Lotus Sells Out, Offers Exige S With Automatic

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

In an effort to make its products more appealing to a broader audience Lotus has expanded its Exige range by offering a model with an automatic transmission.

“Heresy!” We can hear you shouting clear across the interwebz, but it’s not going to change the company’s direction on this issue. The Exige S will be available with a six-speed, self-shifting gearbox. Supposedly this adds convenience without diminishing the car’s sporty character.

Surprisingly it should be slightly fleeter than its three-pedal counterpart. The slush-box-equipped car can dash from zero to 100 km/h (62 MPH) in just 3.9 seconds, one-tenth of a second quicker.

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Like other automatics it can change the way it shifts to suit the driver’s needs. Put the car in Sport or Race modes and the gear-changes will be quicker. Of course the transmission can also be controlled via steering column-mounted paddles.

Currently the 2015 Lotus Exige S Automatic is undergoing testing. It’s expected to go on sale in January.

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Noe Japan Noe Japan on Oct 23, 2014

    Sell out? The other way to look at it is perhaps that the manual transmission has become something of a dinosaur what with the advances in automatic / paddle shifting etc Give buyers the option is best but a paddle shift such as ferrari, mclaren or porsche PDK way beats a manual stick and clutch pedal ..... Natural evolution for this car type

  • Alex Kozovski Alex Kozovski on Oct 24, 2014

    Doesn't Lotus strive to keep cars light weight? Wouldn't an automatic version of a car be heavier and defeat the purpose of even getting a Lotus in the first place?