Lotus Exige S (2012 – ) expert review

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Lotus Exige

S (2012 ) expert review

By Andy 1st May 2012

The verdict

At first the Lotus Exige S may look a racing car with number but its supple suspension and big V6 engine, makes it a terrific road car as as a rapid track day warrior.


3. Practicality

Stop at the back. It’s more day at the than weekend in St. Tropez.

The is located beneath the rear in a compartment isolated from the and is big enough for one large rucksack. For its role, this betters the Atom, and is not far off a Caterham. But, if you are of the Exige as a Porsche 911 GT3 rival, lack of space could be an for longer trips.

Only its seats adjust steering wheel is fixed) and far over six feet tall struggle to fit inside. Rear is improved over the previous but parking sensors are welcome as the are tiny and sitting so low to the ground can distances hard to judge.

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4. Ride and handling

It’s otherworldly, and you don’t have to a racing license to tap into the The Exige S is significantly longer and than the Elise and has rear inspired by the Lotus Evora. has given it the stability to carry so speed it’s simply in a performance class to the outgoing – a car no one called tardy.

Around own 2.2-mile test track the S is five seconds quicker per lap the last Exige, a point of so vast Bernie Ecclestone see it from space. If the standard car awesome enough, you can also Lotus’ optional race which stiffens the suspension by 15 per cent, includes track-orientated (not suitable for wet roads) and a ‘Race’ mode to the stability system.

On the road, this setup is not as as you might think and most imperfections fail to upset its Only the heavy unassisted and significant wind and tyre start to make long uncomfortable. Visibility is surprisingly and the small size and telepathic found in the Exige S fills you confidence.

Instead of being the and difficult car to drive you might it is in fact approachable and rewarding.

Likewise, don#8217;t think the Roadster is significantly softer the coupe. Although it#8217;s the soft-top car#8217;s suspension has tweaked to make it more for on-road use, it#8217;s unquestionably a pure-bred sports car and still superb to drive.


The engine is the same 3.5-litre V6 from the Evora S, with and 295lb/ft of torque. That this Lotus – whether the coupe or roadster – to 62mph in 3.8 (the same as a £110,000 911 Turbo) and even more the coupe from zero to in 8.5 seconds.

A selector knob offers ‘Sport’ and ‘Race’ settings to the driving experience to your and skill levels. ‘Touring’ the exhaust and does its upmost to the car safe and stable, even if you the throttle in a wet bend. ‘Sport’ is by Lotus as the ‘fun’ setting. It a valve in the exhaust, makes the more responsive and allows for oversteer before it will ‘Race’ is contrary to what you expect.

Rather than the car even wilder, it uses an new development of stability control with Bosch to learn the of the track or road you are driving on and maximum traction. It’s uncanny and allows even own pro drivers to lap a circuit faster they can without it selected. through the corner, hit the apex, the throttle and even on a wet or greasy it will find every of grip and fire you down the straight.

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