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.


Source: Autocar

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  (309) posted on 06.3.2010

The power to weight ratio of the v6 is hardley different from the current 4 cylinder, don’t forget that lotus haven’t tuned the new v6 to it maximal potential yet so a further increase to the ratio is obviously on its way. I suspect a minimal increase to 350ps . however all this is just speculation

Uncia  (868) posted on 06.3.2010

Lotus uses Toyota engines and transmissions exclusively because they’re the most reliable. Using the Cobalt SS’s engine would make the car undependable. It does seem odd, however, that they would choose to go with this rather than the IS 350’s more powerful version of this engine.

Uncia  (206) posted on 06.3.2010

Lotus, you could have made 260hp + 260lb-ft of torque from a GM Ecotec from the Cobalt SS which would get as good of gas mileage as the 220hp Exige and would weight 100lbs less then this V6. It would also fit better so you didn’t have to lengthen the car. You could even retune it for 280bhp+.

Uncia  (807) posted on 06.2.2010

Looks like it’s engine is big enough to make the GT-R smoke, but in reality it only has a v6 engine with 276 break-horse-power.

Uncia  (534) posted on 06.2.2010

Nice car but am expecting for high performance chassis and suspension upgrades to go along with the new powertrain.

Uncia  (434) posted on 06.1.2010

It would be better if they let the engine play with twin turbos to achieve more ponies under the bonnet.

Uncia  (868) posted on 06.1.2010

Lightweight chassis + Camry V6 = perfect sports car. Nice!

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