The all new next generation Lotus Exige S

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2012 Lotus Exige S 3Q Front
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  • 1080kg Lightweight Exige Chassis
  • + 350 PS 3.5l V6 Supercharged Evora S Engine

Raw performance, agility, unparalleled ride and handling and mind blowing drive experience, these attributes are what people have come to expect from Lotus. And we don’t like to disappoint. After months of media speculation Group Lotus is proud to announce the latest addition to the family: the extraordinary new Exige S, the ultimate lightweight high performance sportscar.

Alongside the staggering power to weight ratio, the Exige S has a completely new exterior and interior look and feel. The dramatic styling overhaul sees a completely new look for the Exige including a new front splitter and rear spoiler giving it a strong and aerodynamic profile.

There are two new interior package options available: Premium and Premium Sport. The Premium Pack provides added comfort and style where as the Premium Sport option focuses on creating an internal space optimized for ultimate driver involvement.

Built for the adrenalin hungry sportscar aficionado, the Exige S features high performance bespoke tire package with Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tires as standard. A Lotus DPM (Dynamic Performance Management) switch allows the driver to switch between three driving modes: Touring, Sport and DPM off.

And if three dynamic settings are not enough, an additional Race Pack option 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 optimized suspension setting making the car perfect for letting rip on the track.

Commenting on the Exige S, Group Lotus Chief Executive Officer Dany Bahar said: “Anyone who has ever driven an Exige will tell you that it’s not for the faint-hearted. The new Exige S skips a few rungs on the ladder to give the driver the ultimate Lotus experience. Quite simply you can’t get more Lotus than the Exige S.”

Please note: At time of going to print (September 2011) the fuel economy, CO2 and performance figures have not been witness tested. Group Lotus plc will publish these figures as soon as they become available on the  website

Vehicle DescriptionTechnical SpecificationLotus Exige S


Mid-mounted, transverse, 3456 cm3, 2GR-FEengine, aluminium lightweight and compact construction, V6 24 valve, water cooled, supercharged with double overhead camshafts per cylinder bank, 4 valves per cylinder, Dual-Variable Valve Timing – intelligent, direct ignition system, electronic throttle control system-intelligent

Harrop HTV 1320 supercharger assembly (utilising Eaton Twin Vortex Series (TVS) Technology ™)

Engine management

Lotus T6e engine control unit

Compression Ratio


Bore x Stroke

94 x 83

Max Power

350 PS / 257.5 kW / 345 hp @ 7000 rpm

Max Torque

400 Nm / 295 lb ft @ 4500 rpm

Emissions control

Three-way catalytic converter.

Euro V emissions compliant with full On-Board Diagnostics (OBD).


EA60 6 speed transverse Sports Ratios manual gearbox with open differential


Fully independent suspension utilizing unequal length wishbones, Bilstein mono-tube gas damper, Eibach coaxial coil spring at each corner and front and rear anti-roll bar.


Lotus designed lightweight structure of epoxy bonded

aluminumalloy extrusions with integral steel seat-belt support structure and lightweight steel rear subframe.

Dynamic Performance Management (DPM)

Corner Brake Control (CBC)

Drag Torque Control (DTC)

Electronic Differential Lock (EDL)

Traction Control System (TCS)

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)*

Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)*

Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)*

Understeer Recognition


All apart from * can be completely

switched off

DPM with Sports Mode button

Sport Mode increases the traction slip thresholds and removes understeer recognition, allowing the driver more vehicle control before an intervention is required.


Solidly mounted mechanical rack and pinion steering box with 2.8 turns lock-to-lock.


Servo-assisted, track tuned 4-channel Antilock Braking System (ABS)

AP-Racing four-piston callipers(front and rear)

Front: 350 mm ventilated and cross drilled cast-iron discs

Rear: 332 mm ventilated and cross drilled cast-iron discs




Lightweight alloy wheels






Pirelli P-Zero Corsa

205/45 R17

265/45 R18

Gear ratios

1st:                                            3.538

2nd:                                           1.913

3rd:                                            1.407

4th:                                            1.091

5th:                                            0.9697

6th:                                            0.8611

Reverse:                                   3.831

Final Drive (1st-4th):                3.777

Final Drive (5th – 6th)              3.238


Target Performance Figures (Subject to Type Approval and Subject to Change)

Max. Engine Speed

6,600 rpm continuous and 6,800 rpm transient

7,000 rpm continuous and 7,200 rpm transient (Sport Mode)

0-100 km/h

~ 3.8 seconds

0-160 km/h)

7.9 seconds

Maximum speed

~274 km/h / ~170 mph

Fuel tank capacity

40 liters( 8.8 gal (UK) )





2370 mm

Track – front

1453 mm

Track – rear

1499 mm

Overall length

4052 mm

Overall width (door mirrors excluded)

1802 mm

Overall height – midladen (as per unladen with 2x 75 kg occupants)

1153 mm

Overhang – front (including splitter)

880 mm

Overhang – rear

802 mm

Ramp Angle – front

7.4 degrees

Ramp Angle – rear

16.4 degrees

Ground clearance – midladen (as per unladen with 2x 75 kg occupants)

130 mm (front); 135 mm (rear)

Target Vehicle mass – curb

1,080 kg

Drag Coefficient



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