2015 Lotus Exige S offers sporty-tuned power and capability

2015-04-05 13:03:50
2015 Lotus Exige S offers sporty-tuned power and capability
2015 Lotus Exige S offers sporty-tuned power and capability

The Lotus Exiges are not a new name in the market; the road-legit track-inspired cars have been in the market for quite some time now. In fact, the new 2015 Lotus Exige S comes as a more sport-tuned and overly track-based car underpinned on its bigger brothers. Its crux will be the renowned yardstick in handling with capability and perfect construction that will give a smooth and enjoyable driving experience. Venturing in the fiercely competitive lightweight sport supercars market, the Exiges is posed, with an aero-focused body kit that provides impeccable down-force and handling.    

Performance and particularly the powertrain speak for every car. Following the footprints of the erstwhile model, it is motivated by a Toyota-inspired, supercharged 3.5-Liter six cylinder mill that spews out 345 ponies at 7000 rpm and 295 lb-ft of torque at 4500 rpm. The all-ready track sport car sprints from zero to 60 mph in less than four seconds and an optimum speed of 170 mph. Engine options may be added if a hybrid version is adopted in line with the automaker for newer versions.

Although the Brits don’t say a word about the CR’s output, the specs, which are identical to the Exige S’, confirm the Club Racer comes with the same 345 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 295 pound-feet of twist at 4,500. The power is sent to the wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission, but shoppers may opt for the automatic that is quicker on acceleration.

Buoying on the lightness factor, the Lotus Exige S comes in three vibrant colors, orange, metallic white, yellow. Despite the color choice, the frontal splitter, side mirrors, back wing, and a front access panel are coated with matt black. It also features Exige S-CR finishing touches outside. The sides are muscular, with angular edges at margins giving the car a sport and aggressive stance.  

In the cabin, the lightweight-enhancing features are conspicuous, including light seats and a weightless instrumental panel bearing the same color as the outside. The seats are available in Alcantara or leatherette as standard, along color-coding interweaving and hoops. The steering wheel is finely sport-tuned making the Lotus Exiges S distinct. Besides, the cockpit is purely standard but can be equipped with optional amenities like air conditioning, USB connection and radio. There are three ride modes, sport, race or drive, all adjust traction slip thresholds. The sport or race may heighten the throttle response. 

From a marketing perspective, a complete overhaul of the Lotus design is welcome; however, the antecedent models are in the fledgling phases, while the brand had a disastrous sales decline when it was introduced earlier. Thus, the automaker is not only trying to keep the brand name vibrant but also in pursuit of a larger market share. Be it as it may, the new Exige S is a brilliant idea owing to the market trends and the emerging track-focused cars niche. Given the circumstances, its breakneck pace in contrast with a close rival like the Cayman GT4, the model has a bright future ahead of it.

Lotus models:

Lotus Evora
Lotus Exige
Lotus Esprit
Lotus Elise