Lotus Exige S Roadster debuts in Geneva

 Lotus Exige S Roadster debuts in Geneva
Lotus Exige S Roadster live in Geneva 06.3.2012

An Elise with a bigger engine

Lotus has unveiled the Exige S Roadster at the Geneva Motor Show.

Described as rawer than a "Japanese tasting menu," the car is essentially an Elise with a bigger engine.

As such, power comes from a supercharged 3.5-liter V6 engine with 350 PS (257 kW / 345 hp) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. It can be paired to a six-speed manual or an optional Serial Precision Shift (SPS) gearbox. With the former transmission, the roadster accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 4.0 seconds (0 - 60 mph in 3.8 seconds) and hits a top speed of 233 km/h (145 mph). In terms of efficiency, owners can expect to average 10.1 L/100 km (28.0 mpg UK) with CO2 emissions of 236 g/km.

The Lotus Exige S Roadster will be available in Asia and Europe, but there are no plans to offer it in the United States.


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 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 Exige S Roadster will not be available to the U.S market.

Fuel economy figures for the 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 Exige S Roadster: 236 g/km

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did lotus just copy pasted a porsche carrera gt and shrunk it?
Mar 7, 2012 3:41 pm
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0 to 60 in 3.8 mmmmm , goood ! top speed ought to have been set at 155mph . would like to see Lotus do a promotional video showing the car at speed blisteringly apace to TearsForFears' EverybodyWantsToRuleTheWorld .
Mar 7, 2012 2:49 pm
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lol. old school
Mar 12, 2012 7:16 am
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Lotus , along with Porsche , Ferrari , Lambo , et cetera , would also want to rule the motoring world . haha !
Mar 13, 2012 9:21 am
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Great looking fantastic car. Very quick and stiff but what's wrong with the Top Speed?? It has 350 bhp, so why only 233 km/h. Is it aerodynamics??
Mar 6, 2012 2:55 pm
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...not just that but the article said a supercharged (forced induction) engine...you can just about get these same numbers from a non-aspirated 3.5 V6 engine...
Mar 7, 2012 8:00 am
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Was about to say something like abomination or something, but wow, this is fantastic, more headroom as well.
Mar 6, 2012 11:38 am
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Tastefully beautiful design, the dark blue paint suits the roadster well.
Mar 6, 2012 10:58 am
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wow. now that is a pretty little car. Like it very much!!
Mar 6, 2012 10:53 am
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