sport auto Supertest Lotus Exige S

Discussion in 'European Cars' started by ajzahn, May 24, 2008.

  1. No thanks. Please give me a 111R instead.
  2. shit, the 3rd and 4th pics are not displayed in the right way <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/sad.gif"></A>
  3. short transcription:

    Nurburgring Nordschleife: 8:25 mins

    due due its ultra leight weight, the Exige S repsonds extreme directly to the steering, hard to find and to stay on the ideal line, it takes some tme to egt used to it and find its limits, even though it handels very well and is save to drive

    lines up with the Porsche Boxster S/Cayman S, the Subari Impreza WRX Sti, the Mitsibishi Lancer EVo VII and the SLK 55 AMG

    Hochenheim short track: 1:15.3 mins

    very neutral hanlding, optional Bilstein suspension feels a bit weak

    lines up with the Corvette C6, SL 55 AMG, AM V8 Vanatge, Maserati GranSport and Porsche Cayman S

    0-200-0 km/h in 22.7 s

    the optional AP Performance brake package exremely bites, it comes to halt from 200 km/h after only 128 meters

    again lis up with Boxster S, BMW 335i, Nisan 350Z, Opel Spedster Turbo and Honda S2000


    Cd =.044

    5kg / 25 kg downforce in front and rear at 200 km/h also limit the top sped to 245 km/h

    max. lat. acceleration: 1.2g

    this is in the midfields of sports cars such as the Boxster S/Cayman S, Corvette C6, Honda NSX-R, Opel Speedster Turbo or BMW 335i coupe

    specs as tested:

    243 PS at 8,000 rpm
    230 Nm at 5,500 rpm
    135.3 PS/l

    Yokohama A 048 tyres, 195/50 R 16 in front, 225/45 R 17 in rear

    length/width/height: 3797/1727/1163 mm
    wheelbase: 2300 mm
    track: 1457/1507 mm in front/rear
    kerb weight: 940 kgs
    power-to-weight: 256 bhp/ton

    0-100 km/h: 5.2 s
    0-160 km/h: 12.5 s
    0-200 km/h: 22.7 s

    Vmax: 245 km/h

    18 m slalom: 70.7 km/h
    36 m slalom: 136 km/h

    lines up with the BMW M3, Gallardo SL, Boxster S, Corvette Z06 and 997 Turbo

    even though it is a bit dificile to handle due to the getting more and more heavy steering

    110 m evasion test: 146 km/h

    lines up with the Ford GT, BMW M3, Mercedes CLK DTM AMG, BMW Z4 3.0 and Porsche Cayman S

    again it took some time to et familar with the steering response and suspension of the Exige S as well as the tyres warming up but finally it is in the same league as other true super sorts cars.

    wet handling: 1:32.8 min

    usuallay it takes just 4 to six runs to achive the best possible time, with the Exisge S it took 10 laps due to a totally differnet driving impression due to the extreme direct steering and the sports tyres taking some time to warm up. But at least it lines up with other super sports cars like the BMW M3, Vorvette Z06, CLK 63 AMG Black Series, AM V8 Vantage and even the Koenisgegg CCR


    even though it now comes with ABS, ESP and launch controlo as well as driver and passenger air bags, it still is a pure sports car as a Lotus is menat to be. But soemthing must be wrong when you have to order optional sports and performance packages to make it as competive it could be. Adding this packages the price raises to more than 65,000 EUR. The high price could limit the fun to drive one.
  4. A bit ridiculous that performance packages are optional on such a car.
  5. Give it to me
  6. 8:25?

    Isn't the cobalt SS turbo faster around the ring? lol
  7. with a price like that, 65k, I´d rather take a Porsche Boxster/Cayman S or Audi TTS
  8. #9 ajzahn, May 25, 2008
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    Nurburgring lap times for Lotus:

    8:13 --- 150.43 km/h -- Lotus Esprit Sport 350, 354 PS/1324 kg (sport auto 05/99)
    8:25 --- 146.85 km/h �- Lotus Exige S, 243 PS/940 kg (sport auto 06/08)
    8:32 --- 144.84 km/h -- Lotus Exige, 192hp (sport auto 08/04)
    8:42 --- 142.07 km/h -- Lotus Exige, 179 PS/796 kg, (sport auto 11/00)
    8:58 --- 133.83 km/h -- Lotus Esprit Turbo SE (sport auto 07/97)

  9. weak time on the nurburgring
  10. It hasn't got enough straight line speed and lateral acceleration.
  11. nring is a very high speed track.
  12. Very hot car.
  13. Awesome car and all, but it isn't as fast as I thought it would be.
  14. #15 ajzahn, May 26, 2008
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 25, 2016
    ... and its direct competitors:

    8:23 --- 147.44 km/h -- Porsche Boxster S, 280 PS/1426 kg (sport auto 04/06)
    8:25 --- 146.85 km/h –- Porsche Cayman S, 295 PS/1412 kg (sport auto 11/06)
    8:40 --- 142.62 km/h – Audi TT 2.0 TFSI, 200 PS/1322 kg (sport auto 02/07)
    8:49 --- 140.19 km/h -- Audi TT 1.8T quattro Coupé, 225 PS/1461 kg (sport auto 11/98)
    8:54 --- 138.90 km/h -- Porsche Boxster, 204 PS/1325 kg (sport auto 01/97)
  15. hey, that's not good <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/sad.gif"></A>
  16. It's top speed was only 219 on the ring.
  17. To judge the car on the time of the N-Ring is to under play how good the car is overall. You can never get the whole picture from stats.

    I haven't driven the Ring but I am guessing that there are lots of long straights in which case more powerfull metal that are no where near as good in the corners will provide better times. Take it to the GP circuit though and I am guessing the figures will be a lot different.
  18. It also has a relativly high speed section uphill, with lack of power it's gonna cost you.
  19. #20 Jeru, May 27, 2008
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 25, 2016
    No doubt, the Exige does better on tighter courses. Here's a video of me against Porsches at Homestead Miami in my Supercharged Exige.

  20. + the very bumpy track makes it hard to stick to the ideal line with a firmly sprung, lightweight car. Basically it bounces all over the place.
  21. #22 sandymiss, Jun 8, 2009
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 25, 2016
  22. Very nice, probably have the 111R though.
  23. wow old thread
  24. I'd say it needs more power and more gears, but then it would need more wheelbase and more df. <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/sad.gif"></A> maybe it would be better to just stick to tighter tracks when passing judgment on the car.

    In any case, with all these exige variants running around, it would be pretty hard to call the old baseline from 2003/4/whenever "rare" and "deserving of top dollar" <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/grin.gif"></A> afterall, it's malasian!

    oh well, that won't stop dealers from selling them well more than what they are worth.

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