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.)
  • car segment:
  • body style:

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.

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

 

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