Reviewed – Lotus Exige Roadster

5 Jun 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Reviewed – Lotus Exige Roadster

T he Lotus Exige is a bit of a performance an Elise on steroids with car looks. Not any more though, the has become longer and heavier but powerful. Its looks have mellowed slightly along the

The Roadster takes this one stage further. Not only is the gone but so too has the rear wing and splitter. Has the Exige gone

Well not really. Its looks may evolved but in the flesh it is a stunning car and has presence. The gunmetal grey red leather of our test car perfectly what has become a more car.

When I tested the earlier in the year I revelled in the at me#8217; paint scheme but in Exige it feels right to be a more understated. That said people will hear you coming thanks to the exhaust note coming behind you.

Once on the move the Exige is Lotus. Exquisite steering with razor sharp allow you to get the most from any Through each corner the is superb and each straight is with a flex of your ankle.

There is some present if not driven correctly but is easily remedied with a dose of throttle.

What is about the new Exige compared to ones and the Elise is the added You also feel the added of the engine acting like a behind you. Not that it is a bad The rear feels more than ever before.

Given a track and several of tyres I#8217;m sure I be hanging the back end of the Exige out a pro.

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Inside the Exige things have moved on The interior may look familiar but the is much improved. Our test car with the optional stunning red and it added a dose of drama and to the sparse cabin.

Not so much it stopped being an Exige but to make wonder if this be my dream daily run-around, at until I start having to be The test car also came the optional Race Pack on most Exige S V6 coupes. is no bad thing as the Race Pack comes into its own on the track and the is meant for the road.

The Exige Roadster powered by the Supercharged 3.5L Toyota-sourced V6 is found in the Coupe version and the S. This gives the open-top a 0-60 of 3.8 seconds and will it onto a limited 145mph is to stop the roof peeling off at Plenty of performance and it feels criminal on the road. It has to have comparable car beat for sheer We tried the Boxster S earlier in the and it doesn#8217;t have half of the of the Roadster.

In so many ways the Porsche is and it does feel more but the Exige is the one I#8217;d rather get up on morning to drive for the sheer of it.


The Exige Roadster is like the Coupe in the sense it is more than the sum of its parts. The isn#8217;t new, neither is the but somehow it feels fresh and whilst feeling like else on sale. The fact the roof has gone just for a more enjoyable experience. The softer set-up improves manners and improvements in quality the Lotus feel worth its tag.

Overall the Exige Roadster is a piece of kit and shows what is capable of despite political Hopefully with the brighter Lotus appears to have, we see many more great coming from Lotus.

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