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