Lotus Exige S Reborn With Supercharged V6: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

Having been cut from the Lotus lineup only recently Lotus hasn’t wasted any time in bringing back it’s hard-core track superstar, the Exige. Looking remarkably similar to its predecessor, the new Exige S is a solid 10-inches longer and 2-inches wider than that car.

Perhaps the biggest change, however, is under the hood, with the Evora S’s supercharged 3.5-liter V6 making 345-hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, enough to propel the Evora S to 60 mph in a seriously quick 3.8 seconds. Such an impressive speed is also as a result of an ultra light 2,380 lb targeted curb weight.

Known for a return-to-basics type of driving, the new bosses at Lotus have added some high-tech wizardry to the Exige. And while purists might gasp, they should be impressed. Unique to the Exige is a new Lotus DPM (Dynamic Performance Management) switch that allows the driver to switch between three different driving models: Touring, Sport and DPM off. Plus, when equipped with an optional Race Pack (which includes Launch Control), a Race setting helps deliver maximum possible traction in corners.

GALLERY: Lotus Exige S

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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  • Les Les on Sep 14, 2011

    The extra length and elimiation of the roof scoop actually helps the looks of the Exige quite a lot. With the new engine it would be great fun to drive. Hope it comes to the US. Might be tempted to part with my supercharged Elise.

  • John R. Searle John R. Searle on Dec 08, 2011

    At 74 years of age I just hope I can get in and out of the thing, and that delivery isn't delayed too long as one's agility tends to suffer decrepitude with the passage of time. Mine's a Nightfall Blue job. Thinking of having the wing mirrors and spoiler brackets painted silver. See you at Snetterton or Bedford Autodrome in the spring. Should be able to humble my missus in her R26R. Cheers!