Lotus Exige

The Lotus Exige was introduced in the 2006 model year. It is a fixed-roof version of Lotus’ Elise roadster. The Exige is designed to be competitive on the racetrack, although there isn’t anything preventing the average consumer from using it on his or her daily commute to the office.

The Exige is extremely lightweight; its aluminum chassis and lack of numerous features allow the Exige to have a curb weight of only 2,015 pounds, which is about 1,000 pounds less than the Porsche Cayman S.

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Lotus Exige Origins

The 2006 Lotus Exige’s sculpted engine cover, rear wing, and front-air splitter are designed to increase down force when driven at high speeds. Although it’s street-legal, this car was made for the race track. Equipped with a 1.8-liter 190 hp four-cylinder engine that delivers 138 lb-ft of torque and a six-speed manual transmission, the 2006 Lotus Exige could go from zero to 60 in 4.7 seconds, and could reach a top speed of 147 mph.

Superior handling is due to a stiffer sport suspension and a Track Pack included an adjustable suspension, wider front tires, and Yokohama tires.

A Lotus Exige S was introduced in the U.S. market in 2007. It offered a 1796 cc DOHC I4 with variable valve timing and lift intelligent (VVTL-I) engine. The engine was supercharged and intercooled and provided the power to win at the track. Combined with the engine was a six-speed manual close gear ratio transmission with a single-plate dry clutch. Weighing in at only 2,057 pounds, the 2007 Lotus Exige S could go from zero to 60 in a swift 4.1 seconds and was clocked at a top speed of 148 mph.

In 2008, the Exige S offered an option to increase hp from 220 to 240. The package included upgraded AP Racing brakes and a larger roof scoop; zero to 60 mph time was trimmed to just less than four seconds with the option.

In 2009, the Exige was sold either as an S240 or S260. The S240 offered enhanced horsepower as standard equipment. The S260 was equipped with a 257 hp engine, and offered zero to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds.

Standard equipment on the Lotus Exige includes air conditioning, which can be removed to save weight and a stereo with AM/FM/CD. A Touring Pack offers leather seating, power windows, full carpeting, improvements to the sound deadening material, and an upgraded audio system. The Track Pack gets your car ready for track day by installing adjustable dampers, additional rear suspension brace, adjustable front stabilizer bar, and fittings for a race-oriented harness. Sixteen-inch alloy wheels for the front and 17-inch for the back are teamed with Yokohama Advan A048 tires. An optional limited slip differential improves acceleration and power delivery when exiting from a corner.

About the Lotus Exige

The Lotus Exige is known to be one of the best street-legal race cars ever assembled. Lotus is known for superior engineering and a knowledge about how to make fast cars that people want to buy even if they’re never going to the track. The company also has experienced personnel to hand-build a Lotus to impeccable standards.

The Lotus Exige S offers more horsepower and improved suspension to give drivers a thrilling ride on the track as well as having the ability to drive a track-ready vehicle around town.

Lotus Exige Features

The 2012 Exige S is equipped with a 345 hp supercharged V6 engine and a six-speed manual transmission; it is the fastest Exige S yet. Able to reach a top speed of 170 mph, it can go from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds.

New option packages are offered to help you customize the look and improve performance. Driving modes include Touring, Sport, DPM, and Race, as well as Premium and Premium Sport packs for interior features.

Lotus’ Dynamic Performance Management (DPM) allows the driver to switch to Touring or Sport performance modes or bypass DPM altogether. With the optional Race pack, drivers can also select Race mode. Race mode delivers optimal traction on curves. Race mode also offers improved suspension and Launch Control. Also included are Lotus’ and Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tires. Sports car enthusiasts will find much to love in the 2012 Lotus Exige S.

Two hundred pounds heavier than its predecessor, the headlights have been redesigned, along with the entire front end. The new front splitter gives the Exige an even sportier look; the larger rear wing is mounted on the deck. Taillights are recessed across the back end.

Lotus Exige Evolution

While it was introduced in 2006, the track-only Lotus Sport Exige Cup was available a year later. It delivered 252 hp, compared to 243 hp. In 2008, the Exige S was introduced as it offered an optional increase in horsepower and a larger roof scoop. The Exige S offered standard as S240 or S260, with increased horsepower in 2009. In 2010, the Exige S 260 was discontinued. The Exige S 240 received a redesigned front end and low-drag rear wing. The optional Track package included Ohlins dampers. The Exige S 260 was reintroduced in 2011 and a special edition Roger Becker model was introduced.

Select a Lotus Exige Year

2011 Lotus Exige

Coupe, Sports

The 2011 Lotus Exige is one of the top line sport vehicles available from Lotus.

2010 Lotus Exige

Coupe, Sports

The Exige wears a new composite rear wing a la the GT3 concept that was shown at the 2007 Geneva auto show. The 2010 wing is over seven inches wider and nearly two inches taller than the 2009 version. A restyled front fascia includes a larger central air intake flanked by two additional intakes. A new track package boasts adjustable Ohlins dampers.

2009 Lotus Exige

Coupe, Sports

The 2009 Lotus Exige was built to appeal to a very specific audience: driving enthusiasts who want to feel like they're on a racetrack.

2008 Lotus Exige

Coupe, Sports

2007 Lotus Exige

Coupe, Sports

2006 Lotus Exige

Coupe, Sports

While the Lotus 2006 Exige may seem like nothing more than a Lotus Elise with an attached roof, it has a few notable differences.