Top Gear drives the Lotus Exige V6
Final damper fettling of the new V6 Exige needed an expert touch. So why did Lotus send for Top Gear?
Posted: 10 Feb 2012
This harder, track-orientated set-up has had so far only one brief outing - at the Nürburgring, where it was reported to be a bit nervous. Paul is wary: he knows from experience that the set-up won't be a million miles off, but reckons it's going to be oversprung and underdamped.
So out we go again. Same car, slightly different arrangement of shims and a new spring. And it feels utterly different - and not nearly as good. The firmness you expect from an Exige is now there, catseyes are more abrupt, but the rear suspension feels jacked up, making it nervous under braking and prone to oversteer. Yikes. The front and rear seem out of phase, there's more graininess in the steering and yet the ride over longer undulations is still good. In short, it's all rather confusing.