2012 Lotus Exige S review – What Car?

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2012 Lotus Exige S

The 2012 Lotus Exige S is the incarnation of the company’s most road car.

As before, essentially a heavily modified of the Lotus Elise . with a nature that will to buyers who are as likely to enjoy the potential on a racetrack as on the road.

Exige is significantly different the previous models, however, and to the In fact, it has almost as much in with the company’s flagship the Evora . Not least a version of its 3.5-litre V6 engine. In the Exige it 345bhp and 295lb ft of torque, through a six-speed manual to the rear wheels.

Although the S uses the same aluminium tub as the it has a longer wheelbase and new rear to accommodate the new engine and deal its power.

The Exige S also gets suspension, brakes and steering, the new bodywork gives a wider, aggressive stance. It now looks inch a compact supercar, and engineers say they have this Exige more than previous models and suited to everyday use.

start at £52,900 (excluding costs), although Lotus around two-thirds of buyers to go for the race pack, which stiffer suspension and an upgraded control system.

What’s the Lotus Exige S like to

We drove the Exige S on a soaked and on similarly wet, bumpy around Lotus’s Norfolk What’s so impressive is that immense fun on both.

All that power and a kerbweight of 1176kg makes the Exige S as as more exotic machinery. The 0-60mph time is 3.8 seconds and 0-100mph takes just 8.5 The V6 engine doesn’t sound as as a Ferrari 458 Italia’s and it’s a slow to build revs, but it gets into its stride brutally effective.

If the Exige S’s speed is staggering, its ability to that pace through is just as mind-blowing. Despite heavier than an Elise, the S has the same agile character and its width and fat tyres help to tremendous grip.

Traction is thanks to a clever stability system that stops getting unruly, without heavy-handed. Our test car had the optional pack, which provides an ‘race’ setting. This the amount of grip available and how much power is sent to the through corners.

Throw the car into a corner, hit the and floor the throttle and the system the rest, allowing you to concentrate on the one. Lotus’s claim it can give faster lap times even the most talented seems feasible.

The Exige S’s is heavy at parking speeds, but it alive on the move and you feel that’s going on through the That means there’s kickback over bumps and surfaces, but that’s a small to pay for such a strong connection the driver, car and road surface.

Even with its stiffer pack settings, the Exige S’s quality is remarkably forgiving for a performance-oriented car. It’s firm, but body movement is so controlled that the car never unsettled, however bad the road.

its newfound sophistication, the Exige a raw edge. The gearshift, like the needs a heavy hand, and has a direct feel. Similarly, you everything that the mid-mounted is doing.

There’s also wind- and road noise at to render the stereo all but redundant.

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the 2012 Lotus Exige S inside?

The Exige S might a striking new exterior, but the interior is much standard Elise. The construction, parts-bin switchgear, high-tech and safety features and materials are virtually identical to of the car that was launched in 2002, a price well below That’s a bit of an issue for a car that’s launched in 2012, and that cost most owners than £55,000.

It won’t overly concern that choose the Exige S for its track-day potential, maybe, but they might be a bit miffed it feels like its from a era to rivals such as the Porsche R . and that there’s so little for the seat (which slides and aft only) and steering wheel is fixed).

Getting in and out is as much of a as ever, too. The low roof and sill make it a fairly process for those of average let alone anyone that’s six-foot tall. It is at least a bit when the roof panel of the version is removed.

Should I buy one?

If driving are your only priority, the Exige S is easy to recommend. a brilliant example of what engineers can achieve.

The Exige S is fast and looks great, but its £50,000+ price is hard to when you consider what you could have for the money. such as the BMW M3 and Porsche Cayman S similarly thrilling performance and but much more in the way of creature high-tech kit and everyday practicality.

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Leo Wilkinson

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