The Lotus Exige Is A British Two-door Two-seat Sports Vehicle Produced By Lotus Cars.
Inside, the cabin is stripped out and almost identical compared to that of the Elise, with a lot of switchgear borrowed from mainstream manufacturers, thin racing seats and exposed aluminium. Air con can be available as an optional extra. Take an Elise, add a longer wheelbase, wider track, new rear subframe, pumped-up bodykit with vast aerodynamic additions and larger wheels. Inside 2021 Lotus Exige, the cabin does away with modern-day luxuries such as for example electric seats, adjustable steering column and touchscreen infotainment system but Lotus do provide a Convenience pack which adds a cup-holder added sound deadening. It looks very aggressive and stands apart far more than a Porsche Cayman on the road.
But it's far more of a thriller than either of the two and is even more compromised. The Exige range has changed a good bit through the years, however now starts with the 345bhp Sport 350, before moving around the 410bhp Sport 410, and topping out with the track-focused 430bhp Cup 430. The 2021 Lotus Exige is really a rival for similarly priced high-performance coupes such as the Porsche 718 Cayman and Audi TT RS. Unlike its lightweight predecessor, it's powered by way of a supercharged 3.5-litre V6, so performance has taken a big leap forward. Previous models include the Sport 380 and Sport 430. All models make their power from the Toyota-sourced 3.5-litre supercharged V6 engine.
With a weightier mid-mounted engine you may expect the Exige to feel tricky on the limit, but on wet roads it'd swing progressively either with a raise or by maintaining your foot in. It's a stunningly strong engine and throttle response is scintillating, no matter where you are in the rev range. It was simple to catch too, which is not something you might say of the old four-cylinder car. The supercharged V6 makes a full world of difference to the smoothness of the car. The Sport setting on the DPM was perfectly judged on your way, allowing an interesting number of slip before reigning things in beautifully calmly. Even in sixth gear on the motorway the Exige will leap forwards eagerly at the slightest prod and on an A- or B-road it can be as fast as you might realistically want. Last but not least, the brand new V6 sounds great – there's something of the historic racecar about its rich growl and there's no overpowering supercharger whine either. The quicker steering is strictly what you should expect from Lotus – packed with feel and it dances in your hands as the vehicle follows the cambers of the road.
As standard, the thing steering clear of the Cup from off-the-shelf competition use is the possible lack of a roll-cage for leading of the cabin, but Lotus will sell this being an option; apparently several buyers are planning to race their cars in the Lotus Cup. The Exige S feels stunningly quick, to the point where the claimed 0-62mph time of 3.8sec seems almost conservative. It would not need the absolute most charismatic V6, however it comes with an addictively rich seam of punchy torque thanks compared to that supercharger.
Still, many people don't obtain a Lotus to operate a vehicle on a daily basis. The Lotus Exige features a driver and passenger airbag and ABS with stability control, but that's about this for safety aids. Lotus hasn't had the most effective reputation for reliability either, with numerous gremlins creeping in after a few months of ownership. It's based on the Elise, and despite the larger price tag, you don't get more safety kit for your money.
But we don't think its worth forking out the extra £11,000 Lotus called for it when this model was offered. It doesn't sound as tuneful as a Cayman's flat-six, but it really delivers with lots of low-rev punch and high-rev urge. It gets from 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds - two tenths quicker compared to the Sport 350. The 2021 Lotus Exige supercharged 345bhp 3.5-litre V6 of the Sport 350 offers searing acceleration, thrusting the now 1,125kg sportscar – the Sport 350 version is 51kg lighter than the old Exige S – from 0-60mph in just 3.7 seconds and on to a 170mph top speed. Sport 380 adds a supplementary dose of performance, with and additional 30bhp and even less weight.
In addition, it features adjustable springs and dampers, and offers among the purest driving experiences available today. Sitting on a retuned version of the track-focused Cup 430, the Sport 410 takes just 3.3 seconds to go from 0-62mph, and tops out at 180mph. The Lotus ExigeSport 410 of 2018 is more convincing, however.
The most recent generation is of Lotus Exige is longer and wider compared to the original, and includes notably more potent V6 power. It feels such as a mini supercar and proved exciting enough to talk about our 2012 Car of the Year honours with the Pagani Huayra. Supercharged 3.5-litre engine aside, Lotus Exige the greatest piece of technological trickery is the newest Dynamic Performance Management system. Exige prices start at £52,900, with the cup requiring yet another £10,000. Per year later, a Roadster version accompanied the Exige S in the cost lists (and is nearly identical to drive) while there's now the offer of the hardcore Exige V6 Cup.