Lotus Exige S Powers Up For 2008 With New Packages
10th March, 2008
Power, equipment, features part of MY08 Exige S upgrades.
The Lotus Exige S is back for 2008, faster, more powerful and better equipped.
An optional Performance Pack offers a power increase to 179 kW, up from 163 kW, which is also supported by MY08 Lotus range updates.
This hike in power, together with an increase in torque from the standard 215 Nm to 230 Nm at 5,500 rpm, helps send the Performance Pack Exige S from 0-100 km/h in 4.16 seconds, 0-160 km/h in 9.9 seconds with a top speed of 245 km/h – just 0.2 seconds and 4 km/h off the track focused 2-Eleven. Its remarkable power to weight of 191 kW per tonne is at super car levels.
Power and torque is increased across the rev range offering greater flexibility, while fuel economy is an impressive combined figure of 9.1 litres/100km.
But the increased power and speed are only elements of the Performance Pack option.
The clutch is uprated and a clutch damper fitted. There are thicker, 308 mm diameter cross-drilled and vented discs at the front clamped by AP Racing four-piston callipers; the standard brakes pads are replaced by uprated items and there are braided brake hoses.
Passing on its racing lessons from the UK Exige GT3 racing programme, Lotus Sport has contributed launch control combined with variable traction control, a feature seen on the Lotus 2-Eleven and Australian only Exige Sport 240.
A dial on the steering column selects starting revs for optimum standing starts, so all a driver needs to do is floor the throttle and quickly release the clutch. The clutch damper cushions the severity of the clutch/transmission engagement to minimise the stresses to the drivetrain .The launch control also minimises wheelspin until 10 km/h, after which the traction control takes over.
As with launch control, the amount of traction control is adjusted from the driver's seat, altering on the move to suit the characteristics of particular corners. The amount of traction control can be varied in 30 increments from seven per cent tyre slip to completely disabled.
To allow finer tuning and increased knowledge of the system, the message display in the new instrument pack displays what degree of traction control is currently dialled in.
New gauges and more
The dash also features a new high-definition LCD message panel that can display a scrolling message with vehicle system information. The red on black also maintains legibility in direct sunlight.
The new instruments constantly display fuel, engine temperature and odometer; however it can also display the time, trip distance or a digital speed readout in mph or km/h.
Warning symbols are 'secret until lit', keeping the instrumentation free from visual clutter and distraction until necessary.
The display also features a visual indication of the adjustable traction control system.
The key issue
The revised Exige S Touring pack now includes:
The Exige S Sport pack includes:
Touring and Sport packs can also be combined.
The Exige S Performance Pack includes:
Exige S Sport Pack RRP: $6,000
Exige S Performance Pack: $11,000
For 2008, paint ranges have been revised including the addition of vibrant pearlescent colours. The new Premium Colour Range has been designed to offer further customising and due to the more sophisticated manufacturing process have been individually priced.
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