Track mar­que

You can drive it home OK but you’ll re­ally want a race­way

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige - NEIL DOWLING neil.dowling@cars­

THE faster you drive the su­per­charged Lo­tus Ex­ige S, the more dis­tant be­come mur­murs of Lo­tus’s ill health. Grim pub­lic­ity has shrouded Lo­tus but the frag­ile sports car maker now says, ‘‘ We are in full op­er­a­tion and stock is com­ing through.’’

Fur­ther, Lo­tus Aus­tralia’s Alas­tair Mani­hera de­clares: ‘‘ We have eight road mod­els avail­able and a ninth— the Ex­ige S Road­ster— due in Europe later this year.’’

The su­per­charged Ex­ige is pro­moted as the be­gin­ning of new Lo­tus push in Aus­tralia. The car, which shares the Evora’s Toy­ota V6 with Aus­tralian Har­rop su­per­charger, costs $119,900.

The 3.5-litre engine (258kW/ 400Nm) in the 1176kg Ex­ige clips al­most one sec­ond off the 0-100km/h time, now down to 3.9 sec­onds. Lo­tus’s Dy­namic Per­for­mance Man­age­ment (DPM) sys­tem al­lows driv­ers to switch be­tween Tour­ing, Sport and DPM-off set­tings. A Race Pack op­tion adds Race mode for max­i­mum trac­tion, launch con­trol and op­ti­mised sus­pen­sion tune.

On the track the Ex­ige S is quick but that’s not what

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