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11th March, 2012

The new Lotus Exige S Roadster combines the coupť versionnís†mesmerizing† performance and handling with an open air experience that makes the driver feel all the more at one with the road.

Itís 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 typical 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 km/h from standing in a prompt 4 seconds and on a race track the 0-160 km/h†time is 8.5 seconds highlighting the fact that this little roadster packs a punch both on and off the track. The top speed for the Exige S Roadster on a race track is 233 km/h. (copyright image)
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With a targeted weight of just under 1,100 kg, this is one of the lightest six-cylinder roadsters on the market by some margin.

Outside, itís a fine balance of beauty and the beast. The drop-top adds extrovert style to the Exigeís 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 Lotusí Serial Precision Shift (SPS), a paddle-operated automated manual transmission, which makes life more relaxed in the city and more F1-like when itís 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. Thereís 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 minimalism and functionality. The customer can specify a comfort enhanced plush interior or go for a more stripped down, basic version.

The car is expected to be available in Australia in 2013.


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