Lotus Exige S roadster (manual) in UK specification
Lotus Exige S to gain auto option
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6th November, 2014
Acknowledged as a high performer with road and racetrack ability without
too high a price tag, the Lotus Exige S coupe and roadster are set to become available with an automatic transmission in
Lotus has announced that the manual version of the Lotus sports car will be complimented by a self-shifting version of
the Exige S aimed at drivers who prefer the ability to have a racing car style paddle operated gearshift and the ease of
use and convenience of a self-shifting gearbox.
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The six speed automatic gearbox has been specifically tailored to the performance offered the Exige S, with a choice
of ‘Sport’ or ‘Race’ mode defining the level of aggressiveness of the shift action. The new gearbox further sharpens
straight line performance, clipping 0.1 second off the sprint to 100 km/h, dropping it to just 3.9 seconds. The automatic
gearbox has no effect on the Exige’s ability to keep up with the manual. On the Lotus test track at Hethel (England), the
self-shifting Lotus Exige S records the same lap time as the manual car.
The driving experience is further enhanced by not only providing smooth and intuitive gear shifts that optimises
engine performance; it enables the drivetrain to offer an exhaust note that is in keeping with the Exige’s 'character'.
Prices for the new automatic versions of the Lotus Exige S and Exige S Roadster will be announced when they arrive in
Australia during 2015.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.