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Old 02-10-2006, 10:41 AM   #1
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The Lotus Exige S - breathtaking performance from the fastest
accelerating Lotus ever to come off the production line

A small lightweight sportscar weighing just 935 kg (2057 lbs),
powered by a 162.5 kW (218 hp, 221 PS) high revving supercharged engine,
giving a zero to 100 km/h time of just 4.3 seconds (0 - 60 mph in 4.1
seconds). It comes straight off the production line and isn't an
"aftermarket special".

Is this the quickest ever real-world production car?

It is certainly the quickest Lotus production car - so far!

The Lotus Exige S is the latest addition to the Exige range and is a
real sportscar that redefines the term "Extreme Performance". With 90.5 kW /
litre (121.4 hp / litre, 123 PS / litre), it is one of most powerful
production cars in the world for its engine size but most importantly it has
full type approval for all the markets in which it will be sold. The Lotus
Exige S is not a limited edition, nor is it an aftermarket special - it is
manufactured from start to finish in the world leading and award winning
Lotus Manufacturing facility at Hethel, Norfolk.

Because the basic car is so immensely strong but lightweight (935
kg, 2057 lbs), giving a power to weight ratio of 173.8 kW/tonne (233.2
hp/tonne, 236.4 PS/tonne), performance is phenomenal, with 100 km/h being
reached from a standing start in 4.3 seconds (0 - 60 mph in 4.1 seconds) and
160 km/h (100 mph) being reached in 9.98 seconds (estimate) before topping
out at 238 km/h (148 mph). Inspite of this phenomenal performance the fuel
economy is impressive with an official combined figure of 9.1 litres / 100
km (31.0 mpg) - extra urban is an impressive 7.2 litres / 100 km (39.2 mpg).
Lotus believes that there is no car on sale anywhere in the world that has
such good performance combined with such good fuel economy! Not that many customers will be buying this car principally for its fuel economy!!

Being a Lotus, straight-line performance is not the most important
factor, but every day driving on normal roads, or around a circuit is. There
are very few cars on sale today that can match the speed, agility and safety
of the Exige S in both day to day and track or circuit driving.

However the Exige S is not just a track day warrior. It is a
sportscar that would be at home on the back roads, freeways and autobahns,
as well as on city streets. With an extremely "torquey" engine and the
classic Lotus suspension set-up of soft compliant springs and firm
controllable dampers, the driving experience is an uncanny combination of
telepathic-like handling with a taught and comfortable ride. There is really
no car that handles quite like a Lotus.

Clive Dopson, Managing Director of Lotus Cars says, "The Exige S
represents the ultimate "extreme" production Lotus, with performance that
trumps other supercars costing twice or even three times as much. That it
does so with the fuel economy of a family hatchback, stands as a testament
to the Lotus concept of performance through light weight. Its an unbeatable
package and an unbeatable drive."

The Lotus Exige S in more detail

The Driving Experience

For what is probably the quickest "real world" production car, the
driving experience has to be pretty special. The lightweight composite seats
with ProBax technology hug the driver and passenger giving the right amount
of support and security to cope with acceleration, braking and cornering
forces of well over 1g. The steering wheel is a small off-centre leather
clad unit (both the airbag wheel and the non-airbag wheel) and is set in
just the right position for comfort, driver dexterity and feedback. The gear
stick is located just 15 cm (6 inches) from the steering wheel for quick,
accurate and safe gear changes and the lightweight steel and aluminium
pedals are located in just the right position for heel and toeing. The Lotus
Exige S doesn't have a multitude of user adjustment to the wheel or seat
position - Lotus believes that the driving position is pretty close to
perfect anyway!

What does acceleration feel like in a Lotus Exige S? First of all
the feeling of acceleration is mildly addictive. Few vehicles, aside from
racing cars, motorbikes and extreme theme-park rides, can pull this amount
of g-force under acceleration, braking and cornering. This gives a safe, but
fun (even exhilarating) experience that you can only get from such a finely
honed sportscar.

The Engine

The heart of the Exige S is a Roots-type supercharger and air to air
intercooler attached to the tried and tested 4-cylinder, 1.8 litre 2ZZ-GE
VVTL-i engine. Using a development of the supercharger and intercooler
package developed first for the already legendary Lotus Sport Exige 240R,
the Exige S has peak power of 162.5 kW (221 PS, 218 hp) at 7800 rpm, 215 Nm (158.6 lb ft) of torque at 5500 rpm (but 80% is produced at just over 2000 rpm). Maximum engine speed is 8000 rpm (8500 rpm transient for up to 2
seconds). 162.5 kW (218 hp, 221 PS) is the figure that has been achieved by
Lotus Engineers whilst retaining full vehicle type approval for the markets
in which it is sold.

A slightly redesigned air intake and roof scoop has been added to
the Exige S to ensure that the air to air intercooler works as efficiently
and effectively as possible in all climates and environments.

A single oval exhaust exits from the centre of the undertray.

Aerodynamics is the key

The Lotus Exige S uses the same aerodynamic package as the standard
Exige. Like all Lotus cars, the Lotus Exige S isn't all about straight-line
performance.

The Lotus Exige S is one of the quickest cars on normal roads and
also around a circuit. Key to this incredible performance is the aerodynamic
package, which creates 41.2 kg (90.64 lbs) of downforce - 19.3 kg (42.46
lbs) at the front and 21.9 kg (48.18 lbs) at the rear - at 160 km/h (100
mph). This downforce ratio between front (47%) and rear (53%) is balanced
and remains constant at the speeds of which the Exige S is capable.

This class leading aerodynamic package is provided through the
contribution of the following components:

* Completely flat underside of the car - provided by the
elegantly simple, strong yet light weight extruded and bonded aluminium tub

* Anodised rear diffuser which helps promote the "Venturi
effect" underneath the car

* Deep front splitter, which sits just 108 mm (4.3 inches)
from the ground (giving just enough ramp angle clearance) whilst still
maintaining the aerodynamic properties and, of course, the aggressive
stance.

* Fixed rear wing that is set at the optimum 11.5 degree angle
for the best compromise between downforce and drag.

The Legendary Chassis and Body

The Lotus Exige S is built around the revolutionary and award
winning extruded and bonded aluminium tub, with a light weight steel rear
subframe, as used in the Exige. The chassis tub itself weighs just 68 kg
(150 lbs) and has a stiffness of 10,500 Nm per degree.

The body of the Lotus Exige S remains unchanged from the Exige, as
it is already a winning formula that is both effective and stunning to look
at.

However, the key body components of the rear wing, front splitter
and side air intakes are body colour coded to differentiate it from its
naturally aspirated cousin.

Closely Related to the Lotus Sport Exige GT3.

At the end of 2005, Lotus developed and built the Lotus Sport Exige
GT3 to suit the new FIA GT3 sportscar championship regulations. Weighing in
at just 750 kg and producing around 285 hp, the Lotus Sport Exige GT3 is
suitable for this new power to weight ratio racing.

The Lotus Sport Exige GT3 also uses a Roots type supercharger, an
air-to-air intercooler (both are race prepared) and the 1.8 2ZZ-GE VVTL-I
engine. The base engine and supercharger system is identical in the Lotus
Exige S.

So with the Exige S acting as the base, a competitive GT3 sportscar
has been successfully developed!

Engine Down-Sizing is key to the Exige S

One of the key demands of the automotive industry is to produce
engines with not only low emissions and good fuel economy but also extremely
good performance. These two demands for performance and economy are not
normally compatible unless there is a significant change in the engine
development strategy.

Lotus Engineering's Powertrain Division, has been conducting
extensive research into "engine downsizing". Engine downsizing is the
concept of using advanced technologies to enable a small engine to produce
the power and torque of a much larger engine, with the obvious reduction in
weight, fuel consumption and emissions.

Lotus has recognised that there are changing market and legislative
demands in this area, and has developed a solution to the problem:
supercharging a high compression ratio and high speed engine.

Lotus Engineering had to ensure that there were minimal changes to
the normally aspirated 2ZZ-GE engine, which arrives fully dressed from
Toyota for the Exige and the Elise 111R. The lightweight 2ZZ-GE engine, with
a compact metal matrix composite alloy cylinder block, is a perfect unit on
which to conduct the necessary research, as it runs to a high 8500 rpm, with
a very high compression ratio of 11.5:1. The only changes needed to be made
to the engine were the addition of a low pressure supercharger (and the
longer drive belt that this requires), the intercooler and a new intake
manifold, plenum and induction system.

An electronic drive-by-wire throttle ensures the quickest engine
response possible whilst keeping the emissions clean and as low as possible,
to meet relevant legislative demands.

The Roots-type supercharger (with a sealed-for-life internal
mechanism meaning that it does not require the use of the engine's oil) is
run from the crankshaft, and has an integral bypass valve for part load
operation.

Charge air (air under pressure from the supercharger) is cooled
through an air to air intercooler (the cooling air enters via the redesigned
roof scoop) before being fed into the engine itself. All charge air ducting
has been kept as short as possible with large diameter pipes making sure
that the bends in these ducts are not too tight, to the benefit of throttle
response and efficiency.

The whole vehicle has been tested extensively around the world in
hot and cold climates as well at renowned proving grounds and testing
facilities.

The Lotus T4e Engine Management System.

The Lotus T4e Engine Management system is used in the Lotus Exige S.
This engine management system has been programmed to optimise the
supercharged engine.

The lightweight C64 six-speed gearbox (with an aluminium casing) is
fitted with the closest ratios and gearset afforded by the transmission. The
gearbox offers a fast, precise and light gearshift, ensuring drivers have
total control and flexibility to apply the power exactly as and when
required.

Equipment and Options

ProBax Seats

ProBax seats help to significantly improve the postural position of
the driver and passenger by maintaining the natural curvature of the spine,
so improving comfort and improving the body's blood flow.


Touring Packs

The Touring Pack includes electric windows, black suede effect
interior with leather highlights, full carpet set, high specification DAB
Radio and CD/MP3 player, sound insulation, auxiliary front driving lamps and
interior stowage net.

The Super Touring Pack includes the contents of the Touring Pack
plus an upgraded interior trim with driver and passenger airbags, high
specification leather covered steering wheel, front speakers located in the
fascia top panel, engine start button, trinket tray stowage unit, cup
holder, leather handbrake sleeve, leather handbrake gaiter and gear shift
knob and embroidered logo premium floor mats.

Sports Packs

The Sports Pack includes switchable Lotus Traction Control (LTC) -
see later for a full explanation of LTC. In addition, it is equipped with
sports seats and a T45 steel roll-over hoop and harness bar for the
aftermarket fitment of four point harnesses for track use only.

The Super Sports Pack includes the contents of the Sports Pack plus
black coloured ultra lightweight seven-twin spoke forged (6.5J front, 7.5J
rear) alloy wheels (giving an unsprung weight saving of 2.7 kg (6 lbs) for
each front wheel and 1.3 kg (2.8 lbs) for each rear wheel - compared to the
already lightweight cast wheels), track suspension with Eibach springs and
Bilstein one-way adjustable dampers - with a single adjuster for bump and
rebound - and adjustable ride height), adjustable front anti-roll bar and a
double-shear rear traction control arm brace.

Stand alone options

Lotus Traction Control and Limited Slip Differential

A switchable Lotus Traction Control System (LTC) is available for
the Exige S. The LTC works through the Lotus T4e Engine Management System to reduce power when required to maintain traction. Unlike many traction control systems, LTC has been tuned to complement the skills of the driver without taking over. The Lotus LTC is active above 8 km/h (5 mph) and
operates much more quickly than many brake based systems. The system can be deactivated with an illuminated button, which is located adjacent to the gear lever. A Torsen type limited slip differential (LSD) is also available
for tight and twisty driving (such as in auto tests). The LSD is only
available if LTC has been specified and is not available by itself.

Air-conditioning

Air-conditioning is available as a cost option (standard in some
markets) and weighs in at a featherweight 15 kg (~33 lbs).

A Comprehensive Range of Colours

The range of colours, from standard solid shades to metallic and
fashionable lifestyle colours is available. Colours include black, shades of
silver, shades of blue, a vivid Aspen White, non metallic British Racing
Green, a hot Chilli Red, a high metallic Solar Yellow and a harmonious
Autumn Gold.

The total number of colours available is 20, excluding the bespoke
custom colours.


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Old 02-10-2006, 10:42 AM   #2
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Market Positioning and Pricing

The Lotus Exige S, being a fully homologated vehicle for the markets
in which it is sold, introduces a more powerful and higher performing series
production variant of the Exige to the market. The rest of the Exige range
consists of the 141 kW (189 hp, 192 PS) Exige, the Lotus Exige Cup 190 and
its supercharged variant the Exige Cup 240 (both of which are developed and
converted by Lotus Sport, the performance arm of Lotus Cars) and the Lotus
Sport Exige GT3 (developed and built by Lotus Sport specifically for the FIA
GT3 championships).

The Lotus Exige S is priced at:

UK: 33,995 including VAT (Manufacturer's
Suggested Retail Price)

Mainland Europe: 44,147 Euros excluding individual market
taxes (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price)

Japan: JYP 6,909,000 including tax (Manufacturer's
Suggested Retail Price)


Market Availability

UK: March / April 2006

Mainland EU: April / May 2006

Japan and APac: May / June 2006

USA: There are currently no plans to launch the
Exige S in the USA market
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Old 02-10-2006, 10:55 AM   #3
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No way, looks like a modified Elise. Still looks sexy as hell though .
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Old 02-10-2006, 11:03 AM   #4
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Old 02-10-2006, 11:08 AM   #5
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Still using the 2ZZ-GE power plant?? Sheesh...I wonder how many LOTUS owners realize it's a crap CELICA engine? (Spins rod bearings EASILY after 30,000 miles)
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Still using the 2ZZ-GE power plant?? Sheesh...I wonder how many LOTUS owners realize it's a crap CELICA engine? (Spins rod bearings EASILY after 30,000 miles)
I'm SURE the owners are still happy to have the 2ZZ-GE over the old Rover engines that the Elise used to come with.

Plus, a person that has a car that cuts 0-60 in 4.1 sec, and that has probably the world's best tuned chassis, tends not to bitch about things like the reliability. Do you really think the only problem you'll have after 30,000 miles in a "Lotus" will be the Toyota engine anyway?
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Old 02-10-2006, 01:24 PM   #7
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droooooooool... i thought the regular Exige was awesome, this bumps awesomeness off the scale.

must win lottery and figure out a way to get one stateside!
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Old 02-10-2006, 01:53 PM   #8
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My reading comprehension rivals that of retards.

Can somebody in a few lines explain what's different over this than the regular Exige?
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My reading comprehension rivals that of retards.

Can somebody in a few lines explain what's different over this than the regular Exige?
I think the most important difference would be the supercharger...

Power figures on the standard Exige are 190hp@7800rpm and 138lb-ft@6800rpm compared to the S model's 218hp@7800rpm and 158lb-ft@5500rpm.

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I never thought I'd hear a Toyota product described as being unreliable. People know what they're buying. It's a LOTUS - Lots Of Trouble, Usually Serious

Thanks you VBH!
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why is it called Exige again? -Lotus marketing guys---"hey lets replace the two letter with and x and a g, send it to WCC and charge more for it!" eureka!
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why is it called Exige again? -Lotus marketing guys---"hey lets replace the two letter with and x and a g, send it to WCC and charge more for it!" eureka!
Because it isn't a convertible like the Elise.
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I think I just wet myself.....
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Whoa. More for the Elise than the Exige? I thought hardtops were usually cheaper than Verts. Too bad they stuck the 2ZZ in there, I'd rather have the K20.
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Id still rather get an Ariel Atom K20 go kart=P
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I have seen people put a honda motor in there instead and one of them even supercharged it. I just wish I could fit in it. I can just barely get into the Elise with the top off. Impossible to get out with the top on. The Exige is far worse. If I ever did get in it, I could never get out. The car is made for skinny midgets not for guys that are over 6 feet tall and over 200 lbs.
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Still using the 2ZZ-GE power plant?? Sheesh...I wonder how many LOTUS owners realize it's a crap CELICA engine? (Spins rod bearings EASILY after 30,000 miles)
wow man you need to get school in some engines that "crap" celica GT-S engine is one of the most potiental power plant producted under 2.0L and TOYOTA engines are if not the most reliable engines out there (opinion but widely believed)

tats like saying why the heck did they put that "CIVIC" engine into the ariel atomic

im sorry but i think the R & D department at lotus owns a little more about engines and cars then you do,

including the owners if they were to invested 80,000 or so on a car i would think they would kno wat engine is in it.
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why is it called Exige again? -Lotus marketing guys---"hey lets replace the two letter with and x and a g, send it to WCC and charge more for it!" eureka!

It's a very different car. It is much more stable and stiffer according to a few test I've read in some rags. This car make me happy that I'm short...
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They should of put the S2000 2.0 or 2.2 liter engine in it. Before any production of the Lotus began, they were also debating of using the S2000 engine. Then there would be no reason to Supercharge. Then again, S2 with a Charger would be even hotter.
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They should of put the S2000 2.0 or 2.2 liter engine in it. Before any production of the Lotus began, they were also debating of using the S2000 engine. Then there would be no reason to Supercharge. Then again, S2 with a Charger would be even hotter.
I remember reading somewhere that Lotus DID try to source the engine from Honda. Honda didn't want to. Toyota on the other hand, not only sold the engine but also the 6spd gear box.
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If there is ANY car for a driving enthusiast worth salivating over, this is it.
Give me one in red and a month off of work!
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the exige body also produces significantly more downforce then the elise's.

Penguin the Ariel Atom is a better "car"... until you have to race in the rain

My pick, the Saker with STi drive train.

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wow man you need to get school in some engines that "crap" celica GT-S engine is one of the most potiental power plant producted under 2.0L and TOYOTA engines are if not the most reliable engines out there (opinion but widely believed)
You have obviously not heard or seen a 2ZZ engine in a Celica GTS eat either a rod bearing or a connecting rod. I have seen it several times. The most recent time happened at VIR at 110 mph when the engine snapped a connecting rod on the #4 cylinder and destroyed the engine. Owner needed a new block and everything. Oh and the 2ZZ was designed by Yamaha and built by Toyota.
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You have obviously not heard or seen a 2ZZ engine in a Celica GTS eat either a rod bearing or a connecting rod. I have seen it several times. The most recent time happened at VIR at 110 mph when the engine snapped a connecting rod on the #4 cylinder and destroyed the engine. Owner needed a new block and everything. Oh and the 2ZZ was designed by Yamaha and built by Toyota.
Yamaha has only done the head work of the engines that Toyota has allowed them to help design. 3S-GTE ( ) included.
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Id still rather get an Ariel Atom K20 go kart=P
hahaha you can't really compare the Ariel Atom to any car. It's in a class of its own.
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