2012 Geneva Motor Show: 2013 Lotus Exige S Roadster

Article by Christian A., on March 6, 2012

Lotus presented at the Geneva Motor Show the 2013 Exige S Roadster, a car that promises to combine the handling with the open air experience that makes you feel all the more at one with the road. The car is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine delivering 345 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, and mated to a standard six-speed manual gearbox while the Serial Precision Shift automated gearbox is available as an option.

The 2013 Lotus Exige S Roadster is able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4 seconds (60 mph I 3.8 seconds), 160 km/h (100 mph) in 8.5 seconds and has a top speed of 233 km/h or 145 mph. Still, the Lotus Exige S Roadster delivers 236 g of CO2 per km.

Moreover, the Lotus Exige S Roadster using the manual gearbox will have a fuel consumption of: Urban 14.5 l/100km (19.5 mpg), Extra urban 7.6 l/100km (37.2 mpg), Combined 10.1 l/100 km (28.0 mpg). With a targeted weight of just under 1100 kg, this is one of the lightest six-cylinder roadsters on the market by some margin. Furthermore, it's the first time an Exige model has been offered with a factory-fitted soft top roof, one which is typically lightweight and easy to put up and take down.

According to Lotus, the Exige S Roadster will be offered with two different suspension settings, a standard setting for an active driving experience suited to public roads and an optional setting as part of the Race Pack for maximum performance, developed for track use.

Moreover, the Exige S Roadster also comes with a launch control system, but this can be activated when the car is in Race mode. Inside, the car is a lesson in stylish minimalism and functionality. The customer can specify a comfort enhanced plush interior or go for a more stripped down, sporty option. As expected, you will not see this model in the United States, as the British manufacturer developed it for the main markets such as Europe and Asia.

There is no need to speculate anymore. Group Lotus’ ultimate lightweight high performance sports car is officially coming to town – the new Lotus Exige S. This sports car carries all the elements people expect from the carmaker – performance, superb ride and handling, terrific agility and a dynamic drive.

Because of its lightweight nature and the power potential coming from the engine fitted underneath its muscular hood, the new Exige S boasts of an outstanding power to weight ratio. In addition, the Exige S, compared to the Exige, comes with a new exterior and a new interior. While similarities exist, an array of styling changes has been made including the fitment of a new front splitter and rear spoiler. As for the interior, Lotus is offering two package options -- Premium and Premium Sport. When availed, the Premium Pack adds more style and comfort. On the other hand, Premium Sport lends the interior a more driver-focused environment.

In addition, Lotus is offering a high performance tire package for the Exige S that includes as standard, Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tires. Moreover, the Exige S features the Lotus DPM (Dynamic Performance Management) switch that lends access to three driving modes: Touring, Sport and DPM off. Lotus is also offering a Race Pack option that provides a fourth driving mode – Race, which allows for optimal traction out of corners. This pack also comes with Launch Control as well as an optimized suspension setting to suit a day on the track.

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Lotus Exige S Roadster

More raw than a Japanese tasting menu, the Lotus Exige S Roadster combines its coupé twin's mesmerizing grunt and handling with an open air experience that makes the driver feel all the more at one with the road.

It's the first time an Exige model has been offered with a factory-fitted soft top roof, one which is typically lightweight and easy to put up and take down.

In true Lotus fashion the finely tuned suspension delivers a responsive ride and sublimely agile handling, whilst the supercharged 3.5 V6 engine with race-derived technologies delivers stunning performance. Reaching 100 kph from standing in a neck-snapping 4 seconds (0 - 60 mph in 3.8 seconds) and 0-160 kph (0-100 mph) in 8.5 seconds this little roadster packs a punch both on and off the track. The top speed for the Lotus Exige S Roadster is 233 kph (145 mph) and it produces just 236 g of CO2 per km.

With a targeted weight of just under 1100 kg, this is one of the lightest six-cylinder roadsters on the market by some margin.

Outside, it's a fine balance of beauty and the beast. The drop-top adds extrovert style to the Exige's already muscular contours, at the same time it is an elegant machine that keeps its clenched fist under wraps.

The Roadster comes with a six-speed manual gearbox, but will also be available with Lotus' Serial Precision Shift (SPS), a paddle-operated automated manual transmission, which makes life more relaxed in the city and more F1-like when it's let off the leash. The SPS gearbox means the driver never has to take their hands off the wheel, it prevents errors during shifting, and it is lighter and more compact than a normal torque-converter transmission.

The car comes with two different suspension settings. There's the standard setting for an active driving experience suited to public roads; and an optional setting as part of the Race Pack for maximum performance, developed for track use. The launch control system can be activated when the car is in Race mode.

Inside, the car is a lesson in stylish minimalism and functionality. The customer can specify a comfort enhanced plush interior or go for a more stripped down, sporty option.

The car has been developed for the main markets such as Europe and Asia. The Lotus Exige S Roadster will not be available to the U.S market.

Fuel economy figures for the Lotus Exige S Roadster with manual gearbox: Urban 14.5 l/100km (19.5 mpg), Extra urban 7.6 l/100km (37.2 mpg), Combined 10.1 l/100 km (28.0 mpg). CO2 emissions for the Lotus Exige S Roadster: 236 g/km.

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