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
And, on paper, you can see why some people feel uneasy. The buzzy 1.8-litre supercharged engine has been swapped for a 3.5-litre s'charged V6. The car is longer and broader, with wider tyres. The solid engine cover has been replaced by glass. It has electric windows and stability control. It even has parking sensors. It's heavier, by 170kg. And here's the thing: prices now start at £52,900, rising to over £60k for a top-end model. That's a whopping 20-ish grand more than before. Which drops it right in the ballpark of a generously equipped Porsche Cayman. But should we really be thinking of the Exige as a rival for the little German? Has it distanced itself too much from the old-school thrills and lethal accuracy we loved so much about the old car? Let's see...