2004 LOTUS EXIGE
22nd February, 2004
The new Lotus Exige is making its world debut simultaneously in Australia and in Switzerland, when the covers are pulled off the striking Chrome Orange cars on the 2nd March 2004, at both the Geneva and Melbourne International Motor Shows.
As with the new Elise 111R model announced at the Brisbane Motor Show earlier this month, Australia is the first market in the world to get this exciting new flagship model.
The original Exige, which came to Australia in limited numbers in 2001 and 2002, is now a true “collectable”. Of the 580 produced; only 8 were sold in Australia.
The new Exige will be slightly more plentiful, with Australia having an allocation of one car per month, into the foreseeable future.
Most significantly, the new Exige enters the market priced at $99,990, that's $30,000 less than its predecessor!
The new Exige is available in three versions, the standard car or, alternativel, as a Touring Pack or Performance Pack versions.
Either pack adds $7,000 to the price.
Later this year, a full motorsport version of the car will be announced.
on the standard Exige include:
The Exige Touring Pack adds the following features to the standard car:
Alternatively, customers may opt for the Performance Pack, which comprises of the following:
Additional competition items may be ordered as dealer fitted items from Lotus Motorsport
Please note that for the FIA approved cage to be fitted, the car must be ordered with the optional T45 roll hoop, as currently fitted to the Lotus Sport 111.
In fact, any Exige or Elise intended for serious competition use, should be ordered with the T45 roll-hoop. This is built into the chassis on line and cannot be retro fitted.
This includes cars intending to compete in events such as Targa Tasmania and Targa New Zealand.
The new Lotus Exige is the new flagship of the Lotus range. Of all the Elise and Exige derivatives thus far, it provides the highest level of performance yet, in its guise as a standard road car.
Unlike its very focused predecessor, the new Exige is perfectly suited to every day driving, being considerably quieter inside and equipped with a highly efficient, albeit very light weight (15 kg) air-conditioning system.
Unlike the original version, it even has a boot!
for discerning sports car buyers in Australia.
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