TopGear.com01 May 2013

Video: Lotus Exige Roadster revealed

Yes, a new drop-top anabolic Lotus will arrive this summer….

Lotus and bankruptcy are the Ross and Rachel you don't want to get together - just as you think the whole mess'll be resolved, there's another twist. And this is it: the Exige S Roadster.

We've been waiting for this car since the Geneva motor show 2012 (though we half assumed it had been lost in the Hethel vortex after the company's problems late last year) but we're very excited to report that the Roadster's going to be available this summer.

Why so happy, we here you crow? Firstly, the engine. It'll get the coupe's lovely 350hp Toyota V6 with a Harrop supercharger stapled on top, and that means it'll hit 62mph in four seconds flat and on to a limited 145mph (25mph slower than the coupe to stop the fabric roof/your hair peeling off). The power plant's strapped to a six-speed manual gearbox, but you can option a Serial Precision Shift auto.

Unlike most roadster derivatives, it'll actually weigh less than the coupe (10kg less to be precise), on account of the scalped roof and Lotus binning the rear spoiler. And that should do wonders for the car's already telepathic handling proclivities. Only thing is, there's been no extra stiffening...

But going by this video, it's not doing too badly at the Nurburgring. And the production values suggest not one single penny's been wasted on marketing fluff...

Reckon this is the car to put Lotus and bankruptcy on a break for good, TopGear.commers?

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