know then whether DRB-Hicom will want to continue with our 
business plan," said Bahar. "I really hope they will but I cannot call it at the moment, it’s still 50:50."

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2012 Geneva Motor Show: The Sports Cars and Supercars

2012 Geneva Motor Show: The Sports Cars and Supercars

The Geneva Motor Show never disappoints. Every year, we bear witness to some of the most amazing auto debuts on this event, and this year, it’s no different.

As far as sports cars and super cars are concerned, there were so many eye-popping debuts that literally made our heads spin. German sports cars, Italian super cars, special edition British super cars, and yes, there was even one exotic from Sweden that received an upgrade.

In this section, we’re going to dive into the sports cars and super cars that made their debuts at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The list runs pretty long so we suggest that you start heading over after the jump to check out which of these established brands made quite an impression on us at Geneva.

Find out more about the run-down of sports cars and super cars that made their debuts at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show after the jump.

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2012 Lotus Exige R-GT FIA Rally Race Car

2012 Lotus Exige R-GT FIA Rally Race Car

Lotus’ involvement in auto racing has resulted in a storied Formula 1 resume that includes six Drivers’ and seven Constructors’ World Championships. But for all of its achievement in Formula 1, the British automaker also has a World Rally Championship under its belt.

After a long absence in the world of rally racing, Lotus is returning to the dirt for the FIA European Rally Championship with a specially designed Exige R-GT.

Dressed in its iconic black and gold color scheme, the Exige R-GT Rally Race Car will be powered by a 3.5-liter DOHC V6 VVI-i engine that produces 300 horsepower. Seeing as the car is being built for rally racing, Lotus made some tweaks to adhere to FIA regulations, particularly the reduction in output.

According to Claudio Berro, Lotus’ racing director, the Exige R-GT FIA Rally Car will be the first GT car to be homologated by the FIA. "Lotus, of course, has been successful in rallying before, so in many ways we’re going back to our roots," he adds.

The Exige R-GT will see its first testing action before heading over to the customary FIA homologation process. Should everything go according to plan, we can expect to see it make its debut at the Mille Miglia rally on April 19-21, 2012, leading to its participation in special rally stages at the FIA European Rally Championship.

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TopSpeed's Best of 2011: Coupe of the Year

TopSpeed’s Best of 2011: Coupe of the Year

Last year’s picks for the coupe of the year raged a war between the Chevrolet Camaro and the Ford Mustang, but this year things are a bit different. In fact, neither one of these muscle cars made the list, simply because the new Camaro ZL1 isn’t available for purchase just yet.

With the two major muscle cars out of the running, we were still left with a ton of vehicles worthy of some time in the spotlight. Our choices for the top coupes of 2011 are kind of all over the place. From the Audi TT-RS’ return to the States to the Lotus Exige S and its road-going capabilities on the other side of the pond, there’s pretty much a flavor for anybody.

In fact, if we’ve missed one of your favorites, make sure to hit us up.

Hit the jump for our picks for the 2011 Coupe of the Year, in alphabetical order.

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2012 Lotus Exige R-GT

2012 Lotus Exige R-GT

Hiding behind the shadow of the bigger and better 2012 Lotus Exige S at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show is Lotus’ brand new Exige R-GT. This new racer marks the brand’s return to the rally world, 30 years after their World Rally Championship victory in the Talbot Sunbeam Lotus. The Exige R-GT will participate in the newly formed FIA GT category of the FIA Rally Championship on asphalt in Monte Carlo, Tour de Corse, and San Remo.

The new Exige R-GT shares the new Exige S model’s mid-mounted, transverse 3.5 liter DOHC V6 VVI-i engine, but power has been brought down to 300 HP because of the 34mm air restrictor required for racing. The Exige R-GT will also have to pack on ballast weight to meet FIA requirements of 1200 kg (2645 lbs).

"With the new R-GT rules in rally, it’s a very interesting time for us to return to the sport. Naturally our approach this time around will be different to when we won the championship with Talbot three decades ago but I think our philosophy is definitely the same, we want to compete and ultimately we want to win. Our new rally car, the Exige R-GT is a dream come true for those who are passionate about GT racing – this will be their car," said Group Lotus’ Director of Motorsport Claudio Berro.

UPDATE 12/28/2011: After its official debut in Frankfurt, the Exige R-GT headed to the Dallara’s headquarters in Varano Melegari, Palma on December 22, 2011 for its first track test under the watchful eye of Group Lotus Director of Motorsport, Claudio Berro, and technicians from the team. According to Lotus, the results were delightful and the team will continue to test the car until the 2012 FIA World Rally Championship season where the Exige will contend in the FIA GT category on asphalt at events in Monte Carlo, Tour de Corse, and San Remo. We have also added new images from the testing days. Enjoy!

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Spy Shots: 2013 Lotus Exige shows off new rear wing behind that psychedelic camouflage

It was just a few weeks ago that our spy photographers were able to catch the new Exige testing with some ugly zebra-like camouflage and now the brand’s engineers are at it again with some swirly and hypnotizing wraps on the 2013 Exige. Thankfully, this new camouflage isn’t distracting enough to cover up all of the sports car’s new features, providing us with ample opportunity to learn more about the future model before it debuts at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

The 2013 Lotus Exige will adopt a new design language borrowed from the bigger Evora which will include a redesigned front and a longer back end. That new rear will also be accessorized with a new rear wing leading up to a modified roofline. These spy shots also reveal a slightly wider Exige with bigger brakes.

As far as power is concerned, rumors state the new Exige will be pulling from the same engine found in the current model: a 3.5 liter V6 producing 280 HP in the normal version and 350 HP in the S version.

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2013 Lotus Exige

2013 Lotus Exige

Lotus called it a night for the current generation Exige by unveiling two special edition models - the Exige S260 Final Edition and Matte Black Final Edition - but that doesn’t mean the brand’s engineers are getting a break. Just last month, the next generation sports car was caught testing covered in questionable camouflage and now our spy photographers have captured new images of the Lotus Exige with more mind-numbing coverups. We can’t wait for the 2013 Lotus Exige to be unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show just so our heads stop spinning from these psychedelic wraps.

These new spy images reveal a little more of the Exige’s future design language, like the new front and back of the vehicle. The future model will also benefit from a new rear wing on the elongated back end, a tidbit many of us anticipated when we heard that the new Exige would be borrowing elements from the Evora. The roofline also looks different from the current Exige.

As previously reported, the 2013 Exige will be powered by the same V6 engine as also found in the bigger Evora. So expect to see a 3.5 liter V6 producing 280 HP in the normal version and 350 HP in the S version. This engine will be combined with bigger brakes that, of course, suggest improved performance numbers.

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2011 Lotus Exige Matte Black Final Edition

2011 Lotus Exige Matte Black Final Edition

The second special edition Lotus has announced as a celebration of the end of production for renowned North American bound Elise and Exige models is called the Exige Matte Black Final Edition. This model will be limited to only 25 units, and will have a price of $69,900. It will make its first appearance on the US market within the Lotus exhibit on Peter Hay Hill in Pebble Beach.

As its name suggests, the 2011 Exige Matte Black Final Edition will be offered in an exclusive matte black paint finish combined with black Alacantara sport seats. It will be powered by a supercharged and intercooled 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 275 HP. Coincidentally, this engine is the very reason why the Exige model will be discontinued. According to Lotus, the 1.8-liter 4-cylinder Toyota 2ZZ engine that powers all North American Elise and Exige models is continually unavailable. Therefore, the production of this model will cease for North America by the end of August 2011.

UPDATE 08/18/11: The Lotus Exige Matte Black Final Edition that will be exclusively sold in North America officially broke cover at Monterey, showing off its stealthy matte black finish for all the crowd to see. Much of the information we’ve already detailed about the car appears to spot on, but we did add some new information on what to expect when you place an order for any one of the 25 units that’s going to be sold.

Hit the jump for details on the 2011 Exige Matte Black Final Edition.

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2011 Lotus Exige S260 Final Edition

2011 Lotus Exige S260 Final Edition

The third and final vehicle of the special edition series announced by Lotus is called the Exige S260 Final Edition. This vehicle, like the two that preceded it, was created as a celebration of the end of production for renowned North American bound Elise and Exige models. It will be limited to 30 units and will carry a price tag of $67,500.

Unlike the other two special edition model - Exige Matte Black Final Edition and Elise SC Final Edition - the Exige S260 Final Edition will be offered in the full array of Lotus exterior colors, but it will be distinguished by a slew of other features that will make it stand out from the every day model.

The Lotus Exige S260 Final Edition will be powered by a supercharged and intercooled 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 275 HP. This engine is the very reason why the Exige model will be discontinued. Apparenly, the 1.8-liter 4-cylinder Toyota 2ZZ engine that powers all North American Elise and Exige models is continually unavailable. Therefore, the production of this model will cease for North America by the end of August 2011.

Details on the Lotus Exige S260 Final Edition after the jump.

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Spy Shots: New Lotus Exige caught with horrendous camouflage

Spy Shots: New Lotus Exige caught with horrendous camouflage

We have heard rumors of a new Lotus Exige for quite some time now, but the car has finally been caught testing. This may be one of the ugliest camouflages we have ever seen, but if Lotus thought that would keep our spy photographers away, then they were very, very wrong. The new Lotus Exige will make its world debut in 2012 at the Geneva Motor Show.

The prototype seen in these spy shots reveals a new nose inspired by the one from the Evora and a completely different rear end, both of which make the car appear much longer. The roofline is also different from the one in the current model. The mules previously caught testing where all wider so we suspect that the new Exige is also slightly wider than the current one.

Under the hood, Lotus will place the same engine as in the Evora: a 3.5 liter V6 producing 280 HP in the normal version and 350 HP in the S version. The prototype also gets bigger brakes, another indication the model will deliver better performance numbers.

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The Lotus Exige S2 proved that performance through light weight really could work

The Lotus Exige S2 proved that performance through light weight really could work

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The Exige’s interior could best be described as sparse, spartan and utilitarian. In fact, I think I’m right in saying a Gulf war Humvee H1 was better equipped inside. Although air conditioning was an option, and with a only a small cabin to cool it was effective, the car’s CD player didn’t stand a chance of competing against both road and engine noise.

But the low bucket seats, thin little wheel that writhed in your hands thanks to the car’s wonderfully communicative steering and beautifully weighted pedals machined out of aluminium gave the Exige a sensational driving position to command the dainty little British sportscar from.

And the view from that superb driving position out of the wrap-around Group C racer style windscreen meant you could place the car exactly where you wanted it on the road.

The Group C racer theme continued on the outside with the cars light weight reinforced plastic body keeping curb weight to a minimum. The Exige sat low on its springs and had a properly rakishly aggressive stance, its light weight forged wheels reducing un-sprung mass and giving the car electric turn-in. There was no doubt that the Exige was a nasty little hornet of a car that buzzed its way around the bends – on its special Yokohama track day rubber the Exige could create simply staggering cornering forces.

With the car’s front splitter, diffuser and rear wing creating nearly 80 kg of downforce at 100 mph, the Exige was really a mini Group C car for the road albeit with easier access, better visibility but not the 240 mph top speed.

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While the series two Exige might have been more refined than the original on the inside, (yes, it’s hard to believe you can call it ‘refined’) its exterior was much more aggressive. Knife edge sharp creases ran the length of the car and pointed towards its handling characteristics but the narrow wasted Exige with its minimal overhangs was still attractive in the same sense as an F-15 fighter.

Whereas series one Exiges used a British 1.8-litre Rover engine, series two cars used Toyota’s 1.8-litre VVTL-i unit so it was eligible for sales over here in the US. While the normally aspirated series two had the same 190 hp as the series 1, later supercharged cars seriously pushed the output of the engine, and the pace at which the diminutive Lotus could be hurled at the horizon to the extreme. Anywhere between 220 and 260 hp was on tap depending on the customers’ budget, of course.

The Toyota engine was much more efficient though and its revvy character (the engine used a similar system to Honda’s VTEC) coupled to one of the most crisp six-speed gearboxes around suited the chassis perfectly.

With that 190 hp, 133 lb ft of torque and ultra-low curb weight of just 875 kg, the Exige’s 220 hp per tonne meant it could complete the sprint to 62 mph from rest in just 4.8 seconds.

The car first went on sale in 2004 priced at £31,500 (around $53,000 now, so a fair bit more back then). On the face of things, this was quite a lot for a stripped out two-seater with little in the way of creature comforts but its superb, almost telepathic steering, sure-footed handling and huge reserves of grip meant given a twisty mountain pass, the Exige could embarrass some seriously exotic machinery. The Exige proved you didn’t need a big engine and lots of power, just a lightweight and agile chassis.

The little Lotus coupe was unique too. There wasn’t much in the way of direct competition then and that remains today. Vauxhall’s (GM) VX220 in the UK was similar in concept but was a roadster, and built by Lotus, it was purposely pegged back so as not to interfere with the Exige.

At the comfort end of the spectrum there was the Audi TT. The TT was similarly priced and although much more refined, next to the Exige it felt lethargic, docile and heavy.

The Exige was criticised for its slightly buzzy engine that needed revving to extract the best from it as well as its uncompromising racetrack-like manners on the road. But the Lotus achieved its goal of being a maximum attack weapon and followed Lotus founder Colin Chapman’s performance through lightweight mantra to the letter.

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Lotus drops plans for Elan; Moves forward with other models

Lotus drops plans for Elan; Moves forward with other models

At the 2010 Paris Auto Show, Lotus unveiled the impressive Elan concept with the full intention of bringing it back in production form by 2013. Be it blind passion or just a mere oversight, Lotus failed to notice that their new concept bared a strong resemblance to their Evora model, so the company is putting the concept on hold indefinitely.

This may sound a little familiar considering we had already heard that the Elan was headed back to the drawing board for looking too much like the Esprit Concept revealed at the same auto show. This begs the question as to whether or not the Esprit will also be delayed because of the same issue, but apparently that is not the case. The Esprit and the Elite will share many of the same components, including a V8 engine that is rumored to deliver around 550 horsepower. This engine will be mated to either a standard dual-clutch transmission or an optional manual.

However, before those puppies are born, Lotus will be working on updating the apparently inspiring Evora with some aesthetic changes and new trim levels to align it with the rest of the "Lotus New Era" range. The Elise and Exige will also be seeing the light of day, but will do so with newer versions "more usable for every day". The production Exige will finally be revealed at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

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2011 Lotus Exige Carbon Fiber by Tecnocraft

2011 Lotus Exige Carbon Fiber by Tecnocraft

With the growing number of Ferraris and Lamborghinis cruising their way through our streets, it’s refreshing to see a Lotus taking its worthy turn at showing off. It’s even better when this particular Lotus has taken part in a little tuning project of its own. Tecnocraft has taken a couple of Lotus models, including the Exige and the Elise, and has molded and shaped a good amount of carbon fiber for a product worthy of a little attention.

No official details have been given on the final product just yet, but these pictures show a classy combination of yellow and black for the exterior and the interior of the sports car. Considering carbon fiber was the way to go for these Lotus models, we imagine that a weight reduction is definitely in order. Just how much weight has been schlepped off is anyone’s guess at this point.

The carbon fiber sports seats being used in the Lotus model have already been showcased in Tecnocraft’s version of the C63 AMG, but another new addition for the sport cars will be a news set of wheels to further decorate the exterior.

As a refresher, the standard Elise is powered by a supercharged 1.8 liter engine that develops a total of 217 hp and rockets the car from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. The Exige gets a supercharged and intercooled 1.8 liter engine with 257 HP and a sprint time of 4 seconds.

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Lotus plans revised Exige and Evora

Lotus plans revised Exige and Evora

Lotus’ Paris Motor Show explosion back in September gave way to the announcement of some big changes to their lineup occurring sometime in the near future. Well, this may very well be the near future since, according to British magazine, AutoCar, Lotus CEO Dany Bahar has announced there will be a new Exige revealed later this year at the Geneva Motor Show.

And that’s not all, Bahar also announced that the Evora will get a refresh and will be launched in 2012. The new Evora will get a completely redesigned cabin and a new version to go along with the newest S trim level. The cabin will be designed by German firm, CSI, who have also engineered cabins for the Audi R8, Mercedes SLS, and Porsche Panamera.

So, if we have this right, we should be getting a new Evora in 2012, new Esprit and Elan models in 2013, the Elite in 2014, and the Elise and Eterne in 2015. Talk about having all of your ducks in a row.

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2010 Lotus Elise SC and Exige S RGB Special Editions

2010 Lotus Elise SC and Exige S RGB Special Editions

Lotus, in cooperation with Roger Becker (former Director of Vehicle Engineering for Lotus), unveiled the Lotus Elise SC and Exige S RGB Special Editions. Both models are the first in a series of special editions that will celebrate the final run of European specification 1.8 liter Elise and Exige sportscars.

The Elise SC RGB Special Edition is powered by a supercharged 1.8 liter engine that develops a total of 217 hp and rockets the car from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. The Lotus Exige S RGB Special Edition gets a supercharged and intercooled 1.8 liter engine with 257 HP and a sprint time of 4 seconds.

Both models will be offered with a choice of four colors: aspen white, starlight black, solar yellow, & carbon grey. The special editions will feature sports and touring packages as standard. They will be distinguished by a numbered interior plaque, Roger Becker’s signature on the side of the bodywork, and special monochrome Lotus nose badge.

“I am honoured that Lotus has named these two special editions after me, especially as it allows me to offer the customer my favourite specifications. The past 44 years have been an incredible journey and I’m looking forward to watching Lotus progress in the future, I have no doubt that the company will continue to go from strength to strength,”
said Roger Becker.

Press release and specifications after the jump.

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2011 Lotus Exige V6

2011 Lotus Exige V6

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.

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EVO’s Roger Green escapes burning Lotus Exige at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring

The 24 Hours of Nurburgring came and went with some pretty nerve-wracking incidents, one of which involved EVO’s Roger Green and the Lotus Exige that he was piloting. In the middle of his run, the Exige that Green was driving lost its brakes and inexplicably burst into flames, forcing him to abandon the race and jump out of his car while it was slowing down to its fiery demise.

The team has yet to reveal the cause of the mechanical problem that doomed the Exige, but we’re relieved that Green was able to get out of there before the fire reached him. Momma always said that when a fire starts, you drop everything and get the hell out of there, which, to his credit, Roger Green, did to a tee.

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Hennessey Venom GT spied, fully uncovered

Hennessey Venom GT spied, fully uncovered

The Hennessey Venom GT will make its official debut on March 30. While that date is just few days away, you can’t expect us to sit still and idly wait for it, especially when there’s a chance to get another look at the car before Hennessey officially breaks the cover on the supercar. Fortunately, other people share the same sentiment and one of them, Adam Thorby, had the chance to catch the car fully uncovered.

The car was caught in the Silverstone business park, a few cartwheels away from the Goodwood Festival of Speed where the car will be unveiled.

Based on the Lotus Elise sportscar, the Venom GT will be powered by a twin-turbo V8 engine borrowed from the Corvette ZR1. The engine has been tuned to deliver a total of 1000 bhp @ 6600 rpm and a peak torque of 950 lb-ft torque @ 4,800 rpm. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph will be made in a jaw-dropping 2.2 seconds and top speed will go up to 262 mph.

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2010 Lotus Exige S Type 72

2010 Lotus Exige S Type 72

In celebration of the most successful Formula 1 car of all time, the memorable black and gold Lotus Type 72 race car, a championship winning innovative machine that was piloted by such notable drivers as Jochen Rindt, Emerson Fittipaldi, Ronnie Peterson and Jacky Ickx. In honor of the old John Players Special, the English automaker Lotus has released the special edition Exige S Type 72. Limited to only 20 units for U.K. consumption, another 20 for the rest of Europe and a limited run for destinations like Japan and other select markets around the world.

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Back in the day

Just like the cigarette box on wheels from the 1970s, the Exige S Type 72 is painted the familiar JPS black livery with a few gold accents on the body and a set of light weight gold rims to compliment the hand painted Type 72 and Exige S logos. The special edition Type 72 comes from the factory with a performance minded Sport Pack that includes a set of black micro fiber ProBax racing buckets with gold stitching and options like air conditioning and a Limited Slip Differential while the optional Performance Pack boosts power all the way up to around 240 HP while stopping power comes from a set of AP Racing brakes while an enlarged roof scoop sits atop the Type 72.

One thing that the modern day JPS comes with that Colin Chapman would have killed for are items like Lotus variable traction control and Lotus launch control, a few trick features that certainly would have given Team Lotus even more of an edge over their rivals at Ferrari and McLaren. The Lotus Exige S Type 72 sprints from 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.5 seconds and can reach a top speed of 145 MPH, starting at €40,332 perhaps this is as close as you will ever want to get to sitting behind the wheel of a genuine John Players Special.

Press release after the jump.

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