Lotus Cars Limited is a British automotive company headquartered in Norfolk, England. It manufactures sports cars and racing cars noted for their lightweight and fine handling characteristics.
The Exige is a very close relative to the Elise. In fact, the entire front of the car is exactly the same. The rear of the car is more closely related to the Evora. The car is considered to be a coupe version of the Elise, but it does offer a lot more than just that.
Lotus had Essentially combined the two cars together in order to test their new 3.5-litre supercharged V6 Toyota engine. After extensive testing, the Lotus test drivers loved the car that was created, and so the company decided to release the car as the Exige.
The result was a more hardcore version of Elise. A car that is fully focused on performance and more geared towards driving on a racetrack as opposed to winding roads on a sunny weekend. More power, more grip and more downforce on the Exige meant that it had come closer to a real race car than the Elise.
The Exige has three different models on offer, and the top-of-the-range version, it offers a 3.5-litre supercharged V6 Toyota engine with great horsepower. It can do 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of 178 mph.
The car remains extremely lightweight, with an overall weight of around1100kg. Lotus retained their philosophy of having lightweight cars, but this time added a significant amount of extra power as well.
Lotus also gave the Exige bigger tires and brakes for some extra grip and stopping power. The result is a car that handles just as well as the Elise but has much more power and straight-line speed, perfect for track days.
In addition, the Exige features exterior carbon fiber winglets and inlets which produce actual downforce rather than just being cosmetic. These come as standard on the car, and they are bolted on to increase the car’s high-speed cornering ability.
Lotus have been reluctant to upgrade the engine to produce more than 400 horsepower though. This is because doing so would mean that the engine would need some extra cooling components and a lot of extra design work. As a result, the overall weight of the Exige would increase dramatically, therefore affecting the driving experience.
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