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.
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.
|submitted by||Richard Owen|
|type||Series Production Car|
|released at||2011 Frankfurt Motor Show|
|engine||Toyota 2GR-FE V6|
|position||Transverse, Mid Engine|
|valvetrain||DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl w/VVTL-i|
|fuel feed||Chain-Driven DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl w/dual VVTi|
|displacement||3456 cc / 210.90 in³|
|bore||94 mm / 3.7 in|
|stroke||83 mm / 3.3 in|
|power||257.3 kw / 345 bhp @ 7000 rpm|
|specific output||99.83 bhp per litre|
|bhp/weight||319.44 bhp per tonne|
|torque||400.0 nm / 295 ft lbs @ 4500 rpm|
|body / frame||Glass Reinforced Composite Body overBonded Aluminum Tub Chassis w/Rear Steel Subframe|
|wheel type||Fored Alloy|
|front tires||Pirelli P-Zero Corsa|
|rear tires||Pirelli P-Zero Corsa|
|steering||Rack & Pinion|
|f suspension||Unequal Wishbones w/Bilstein Gas Dampers, Eibach Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar|
|r suspension||Unequal Wishbones w/Bilstein Gas Dampers, Eibach Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar|
|curb weight||1080 kg / 2381 lbs|
|transmission||Toytoa C64 6-Speed Manual w/Lotus Shifter|
|gear ratios||3.54:1, 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|