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Lotus Exige S arrives with V6 power

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16th April, 2013

The Lotus Exige S has arrived in Australia offering a combination of race-track orientated performance and on-road ability that, while derived from the sports car makerís unique motor sport experience, offers super car performance without the super car price.

Priced at $119,990*, the Lotus Exige S combines compact size, low weight and big engine, in the form of a supercharged 3.5 litre V6 engine that punches out 257.5 kW and 400 Nm of torque. With a weight of less than 1,200 kgs for the car, which is lighter than some of the smallest hatchbacks.

The result is performance that can only described as shattering. The blast to 100 km/h is dispatched in four seconds and continues unabated, as shown by a zero to 160 km/h time of 8.5 seconds, to a top speed of 274 km/h.

Of course, power is nothing without control and, as would be expected from a company that built its legend on chassis design, the Lotus Exige S is as equally masterful in the corners as it is in a straight light.

Using the light, responsive steering to fling the Exige S into a corner invites an instantaneous response that is both accurate and resolved in its ability to corner at speeds and with lateral loads that reveal its remarkable track performance. At the same time, recognising that not all roads and even some race tracks are smooth, the chassis offers remarkable levels of compliance to smooth out bumps and maintain the maximum tyre footprint contact with the road surface for high levels of adhesion.

This is achieved with a blend of mechanical design and electronics that not only seamlessly combine to produce the ideal chassis response for changing road conditions but which also, through a Lotus DPM (Dynamic Performance Management) switch allows the driver to switch between three driving modes: Touring, Sport and DPM off, allows the driver to tailor the chassis to his/her specific requirements and track or road conditions.

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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 optimised suspension setting making the car suitable for letting rip on the track.

Of course, the Lotus Exige S stops as well as it goes with AP Racing four piston clippers clamping themselves to massive 350 mm ventilated and cross drilled discs at the front and 332 discs at the rear, all backed by four channel ABS anti-lock system.

The interior is just as focussed as the chassis and drivetrain. Built around the driver, everything required to execute the performance falls naturally to hand and is perfectly positioned while the instruments are in the ideal line of sight. The seat is said to 'grab' in the right places and provides comfort where needed, all of which combines to permit the driver to extract the maximum excitement from the Exige S.

Despite all of this, the Exige S is not some temperamental beast that can monster a race track and be a pain on the road to and from the track. It is, when required, smooth, docile and easy to drive, allowing everyday driving while the driver knows that a flex of the right foot, a flick of the hand or a twist of a wrist will mean an instantaneous super car response.


* Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.



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