2012 Lotus Exige S Roadster


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.

2012 Lotus Exige S Roadster

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.

2012 Lotus Exige S Roadster

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.

2012 Lotus Exige S Roadster

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
released at 2012 Geneva Motor Show
built at England
engine Toyota 2GR-FE V6
position Transverse, Mid Engine
aspiration Supercharged
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
redline 7000
body / frame Glass Reinforced Composite Body overBonded Aluminum Tub Chassis w/Rear Steel Subframe
driven wheels RWD
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 ~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
emission 236 g/km