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
In fact, the Exige doesn't feel at all scary on this twisted old track, yet it tackles it harder than anything else for this money. Or any money, come to think of it. So let's not be too literal about the price, which - let's be honest - is enough to send some people in the direction of a Cayman without looking back. But they'd be missing the point. Because this isn't some overpriced copy. Yes, it's a touch more cultured now, but even some racing cars have rear windows. This is still an unavoidably hardcore road car - it's just a bit less irritating than before, a touch more serious and a hell of a lot faster. Perhaps, then, we should think of it not as a Cayman rival but more as something to worry the track-focused 911s... a sort of junior GT3. It's just as much fun. And possibly even more rewarding. For half the price. Put it this way: if the last Exige was a training jet, this one's a Tornado. And there's nothing soft about that.