The 2012 Lotus Exige will be powered by a new V6 engine. Lotus is aiming to bridge the gap between its present range and its five-strong line-up of new sports cars that will arrive starting in 2013. Since December 2010, there have been no Exiges built for the European market. It stopped when the Exige’s 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine failed to meet emissions regulations.
Autocar said that Lotus boss Dany Bahar intends to fully support and enhance the present range of Lotuses before the new models are phased in, beginning with the 2013 Esprit.
Last summer, an early V6-equipped Exige test mule was spied when Lotus first tried to fit the Toyota-sourced 3.5-litre V6 from the Evora within the Exige’s mid-engined, rear-drive layout.
This mule featured a considerably wider track as Lotus attempted to fit the engine in the Exige. The Exige was also seen testing at Lotus’ Hethel headquarters where it seemed to be nearly totally new from the B-pillars back. Revised front styling is also evident at the front.
According to Lotus design boss Donato Coco, the present Lotus models have an appearance that’s “too weak.” He aims for these models to appear bolder and more aggressive, taking inspiration from the lineup of new sports cars previewed at the 2010 Paris motor show.
All these Lotus models – Exige, Elise and Evora – will get these styling changes for 2012. Bahar has revealed in a prior report that there would be over 150 other revisions to be made to each model, including those for interior quality.