There’s no confirmation that a V6 engine is motivating this new test mule, but according to the spy photographers the engine sounds more like the Evora than the typical supercharged 4-cylinder found in the Exige. Also of note are the flared rear fenders, possibly used to make room for the larger V6 and most certainly making space for extra rubber to deal with the added power and torque. In the Evora, a new 3.5-liter V6 makes 276-hp, up slightly from 257-hp in the top level Exige. More importantly is the torque increase, of 258 ft-lbs, compared to just 174 ft-lbs.
According to a report by AutoCar, the V6-powered Exige was put on hold over the winter as Lotus brought on a host of new top executives and rethought its business plan. Resumed testing of this more potent V6 model suggests the project has been given the green light.
And with the Evora’s V6 powering the Exige, it can’t be long before Lotus announces a more powerful supercharged Evora.
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