Lotus Exige | Auto Express

30 Nov 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Lotus Exige | Auto Express

For the performance it delivers, the represents reasonable value for Not even the mighty Porsche 911 GT3 can up along the straights! Better is the extraordinary chassis, which up more fun than almost else available.

It’s not – the cramped cabin and limited are just two of the problems. But when it to undiluted driving pleasure, not else comes close.

How do you improve the quickest car in your Make it faster. at least, the answer from Lotus.

last year, the Exige S lightweight construction, a powerful and great handling to create a rapid machine. Now, engineers at the Norfolk firm the model needs a little The result is the Performance Pack.

£3,000 to the Exige’s basic price, the option brings a of engine and chassis upgrades. to the existing supercharged 1.8-litre mean power increases to – a rise of 20bhp.

To make the best use of this, the has been fitted with the variable traction control from the track-inspired 2-Eleven. And to the Exige stops as well as it powerful four-piston front developed by the firm’s racing are included.

Outside, there many chan­ges to the distinctive Those with sharp will notice the new engine air which now stret­ches from the top of the all the way back across the roof.

Elsewhere, it retains the old model’s rear wing, deep scoops and menacing black Squeeze in through the narrow opening and you’re confronted by an spartan cabin. Heavily bucket seats, a comprehensive cluster and twin airbags are as sophisticated as it gets.

It’s a cramped, while visibility out of the is non-existent because of the intercooler, is mounted on top of the engine. But this is all the instant you hit the starter button.

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At idle, the uprated Toyota-sourced sounds a bit rough. Once though, it dishes up electrify­ing An integrated launch control catapults you off the line.

The result is a time of only four while in-gear acceleration is blistering.

But the Exige really into its own through corners. to stiff springs and thicker bars, the car feels rock and grip is simply incredible. The is pin sharp and full of feel, and you to place the two-seater with surgical precision.

How­ever, due to this extremely set-up, the ride is very even on smooth surfaces, and crashy when travelling badly broken tarmac.

So, the is not exactly a sensible everyday Practicality is far too limited, while not refined enough to be a serious for the daily grind. But for that one day on the road, the Exige S is sensational – and Performance Pack version is the of the lot.

Rival: Caterham CSR 260

The CSR 260 is one of the few cars to more pace and involvement the Lotus. But there’s no roof, its is smaller and it’s no more an expensive weekend toy.

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