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Lotus Exige

Turbo conversion gives an S-beating 280bhp


The Lotus Exige is a brilliant multi-layered feedback coursing all of its controls, possessed of incredible paired with masses of and stunning mini-GT racer All it lacks (for some, at is that addictive thump of torque, a criticism that have been answered by the Exige S. And it was, sort of. But the unit makes the buzzy engine sound pretty whiny and harsh.

The delivery as exciting as it should be either, and predictable but lacking in drama and bite. Somehow, despite ingredients, the S doesn’t quite the thrills.

So what to do? Well, either that the Exige really to be wound up tight to deliver the or look for another means of its performance. If you choose the latter tuning company Weltmeister just have the answer.

is the Weltmeister Trophy, an Exige with a Garrett GT28R and a Spearco intercooler, as well as new and exhaust systems. The conversion 280bhp and 220lb ft well up on the S’s 218bhp and 159lb ft. At fitted, it’s not cheap, but are plenty of people out there even more money Exiges with Honda motors and dull VAG 1.8T so there’s obviously a market for a conversion.

And if it can combine the top-end rush of a Exige with a hefty of useable torque then the might just be the Exige been waiting for.

has kindly allowed us to tag along on one of its at Silverstone to try out the turbocharged Exige. cold and damp in places, and sister company to WRC Technologies, has up a number of potential customers to the car after me, so I’m under instructions not to introduce it to the Armco.

The 1.8-litre Toyota engine has a stepped delivery in standard very little torque to of below the change in cam profile, a big kick and a strong surge to the Weltmeister has smoothed this but kept that final to retain the original car’s character. The Exige is a track-focused car all, you wouldn’t want it out of puff as you close in on the red line

Lotus Exige

very obvious within a few metres that there’s no of that. The turbo spools up thumping the Exige along the and the delivery keeps ramping up the engine clatters into its At the 6200rpm cam change the turbo new energy and the revs multiply at an rate.

An Exige S owner just recognise performance of this

The wide expanse of a Grand circuit usually robs you of any of speed (unless you’re in an F1 but even here the Exige genuinely potent, and when with other cars you just how fast the Trophy is. are simply an annoyance to be despatched as as possible, and even pretty race cars aren’t the Exige’s reach.

Power doesn’t come at the of composure, the Exige chassis fitted with factory-optional dampers) soaking up the massive in power with relative You can break traction but it certainly an issue if you’re not deliberately the back end, and the sweet the brilliantly resolved picture you get steering and seat are still I’d consider fitting the Lotus limited-slip differential to get a shade more control the engine does eventually the rear Yokohamas’ grip, but very little to criticise in how the goes about its business or how the copes with the upgrade.

Of course there are other Do you want a car that isn’t as the intended? Is this kit going to the inherent reliability of the Toyota

Weltmeister guarantees the work for one which offers some of mind, and I suspect there are frustrated owners out there who happily take the risk and an Exige with real performance.

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