Lotus Reveals its Next Generation Exige
|   Thursday, October 24, 2013
The standard Lotus Exige may seem to be the ultimate form of budget sports car but Lotus made sure that it does not stay so. Originally, this vehicle weighs a little more than a box of feathers while its interior is composed out of basic components to keep weight in check. Power comes from a 345 BHP displacing V6 engine manufactured by Toyota while power displacement can put many high end vehicles to shame.

Primary factors aiding the Exige are its high power to weight ratio, which actually makes it a class leader.
Lotus however should seriously consider adding power steering to this vehicle along with rebuilding its chassis. Power generation is quite high considering chassis stability and although this does not hamper safety, we can never be too careful with speed. Reworked brakes are also necessary as it will infuse confidence while driving.

This is precisely why Lotus has upgraded the power house behind the Exige. Lotus has chosen to stick to its original Spartan interior trim while getting rid of any sound proofing material on the inside. Hence, cabin comfort takes a hit by a margin. Despite these aspects, this vehicle is very much street legal, which means that you can always take it out for a spin.

Frankly this is all what matters when you have a car as powerful as the Exige. When you consider power generation, this vehicle is easily an equivalent to Porsche's 911 GT3 RS. However, both these vehicles are at different levels altogether and hence cannot be compared. The Lotus Exige feels like a Caterham Seven with a super charged engine and air conditioner. We were lucky enough to get behind the wheels of a prototype and it was a crazy sensation driving this vehicle.

Even though there is nothing hypothetical about this beast, it can be subtle at times too. Low end torque us present which makes it easy to drive in urban environments. Before heading out to open roads, we decided to take this vehicle out for a spin on a new track just built by Lotus. Surprisingly, this vehicle is not as out of control as we had originally anticipated.

It is easy to drive and control around corners and this really was surprising considering its predecessor. However, it was quite noisy while its bucket seats are not as comfortable as originally anticipated. This in fact makes ride quality stiff and not as sober as expected. Lotus needs to put in some serious work if they want to achieve sales.

On road however, the seats are not as uncomfortable while round double wish bone suspension responds smoothly to every need. A stout roll cage has been inserted along with additional driver side air bags. Priced at £62,995, Lotus has overdone its Exige this time and you should seriously consider other options if you are looking to make a purchase. The good news is that this vehicle is still some time off and hence Lotus has ample time to make these required modifications.
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