2012 Lotus Exige S Roadster
More raw than a Japanese tasting menu, the Lotus Exige S Roadster combines its coupé twin’s mesmerizing grunt and handling with an open air experience that makes the driver feel all the more at one with the road.
It’s the first time an Exige model has been offered with a factory-fitted soft top roof, one which is typically lightweight and easy to put up and take down.
In true Lotus fashion the finely tuned suspension delivers a responsive ride and sublimely agile handling, whilst the supercharged 3.5 V6 engine with race-derived technologies delivers stunning performance. Reaching 100 kph from standing in a neck-snapping 4 seconds (0 – 60 mph in 3.8 seconds) and 0-160 kph (0-100 mph) in 8.5 seconds this little roadster packs a punch both on and off the track. The top speed for the Exige S Roadster is 233 kph (145 mph) and it produces just 236 g of CO2 per km.
With a targeted weight of just under 1100 kg, this is one of the lightest six-cylinder roadsters on the market by some margin.
Related: Lotus Race Car List / Lotus Current Lineup / All Lotus Models / Lotus News
Outside, it’s a fine balance of beauty and the beast. The drop-top adds extrovert style to the Exige’s already muscular contours, at the same time it is an elegant machine that keeps its clenched fist under wraps.
The Roadster comes with a six-speed manual gearbox, but will also be available with Lotus’ Serial Precision Shift (SPS), a paddle-operated automated manual transmission, which makes life more relaxed in the city and more F1-like when it’s let off the leash. The SPS gearbox means the driver never has to take their hands off the wheel, it prevents errors during shifting, and it is lighter and more compact than a normal torque-converter transmission.
The car comes with two different suspension settings. There’s the standard setting for an active driving experience suited to public roads; and an optional setting as part of the Race Pack for maximum performance, developed for track use. The launch control system can be activated when the car is in Race mode.
Inside, the car is a lesson in stylish minimalism and functionality. The customer can specify a comfort enhanced plush interior or go for a more stripped down, sporty option.
The car has been developed for the main markets such as Europe and Asia. The Exige S Roadster will not be available to the U.S market.
Specs & Performance
|submitted by||Richard Owen|
|type||Series Production Car|
|released at||2012 Geneva 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||Forged 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||Toyota 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||~4.0 seconds|
|0 – 200 kph||~7.9 seconds|
|urban fuel econ eu||14.5 L/100 km or 16.22 mpg-us|
|extra urban fuel econ eu||7.6 L/100 km or 30.95 mpg-us|
|combined fuel econ eu||10.1 L/100 km or 23.29 mpg-us|