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Old 03-03-2009, 02:58 PM   #1
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Default The New Lotus Exige S - 2010 Model Year



The 79th International Geneva Motor Show sees the introduction of the exciting new 2010 Model Year Lotus Exige S with a newly designed front end, a new rear wing and impressive emissions of just 199 g/km CO2.

The Lotus Exige is a renowned high performance coupe that has a well earned reputation of choice for drivers who demand uncompromised performance, both on the road and on the track.

Lotus has always pursued efficiency and fuel economy and for the 2010 Model Year Lotus Exige S, Lotus has reduced the emissions to only 199 g/km CO2 and increased the fuel economy to an impressive 8.5 litres/100 km on the Official European Combined Cycle and a frugal 6.5 litres/100 km on the Official European Extra Urban Cycle.

The 2010 Model Year also sees the introduction of a few key changes to the Exige to enhance the look and improve aerodynamic performance. A restyled front end and new larger, rear wing that not only reduces drag, but also gives a more muscular stance enhancing the lightweight shrink-wrapped
look of the whole car.

The composite rear wing is based on the design from the Exige GT3 road car concept shown at the Geneva Motorshow in 2007. Compared to the 2009 Model Year Exige tailgate mounted wing it is 181 mm wider and mounted 46 mm higher and 61 mm further back. It is attached to the rear bodyshell clam via rear end plates which not only increases the stiffness of the whole structure but also ensures that as much of the airflow as possible passes over the rear wing. This careful airflow management increases stability, reduces drag and, most importantly, maintains the impressive downforce figures of 42 kg at 160 km/h.

The restyled front end includes a larger, more angular air intake mouth to help funnel more air through the radiator, to improve the efficiency of the engine system. Ahead of the front wheels on either side of the main aperture, two larger air intakes increase the airflow to the twin oil coolers. Horizontal vanes bisect these oil cooler air-intakes to stabilise the airflow to further increase the cooling efficiency.

Since the Exige S2 was launched in 2004, the power has increased from 190 hp through 220 hp to 240 hp in standard road form – more for the track centric Exige Cup 260 - and the new larger air intakes improve engine cooling for these current higher powered Exige variants.

Mounted below the three new air intakes is a new aerodynamic splitter for the 2010 Model Year Exige. Made from a lightweight composite, the splitter is now extended to wrap around the whole of the front end and chiseled side lips are raised to deflect air around the tyres to reduce drag.

Mike Kimberley, Chief Executive of Group Lotus plc said, “Over the years, the Lotus Exige has developed a hardcore fan base around the world and its popularity has placed it as one of the legendary sportscars of the 21st century. So far, over 5000 Exiges have been hand-built at our high-tech manufacturing facility making it a significant contributor to our global production. The lightweight Exige has one of the highest specific power outputs of any globally emissions certified car and 133 hp per litre is a perfect demonstration of Colin Chapman’s philosophy of performance through light weight and of Lotus’ relentless pursuit of efficiency. The same technology that makes a lightweight car a high performer also makes it efficient – how many cars have performance figures of 0 – 100 km/h in 4.77 secs but produce only 199 g/km CO2?”

Like all Lotus cars, the functional components of the car are also beautifully designed as Russell Carr, Chief of Lotus Design, explains, “For 2010 we have taken the already visually extreme Exige and given it even more visual drama. The changes we have integrated into the front and rear of the Exige signal an even clearer and purposeful intent. The purposeful rear wing is race inspired, the new angular air intakes and full width splitter gives a more hard-edged and
aggressive look. Overall, the Exige appears more planted and gives the illusion that both the front and rear of the car are wider than they really are without losing its agile and lithe character.”

Roger Becker, Director of Vehicle Engineering said, “The changes we have made to the Exige for 2010 Model Year are quite subtle when taken individually, but taken as a complete package they make significant improvements to aerodynamics and the overall look of the car. The Exige is a
classic fit-for-purpose performance machine, the design tweaks we have made have reduced the drag, cleaned up the airflow around the front and rear of the car, whilst retaining the impressive balanced downforce figures, to give an exciting high performance drive.”

The specification of the highly successful 2009 Model Year Exige Cup 260, unveiled at the Paris Motorshow in 2008 remains unchanged.

The 2010 Exige in more detail:

Driver and passenger airbags are standard on all models while an on-board Tyre Pressure Monitoring System is standard in the USA.

The instrument pack in the Exige contains much more than just a pair of stylishly back-lit dials. It also features a high-definition LCD message panel that can display a scrolling text message with vehicle systems information.

The instrument pack always displays the fuel gauge, engine temperature and odometer, however you can select to display the time, trip distance or a digital read-out of your speed in the opposite calibration to that of your speedometer dial – if your dial is in mph, the readout is in km/h.

Warning symbols are ‘secret until lit’, keeping the instrumentation free from visual clutter and distraction until necessary. Gearchange ‘shift’ lights similarly remain hidden until required.

There are three shift up warning lights, cumulatively lighting when the driver is getting closer to the rev limiter and when all three are illuminated, they flash to indicate that you should have changed up a gear by now!

A “key” issue

The Exige has a “Thatcham approved” alarm/immobiliser system and the ignition key incorporates the controls for the alarm/immobiliser and central locking functions. This key features three buttons, the one which locks the doors and sets the alarm/immobiliser is stylishly crowned with the famous Lotus roundel. The second button unlocks the doors and de-actives the alarm/immobiliser, and the final button is a panic alarm button.

The contents of the Touring pack, for the Exige S includes:
• Full leather or Microfibre suede-effect interior
• Leather trimmed centre console
• Leather handbrake gaiter
• Sound system iPod connection
• Full carpets, with embroidered logo
• Auxiliary driving lights (in markets where legally allowed)
• Sound insulation kit
• Cup holder
The Exige S Sport pack includes:
• Bilstein sports dampers
• Traction control
• Adjustable front anti-roll bar
• T45 roll bar, with integrated harness mounts
The Exige S Performance Pack – more punch, more ability for Exige S
• 308 mm front cross-drilled and vented discs with AP Racing four piston
callipers
• Uprated front and rear brake pads
• Full length upsized roof scoop
• Variable slip traction control
• Uprated clutch plate and cover
• Uprated vehicle performance through enhanced power and torque delivery
• Launch control

With the Exige performance pack, the power is raised to 240 PS / 179 kW (minimum) at 8000 rpm courtesy of a Magnuson/Eaton M62 supercharger, new faster flowing injectors and higher torque clutch system and an upsized roof scoop to feed more air to the supercharger intercooler system.

This hike in power, together with an increase in torque to 170 lbft / 230 Nm / 23.5 kgm at 5,500 rpm from the standard 158.6 lbft / 215 Nm / 22 kgm at 5500 rpm, helps whisk the Performance Pack Exige S from zero to 60mph in 4.5 secs and 0-100km/h in 4.77 secs, and on to 100mph in 11.97 secs. Top speed rises to 145 mph. The power and torque of the 240 PS engine is increased across the rev range giving even more flexibility. Despite these high levels of performance the fuel economy is impressive with a new combined figure of 8.5 litres / 100 km and 199 g/km CO2 – reduced from 9.1 litres / 100 km (combined) and 216 g/km CO2 for the 2009 Model Year Exige. Continuous engineering improvements over the last year including careful whole vehicle optimisation has enabled this sportscar to be even better for fuel economy and emissions.

Of course the increased power and straight-line performance are only a couple of elements of the Performance Pack option. The clutch is uprated and a clutch damper fitted; there are thicker, 308mm diameter cross-drilled and vented discs at the front clamped by AP Racing four-piston callipers; the standard brake pads are replaced by uprated pads.

Keen to pass on lessons learned on the track with the Exige GT3 racing programme, Lotus Sport has contributed another important track specific technology to the Performance Pack – launch control combined with variable traction control.

From the driver’s seat the track orientated launch control allows you to determine the engine revs you wish to use during a standing start on the track. Having programmed that limit, it will not be exceeded when you then hold down the throttle and sidestep the clutch at departure from the line. The clutch damper cushions the severity of the clutch / transmission engagement to minimise the stresses to the drivetrain (noting that continuous abusive standing start applications will destroy the drivetrain components). The launch control also keeps wheelspin at bay until 6 mph, after which the traction control assumes its duties.

As with launch control, you can dial in the amount of traction control you require from the driver’s seats, altering it on the move to suit driving style and the characteristics of particular corners. The amount of traction control can be varied in over 30 increments from an optimum 7 percent tyre slip to completely off. The message display in the new instrument pack displays what degree of traction control you have currently dialled in.

The beauty of all the packs is that they can be combined so a customer can have the additional interior and exterior equipment from the Touring pack with the sport focussed equipment from the Sport pack. Air conditioning, Lotus traction control and limited slip differential are available
as stand-alone options.

Customers wanting to add further finishing touches to their Exige – such as specifying adjustable dampers and forged wheels can do so by ordering from an extensive range of accessories.

Colours

The Premium Colour Range has been designed to further enhance the choice for customers to individualise their cars. Most of the paints in this range require a more sophisticated application process and are from our paint supplier’s premium range. The paint colours in this range have been individually priced, and it is Lotus’ intention to extend and change this range at periodic intervals.

The 2010 Model Year Exige S will enter the EU markets in May 2009.
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Old 03-04-2009, 01:17 AM   #2
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Old 03-04-2009, 01:22 AM   #3
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Old 03-04-2009, 01:33 AM   #4
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WOW>... i thought they could never do better then the last..

wow, this and the gt3.. wow.
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Old 03-04-2009, 02:00 AM   #5
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Old 03-04-2009, 07:22 AM   #6
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Old 03-04-2009, 01:14 PM   #7
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Always impressed with Exige's aero that provides more downforce than an Elise without having too much drag, kudos.
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Old 03-04-2009, 01:44 PM   #8
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I like the new front end, though the side vents look very 911ish. The front lip is nice too - I hope it is something flexible instead of fiberglass though, or else it'll get destroyed in no time flat.

Neither the Elise or the Exige is particularily slick though - I think the old Exige had something like a .45 coefficient of drag.
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I like the new front end, though the side vents look very 911ish. The front lip is nice too - I hope it is something flexible instead of fiberglass though, or else it'll get destroyed in no time flat.

Neither the Elise or the Exige is particularily slick though - I think the old Exige had something like a .45 coefficient of drag.
I have an aftermarket lip on mine and it's been fine. The only incident occurred when a friend drove it and moved forward against a parking block.

You're correct about the drag. The Exige inherently has more due to its functional aero package. The 2007 Exige S has a 0.434 drag coefficient.

That said, it's a better car for the track and one of the few cars that actually produces appreciable downforce. At Summit Point in 2006, there was a gentleman driving a stock Elise and a stock Exige (non-S, non-supercharged, same running gear as the Elise) and he was two seconds faster per lap than the Elise equipped with the same suspension, tires and brakes.
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Old 03-04-2009, 03:47 PM   #10
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Exige S260 is available now I think (or soon). I have driven an s240 which was nice. It felt really civilized with its fancy torque, nicer interior, and non sports suspension (compared to my 05 elise). The 240 is pretty fast but doesent feel "corvette fast" regardless of what the number sudgest...

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I have an aftermarket lip on mine and it's been fine. The only incident occurred when a friend drove it and moved forward against a parking block.
Depends on what the roads are like around you, of course. On my stock Elise, I have to be super careful around here. It's tricky just pulling out of my driveway, and I don't think I'd be able to make it out if I had that lip on mine.

Interesting how much faster the Exige is on track despite the added drag.

We need to start a NASIOC chapter on LT
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Old 10-02-2009, 01:32 PM   #13
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Now more than ever the car industry is taking pains to get the most out of its existing products, but that doesn't mean they have to be bland repeats of previous models. Lotus, for example, carries over most of the features of the 2009 Exige S 240 for the 2010 model year, but manages to keep things exciting.

It gets a new front clip and rear wing to help distinguish it from last year's model, but in terms of performance, the car is identical to the outgoing model. A Toyota 2ZZ-GE 1.8-liter engine fed by a supercharger generates 240 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and 170 pound-feet of torque at 5,500 rpm. That's good for a 4.1-second 0-60 mph time and a top speed of 150 mph all while returning 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.

The rear wing is sure to grab attention, but it's there for more than just looks: replacing the decklid-mounted spoiler from the 2009 model, the 2010 Exige S 240's wing is actually based on the one from the Exige GT3 road car concept from 2007, and it's designed to do serious work at speed.

At 7.1 inches wider and 1.8 inches higher, it grabs more clean air for better performance, while mounting it 2.4 inches further back helps smooth out airflow behind the car. Big structural end plates further enhance the efficiency of the wing, enough to give 93 pounds of downforce at 100 mph.

Aside from the standard fare of Lotus' track-tuned and adjustable launch and traction control, a 2,077-pound curb weight and the famed Lotus suspension tuning, the 2010 Exige S 240 also gets the same airbag, tire pressure monitoring system and instrument pack from the 2009 Exige.

The 2010 Lotus Exige S 240 will be launched in the U.S. this fall, starting from the same price as last year's car at $65,690.























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Old 10-02-2009, 03:24 PM   #15
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Love that new bumper. The wing is meh though.
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Old 10-02-2009, 03:28 PM   #16
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Finger lickin' good!

"The specification of the highly successful 2009 Model Year Exige Cup 260, unveiled at the Paris Motorshow in 2008 remains unchanged."

I thought we weren't getting any more 260's ?!?!
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If it's a little bigger with all those things for the rear wing... How much heavier is it? Because it's the same powerplant...

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It's 100 lbs heavier with the same powerplant. SADFACE!

Let us pray that the rear wing makes for massive traction so at least it's faster on the turns.
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This updated car is even more boner-inducing than last year's car!
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I definitely liked the older wing more, but white Exige S's make me hot and bothered.
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the bumper and wing look Need for Speedish
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