TG Speed Week: The Sports Cars
Audi TT RS Plus. Porsche 911. Lotus Exige S. Three self-confessed "driver's cars" go head to head
Posted: 28 Aug 2012
But then we gel. The Exige's 345bhp 3.5-litre supercharged V6 is a relentless but vice-free companion, more characterful here than in the Evora S. There's also a stability-control programme that blends throttle response and traction sweetly through Tour, Sport and Race modes, but, though it works well on the road, it's a pointless prophylactic on the track. Lose it, and what a chassis and what steering feel you're given free rein over! (Sorry, but the Exige is an exclamation-mark sort of car!) It's also a £60k-plus car in the right spec, which is grown-up money and an uphill marketing struggle for Lotus, whoever's in charge. But the fact is, if you want to access true racing-car sensations in a still broadly civilised GT package, you won't do a whole lot better than this. Unless you're prepared to more than triple your investment and stump up for a McLaren MP4-12C or Ferrari 458 Italia, the two cars of which Exige is a convincingly accurate facsimile.