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The Top Gear car review:Lotus Exige
Final thoughts and pick of the range
The Exige is a rarity in the fact it’s a car that’s as happy on the track as it is on the road. Its diddy packaging may leave it compromised for day-to-day driving, but the setup is capable of demolishing a lot more expensive and exclusive metal, no matter where the tarmac is.
It’s unavoidably hardcore but engineered with an alchemy that allows it to flow down even the gnarliest of broken British B-road with ease and ridiculous pace that’ll bring a proper smile to your face. The way it’s innately hardcore and focused, yet one of the most compliant sports cars on sale, can only be described as voodoo.
Yes, it is expensive. My, how the prices have gone up, you’ll think. Up to £100k for an Exige? Indeed, but even with Alfa 4Cs and Alpine A110s at one end of the price range, then Porsche 911 GT3s and Mercedes-AMG GT Rs at the other, the Exige justifies its place by balancing the abilities of both.
Of course, it’s not for everyone. But by moving away from legalising a race car to making a road car perform brilliantly on the track, Lotus has created something with a tremendous bandwidth. If you’re into lightweight sports cars, there’s really not much that can better it for the price. Especially sans roof.
Our choice from the range
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