Lotus Exige Mk3 Guide
Years: 2012-Present / Layout: Transverse mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive / Body style: 2-door coupe / Engine: 3.5 L Toyota 2GR-FE Supercharged V6 / Wheelbase: 2,300 mm (90.6 in) / Length: 3,797 mm (149.5 in) / Width: 1,727 mm (68 in) / Height: 1,158 mm (45.6 in) / Weight: 914 kg (2,015 lb) ~ 1,176 kg (2,593 lb)
The Mk 3 Exige was a big change from the prior generation both in looks and performance. Gone was the supercharged inline 4 and in was a supercharged Toyota V6 and a big jump in power, now up to 345 bhp @ 7000 rpm and torque was a mighty 295 ft lbs @ 4500 rpm, enough to propel a 2015 lbs car from standstill to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. As we know, the Exige is about more than straight line speed. 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 optimized suspension setting making the car perfect for letting rip on the track.
Alongside the strong fundamental performance package, the Exige S got 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 were 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 optimized for ultimate driver involvement.
Since the launch of the first Mk 3 Exige in 2012, there were several updates. The Exige Sport 380 added more power and had less weight. Its 3.5-liter supercharged V6 got a revised pulley to speed up the supercharger, and give the Exige another 30 horsepower, hence the name Sport 380. The peak torque arrives at 500 rpm higher the rev, but the torque curve is actually improved, sustaining longer thus you can push the car harder. To cope with the increased boost, the ECU, fuel pump and exhaust were also modified. There were no changes made to the chassis or suspensions, but the front tires got 10 mm wider to enhance front end grip, and the rubbers went from Pirelli P Zero Corsa to Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2.
For track lovers it is worth talking about the Exige Cup 430. Its power-to-weight ratio is 400hp per ton, (more than the 911 GT3). Its prominent aero set up produced 440 lbs of downforce at 180 mph. It has true track hardware, with Nitron dampers that are 3-way adjustable (rebound, low-speed compression and high-speed compression), same for the anti-roll bars too. Brakes were upgraded to new AP brake discs with J-groove patterns. The results? It can lap Hethel’s own track in 1:24.8, some 3.2 seconds faster than the Exige Sport 380.
We are currently waiting to see what Lotus does with the Exige. Rumors are that a new update is coming soon, but you never know with a company like Lotus. We bet we will continue to see one-off and limited edition specials continue to trickle our for the next few years at least.
Lotus Exige Mk3 Model Variants