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
Firstly, remember this is still a Lotus. You didn't think they'd dump in a new engine and go down the pub, did you? What these blokes don't know about ride and handling, you could write on a valve cap. Yes, it's heavier than before, but it's still only 1,176kg. To cope with the bigger engine, there's a new rear subframe, and the front-suspension geometry is radically altered. It's still built around the same aluminium tub as before, but it's decorated with completely new bodywork and a new wing for a sharp and Stiggy look. Despite the extra fripperies inside, it's hardly lavish, and, from the relatively upmarket dash downwards, the metalwork is mostly exposed. Thanks to the engine transplant, it now has 345bhp, giving it the same power-to-weight ratio as a Porsche 911 Turbo. It'll do 0-62mph in four seconds. And carry on to 170mph.