Lotus is threatening to make their cars fatter, more complicated and more mainstream within the next few years. But it looks like there is going to be at least one more generation of the lightweight Exige. That’s not to say it hasn’t got a bit more gadgety and gained a few pounds over its predeccessor, but it’s still lighter than the competition, and it’s had a boost in power to compensate for the extra flab.
The 2012 Lotus Exige S weighs in at 1080 kgs (2,380 lbs). That’s 145 kgs (310 lbs) heavier than last year’s car, but its got an extra 130 horsepower thanks to its supercharged 3.5 litre V6. This transverse-mounted unit – which is borrowed from the Evora – develops 345 horsepower and provides the car with a significantly better power to weight ratio than its predecessor.
The styling of the 2012 Lotus Exige S has been significantly revised, but its still got a strong connection to the original car. The front end is sportier and there are larger intakes and better looking headlights. The new front and rear spoilers give it a superior aerodynamic profile and provide more downforce.
There are two new interior package options available for the 2012 Lotus Exige S: Premium and Premium Sport. The Premium Pack provides added comfort and style whereas the Premium Sport option is more driver focused.
A Lotus DPM (Dynamic Performance Management) switch allows the driver to switch between three driving modes: Touring, Sport and DPM off. An optional Race Pack is available which adds a fourth driving mode setting: Race. This setting provides the maximum possible traction out of corners. The Race Pack also features Launch Control and an optimised suspension setting ideal for track use.