2012 Lotus Exige S

Raw performance, agility, unparalleled ride and handling and mind blowing drive experience, these attributes are what people have come to expect from Lotus. And we don’t like to disappoint. After months of media speculation Group Lotus is proud to announce the latest addition to the family: the extraordinary new Exige S, the ultimate lightweight high performance sportscar.

Alongside the staggering power to weight ratio, the Exige S has a completely new exterior and interior look and feel. The dramatic styling overhaul sees a completely new look for the Exige including a new front splitter and rear spoiler giving it a strong and aerodynamic profile.

There are two new interior package options available: Premium and Premium Sport. The Premium Pack provides added comfort and style where as the Premium Sport option focuses on creating an internal space optimised for ultimate driver involvement.

2012 Lotus Exige S

Exige S

Built for the adrenalin hungry sportscar aficionado, the Exige S features high performance bespoke tyre package with Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tyres as standard. A Lotus DPM (Dynamic Performance Management) switch allows the driver to switch between three driving modes: Touring, Sport and DPM off. And if three dynamic settings are not enough, an additional Race Pack option is available which adds a fourth driving mode setting: Race. This setting provides the maximum possible traction out of corners. The Race Pack also features Launch Control and an optimised suspension setting making the car perfect for letting rip on the track.

Commenting on the Exige S, Group Lotus Chief Executive Officer Dany Bahar said: “Anyone who has ever driven an Exige will tell you that it’s not for the faint-hearted. The new Exige S skips a few rungs on the ladder to give the driver the ultimate Lotus experience. Quite simply you can’t get more Lotus than the Exige S.”

Please note: At time of going to print (September 2011) the fuel economy, CO2 and performance figures have not been witness tested. Group Lotus plc will publish these figures as soon as they become available on the lotuscars.com website.

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
typeSeries Production Car
released at2011 Frankfurt Motor Show
engineToyota 2GR-FE V6
positionTransverse, Mid Engine
valvetrainDOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl w/VVTL-i
fuel feedChain-Driven DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl w/dual VVTi
displacement3456 cc / 210.90 in³
bore94 mm / 3.7 in
stroke83 mm / 3.3 in
power257.3 kw / 345 bhp @ 7000 rpm
specific output99.83 bhp per litre
bhp/weight319.44 bhp per tonne
torque400.0 nm / 295 ft lbs @ 4500 rpm
body / frameGlass Reinforced Composite Body overBonded Aluminum Tub Chassis w/Rear Steel Subframe
driven wheelsRWD
wheel typeFored Alloy
front tiresPirelli P-Zero Corsa
rear tiresPirelli P-Zero Corsa
steeringRack & Pinion
f suspensionUnequal Wishbones w/Bilstein Gas Dampers, Eibach Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspensionUnequal Wishbones w/Bilstein Gas Dampers, Eibach Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight1080 kg / 2381 lbs
transmissionToytoa C64 6-Speed Manual w/Lotus Shifter
gear ratios3.54:1, 1.91:1, 1.41:1, 1.09:1, 0.97:1, 0.86:1
top speed~273.53 kph / 170 mph
0 – 100 kph~3.8 seconds
0 – 200 kph~7.9 seconds