This is the new Lotus Exige S Roadster and is it rather naughty.
Powered by a 6-cylinder supercharged 3.5 V6 engine – the 0-60 mph time is recorded as 3.8 seconds, 0-100 mph in 8.5 seconds and a top speed of 145 mph. If you are concerned about CO2 emissions then it produces 236 g/km. Lotus tells us that it should do around 28 mpg on the combined fuel run.
The Lotus Exige S Roadster comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, but you can specify the Lotus’ Serial Precision Shift (SPS) system , a paddle-operated automated manual transmission, which makes life more relaxed in the city and more F1-like when it’s let off the leash. The SPS gearbox means the driver never has to take their hands off the wheel, it prevents errors during shifting, and it is lighter and more compact than a normal torque-converter transmission.
The car comes with two different suspension settings. There’s the standard setting for an active driving experience suited to public roads; and an optional setting as part of the Race Pack for maximum performance, developed for track use. The launch control system can be activated when the car is in Race mode.
Do not expect much inside – but should the hardcore look be too harsh you can add a more luxurious interior – even the roof is a factory-fitted light weight soft top roof rather than a panel.
We will have Lotus Exige S Roadster prices and an order/delivery dates shortly.Published 6 March 2012