2018 Lotus Exige Type 49 and Type 79
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.
Continue reading to learn more about the Lotus Exige Type 49 and Type 49.
2017 Lotus Exige Sport 350 Roadster
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.
2017 Lotus Evora Sport 410
For many years, Lotus sports cars have been developed on the same recipe that involves creating a lightweight, agile model and then updating it by "adding" more lightness. This is how the Elise and Exige have become increasingly quicker without major power upgrades, and that’s exactly what Lotus just did to the range-topping Evora 400. For the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the Brits gave the Evora a special-edition treatment that includes loads of carbon-fiber, an uprated engine, and a 0-to-60 mph sprint that makes it quicker than any non-Turbo Porsche 911 Carrera out there. It goes by the name Evora Sport 410, it will be built in limited numbers, and more importantly it will cross the pond to the United States later in 2016.
"We couldn’t help ourselves, and many may have guessed what we were planning following our recent announcements. We wanted to make the Evora even better: lighter, faster and sharper, but our team has exceeded our expectations," said Group Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales. "Lotus has distilled what makes the Evora so special into something that’s even more focused. The result is dynamically excellent and nothing short of superb."
The Sport 410 update comes only 12 months after the revised Evora 400 made its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor and is the fastest and most nimble Evora launched to date, lapping the company’s Hethel test track significantly quicker than the standard model. Of course, the Sport 410 is about more than just extra horsepower and speed, but you’ll have to keep reading to find out more about that.
Continue reading to learn more about the Lotus Evora Sport 410.
Lotus is at a crossroads, as it needs to keep expenses low but it also needs to update its aging lineup before the public forgets it even exists. And when the British automaker was forced to stop selling the Evora in the U.S. because of noncompliant airbags, the company had to redesign its only U.S.-spec model or essentially die in the American market. And redesign it did, with the introduction of the more-powerful 2016 Evora 400.
With a hefty power boost and refreshed fascias, the new Evora 400 appears primed to do battle with the newly released 2015 4C and 2016 Cayman GT4. But the real test is whether the world will notice that the Evora 400 even happened, or if buyers will continue flocking to Porsche and Alfa dealers for their lightweight sports cars.
Updated 11/05/2015: Lotus dropped a new video showing its latest Evora 400 in action on the track. Being 92 pounds lights and 55 horsepower more powerful than the previous Evora, the new 400 version lapped the test track at Lotus HQ, Hethel in just 1 minute and 31 seconds — a full 7 seconds quicker than the previous model.
Continue reading for my full review to see what I think.
Lotus has teased that it would be announcing something exciting and new at Geneva, and it seems that we now know what it is bringing. While many Lotus fans were hoping for a new car, it seems that all we will be getting is refreshed Evora. If you need proof, just take a look at these new shots from our spy photographers. They caught a new Evora covered from head to toe in camo running around the streets of Britain.
Lotus is strapped for cash, so the changes seen are minor. The bumper has been refreshed slightly, and the side sills look to have been altered. The new shape may make it a touch easier to get in and out of the car. The headlights also look to have been slimmed up just slightly. Curb weight should get cut, and the Toyota V-6 engine should be massaged to produce just a touch more power. New exhaust and a revised intercooler should help with the boost in performance.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Lotus Evora.
If you are a fan of the house that Colin Chapman built, I have some news that will potentially bring you great joy. Lotus has sent out a new press release teasing that the company will reveal “an exciting new car” at the Geneva Motor Show in March. No information is given, but the company assures us that the new machine will “will remain true to its core pillars of lightness, performance, and driving purity by embodying all of them in a most desirable package.” We can only hope.
Lotus is coming off a great year, with a 54-percent sales increase over the last nine months compared to the previous year, but that still only equates to 1,565 cars sold.
Now if it seems like I am apprehensive and dismissive about this piece of news, it is because I haven’t forgotten the Paris Motor Show display of 2010 where Lotus announced five all-new concepts that were slated to hit production that included new Elan and Esprit models. Since that time, every single one of those models has been scrapped. While there is a chance that this new success will see Lotus reveal an all-new car that will light the fire of every sports car enthusiast, the likely story is that the long rumored refresh of the Evora will be the news; once again crushing my little Lotus dreams.
I am hoping for the best, but don’t be surprised when an Evora with a new bumper arrives in Geneva.
Click past the jump to read more about Lotus’ reveal in Geneva.
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.
Lotus hasn’t seen a great share of luck in recent years, but in the past few weeks, its luck has taken a slight turn for the better. First came INDYCAR’s approval of desired changes to its IRL engines. Now Lotus is now extending this run of decent luck a little more by announcing that its running prototype for the Evopra 414E hybrid is ahead of schedule and ready for dynamic testing.
Lotus first unveiled the prototype at Geneva in 2010, but it was just that, a prototype. It had no engine or motor driving it; it was essentially just a shell. No one in the automotive world expected anything from Lotus in the next year or so, as it seeks a new CEO, fights a rumored lawsuit from its former CEO, and attempts to right this sinking shop.
It looks like we were all wrong, as Lotus just sent out a press release detailing all of the Evora 414E’s main specifications. So, we did what we do best and used our speculative abilities to put together a review for you to use to make an educated shopping decision, if you are lucky enough to be in the market for this type of car.
Click past the jump to read our full review.
As rumored for a few weeks now, Lotus has unveiled the Evora GTE F1 Special Edition at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, but we have to admit that we expected something a little more special about a car inspired by F1. The only special thing about this model is its exterior body which has been covered in carbon fiber.
The F1 Evora GTE F1 Special Edition features the Lotus F1 team’s colors and graphics, including a large Lotus insignia on the rear wing and gold finish alloy wheels. There is also a "10" logo on the vehicle to represent the number used by Kimi Räikkönen’s team mate, Romain Grosjean, this season. The carbon fiber finish to the body is highlighted by copper accents to emulate traditional F1 livery and that color scheme gets thrown on the interior with specially trimmed bucket seats with gold piping and exclusive Lotus F1 Team Special Edition appliqués.
The standard Evora GTE is powered by a race-tuned 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers a total of 444 HP, making it the most powerful Lotus road car ever built. That engine seems to be good enough for Lotus because that is exactly what is powering their F1 Special Edition. Performance, however, should be better considering the vehicle has dropped 100kg/220 lbs.
UPDATE 03/08/2012: This review has been updated with details on the Evora GTE F1 Special Edition. Lotus has also unveiled a series of new images for their Lotus Evora GTE F1 Special Edition from the official debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Check them out in the picture gallery provided.
Just a few days ago, Lotus announced they would be bringing a convertible model to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and we’re betting on it being a convertible version for the Evora. Now the company has announced that their stand in Geneva will be a bit more crowded with the new convertible and the addition of a special edition Evora GTE inspired by the Formula 1 car.
Lotus hasn’t offered any details on the new Evora GTE just yet - surprise, surprise - but the standard Evora GTE is smoking hot and race ready with its carbon fiber front and rear bumpers, a carbon fiber rear wing, and carbon fiber doors. This matches up with a 3.5-liter V6 engine delivering 444 HP for a delectable combination. Whatever Lotus does to the new special edition will just be icing on the cake.
More details about the Lotus Evora GTE Formula 1 Special Edition will be unveiled on March 6th during its official launch at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, so stay tuned!
The 2012 Geneva Motor Show is less than one month away and, taking into account all of the cars scheduled to appear, it’s going to be a hell of a show. This is especially true if we consider the fact that Lotus has just announced they will "blow the top off" in Geneva this year. Signs point to a convertible, or strategically placed bait for the media.
The British company hasn’t revealed any details on the exact model that will be blowing its top, but their press release says that the new car will have "something breezy, something loud, something ice-cold, and some other interesting elements." Logically speaking, the "blow the top off" part seems pretty self explanatory, but the other elements have definitely sparked our curiosity. A whole new model would certainly not be out of the question, but highly unlikely. The next Lotus Exige was rumored to debut at the Geneva Motor Show, but that’s a Coupe so Lotus is either throwing us for a loop or debuting something different. A possible convertible model could be the convertible version of the Evora that was rumored a few years ago, which would suit us just fine.
Whatever the case may be, the mysterious Lotus will show its face, and it’s possible drop top, when the Geneva Motor Show opens its doors on March 6, 2012. Stay tuned!
Lotus has been a hot topic in the news ever since their astounding resurgence into the sports-car world. The company has decided to move its racing ambitions further along as it has unveiled the Evora Enduro GT Concept car at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show. It was interesting to learn that last year the company had struck a deal with Renault to back its racing team and help with development. Lotus joining F1 racing may be more than a few years off, but this company clearly has big plans. After being rather lethargic during the 1990’s and almost fading away into the night with the Esprit dying out – the company has made drastic changes behind its fearless new leader and is poised to offer several new models within the coming years. With such an emphasis on road-going performance, it was only a matter of time before a racing car was developed.
More details on the Lotus Evora Enduro GT Concept after the jump.
The biggest international auto show of the 2011 calendar year is getting closer and closer to opening its doors when the event kicks off on March 1st, 2011. Unlike recently concluded auto shows we’ve had since the calendar turned to 2011, the Geneva Motor Show is always the one that gets our juices flowing. Not that those other events weren’t any good, but Geneva brings out all the goods. All the big boys come out to play at this event, so much so that making this preview took more days than we expected because everyday, a new model was being announced as attending the event.
Now that the Geneva Motor Show is less than two weeks away, we feel like it’s time to give you a sneak peek on what cars to expect at the event. A lot of brands that routinely skip other auto shows will all be in attendance at the Geneva Motor Show, proving that without a shadow of a doubt, this Swiss spectacle is one of the most important - if not the most important - events in the automotive calendar.
Hit the jump to check out just who will be in attendance when the show opens its doors on March 1st, 2011.