2012 Geneva Motor Show: Lotus Exige S Roadster
Lotus has unveiled the Exige S Roadster at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The vehicle is based on the well-known Elise, but comes with enormous V6 in the middle.
The supercharged 3.5 liter V6 develops 350PS (257 kW) and 400Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. It is mated to a 6-speed manual or an optional SPS (Serial Precision Shift) gearbox. 0-100 km/h in 4.0 seconds, to 160 km/h in 8.5 seconds and a top speed of 233 km/h (145 mph). The fuel consumption is good – 10.1 l /100km (28.0 mpg UK) with CO2 emissions of 236 g/km.
The car comes with two different suspension settings. There's 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.
Outside, it's a fine balance of beauty and the beast. The drop-top adds extrovert style to the Exige's already muscular contours, at the same time it is an elegant machine that keeps its clenched fist under wraps
Inside, the car is a lesson in stylish minimalism and functionality. The customer can specify a comfort enhanced plush interior or go for a more stripped down, sporty option.
2012 Lotus Exige S Roadster will hit the European and the Asian markets, but there are no plans to be introduced in the USA.