Top Gear drives the Lotus Exige S
The Clermont-Ferrand GP circuit was famous for its gut-wrenching corners. Can the new Lotus Exige S take the strain?
Posted: 20 Jun 2012
Thankfully, I have a windscreen. And a paper bag. Both of which I'll need if this new Exige is anything like as quick and grippy as the last. That thing outran an Apache gunship around the Top Gear track, defeated only by radar lock from a distance. If it can do that, it should twist my guts into a fleshy knot around Clermont. But Lotus has moved on since then. We've seen a bold plan for a bulging new line-up of cars, with a rather more casual take on the old performance-through-light-weight idea. Critics are aching to get their teeth into the new management, and diehards are nervy about the product (or, at least, the potential future product, if and when it happens). So as the first tangibly new car to emerge under this regime - and as the model that currently represents Lotusness like no other - the spotlight isn't just pooling around this new Exige, it's burning a hole through the roof.