2004 Lotus Exige


2004 Lotus Exige

2004 Lotus Exige

After an absence from the market place for 2 years, Lotus is reintroducing the Lotus Exige. The second generation Exige, unveiled as a world debut at the Geneva Motorshow in 2004, takes the same racecar-for-the-road philosophy and applies it to the driver of today.

The first generation Exige was introduced to the world in early 2000 as a racecar for the road. Born out of the successful Lotus Sport Elise racecar, which was campaigned throughout Europe with such success in 2000 and 2001, the Exige was hand built in low numbers for a few markets around the world. The design project, undertaken by the Lotus Design Team lead by Russell Carr, took the core values of Lotus and the first generation Exige and applied them to the 2004 Exige.

Signature racecar features such as the roof scoop, rear wing, deep front splitter and fast back roof have been carefully developed whilst new features such as the engine cover vents, side intakes and lightweight mesh grills and a unique graphic further differentiate the Exige from other products in the Lotus stable.

With phenomenal performance and handling, powered by a Toyota 1.8 litre engine, producing a maximum power output of 141 kW and 181 Nm of torque, the Exige sprints to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds and 160 km/h in 13.2 seconds before reaching a top speed of 237 km

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
engineToyota 2ZZ-GE, Aluminum Inline-4
positionTransverse, Mid Engine
valvetrainDOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl w/VVTL-i
fuel feedMulti-Point Sequential Fuel Injection
displacement1796 cc / 109.6 in³
bore80 mm / 3.15 in
stroke89.3 mm / 3.52 in
power140.9 kw / 189 bhp @ 7800 rpm
specific output105.23 bhp per litre
bhp/weight216.0 bhp per tonne
torque181 nm / 133.5 ft lbs @ 6800 rpm
redline8500
body / frameGlass Reinforced Composite Body overBonded Aluminum Tub Chassis w/Rear Steel Subframe
front tiresYokohama A048
rear tiresYokohama A048
front brakesVentilated & Cross-Drilled Discs w/Lotus/AP-Racing Twin-Pison Calipers, ABS
f brake sizex 282 mm / x 11.1 in
rear brakesVentilated & Cross-Drilled Discs w/Lotus/AP-Racing Twin-Pison Calipers, ABS
r brake sizex 282 mm / x 11.1 in
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 weight875 kg / 1929 lbs
wheelbase2300 mm / 90.6 in
front track1457 mm / 57.4 in
rear track1507 mm / 59.3 in
length3797 mm / 149.5 in
width1727 mm / 68.0 in
height1159 mm / 45.6 in
transmissionToytoa C64 6-Speed Manual w/Lotus Shifter
gear ratios3.116:1, 2.050:1, 1.481:1, 1.166:1, 0.916:1, 0.815:1, :1
final drive4.529:1
top speed~236.6 kph / 147.0 mph
0 – 60 mph~4.9 seconds