The Lotus Exige/si is a British sports car produced by Lotus Cars since 2021. Initially a coup version of the Lotus Elise, the Exige has since then been the larger, more mainstream version of this classic Lotus roadster – now using a twin-turbocharged V6 engine in place of that of the older Elise's straight four. Though it shares many styling and engine elements with the Elise, it also features more contemporary and subtle styling, as opposed to its more radical brother. Despite this, the Exige retains much of what makes the older models so appealing – especially for car lovers and driving enthusiasts who value classic cars of this style.
Lotus's most successful vehicle in recent years has been its high-performance Lotus Grand Prix car. The Exige is an extreme version of this original – sporting a big, flat body, full-length wings, big tyres and a powerful, low-slung, rear-axle engine. At the time of writing, the Lotus Exige is capable of having its soft top extended to a total of 39 inches, which is higher than any Lotus car before it. In addition to that, the Lotus Exige features front and rear bump bars, which are lower than those on the original Elance model. The main difference between these two vehicles lies in their engines. The Grand Prix car sports a bigger, higher and faster (and naturally more expensive) V6, while the Exige uses a smaller, lower horsepower version of its main rival.
If we were to compare the Lotus Exige against a mid-sized sports vehicle such as a Honda Civic, the Exige would clearly win by a mile. It has slightly more power than the Civic, but is lighter, cheaper and less fuel thirsty. Although it weighs one hundred and thirty three kilograms, the Lotus is only eleven kilograms overweight, making it easier to manage on long drives. The Exige's engine is also lighter and less powerful than the Civic's, although it is still four times as strong as the Civic's.
The Exige's technical specs indicate that it can be expected to make just over seventy thousand kilometers (mph) before requiring an overhaul. With a weight of just eleven thousand kilograms, the Exige's engine should not be able to lift more than twenty percent of its weight at maximum load. According to the Lotus website, the Exige's manual describes the vehicle's gearbox as “one of our most simple yet effective designs”. The gearbox's five speeds can be modified with optional additions for economy style gears. An eight speed automatic is also available for manual modifications.
A comparison of the Exige's technical specs with other cars in the current market will show that the Lotus' power output is relatively low. In fact, the Exige's engine can only manage to propel the car up to forty five miles per hour (mph) from a standing start, which is about what most compact sports cars can achieve with standard engines. This is because the Exige's architecture is simpler than most competitors, resulting in a smaller, less elaborate power train. For example, no turbochargers, aftermarket high pressure gas tanks or custom made intercoolers are present in the Exige. However, power output is not the only thing that is lacking in the Exige's design.
Despite having a lower base horsepower and lesser power output, the Lotus Exige 265E still manages to score better than most others thanks to its novel airbag system. The vehicle's anti-lock brakes system features two independent control pads located at the front and rear of each wheel, instead of the standard four wheel brakes on the front and back wheels of most cars. An independent braking system provides the driver with more performance without taking away from the car's chassis performance.
Lotus's engineers also incorporated a number of high-tech features into the Exige, making it one of a handful of vehicles with a fully digital control system. A fully digital control system uses the same system as theonda Civic, allowing the use of many new and advance technologies. One of these technologies is the Vehicle Stability Assist, or VSA, which allows the Lotus' system to engage or disengage during a vehicle stop when the driver is unable to control the vehicle's stability. Another technologies involved is the Lotus Telematics, which monitors and records a vehicle's mileage and speed. These data are then fed into a central computer, which uses them to optimize the Exige's power output, transmission, and air conditioning system.
Lotus's innovative design philosophy and powerful engineering know-how has resulted in the production of a sleek and technologically advanced sports car, the Lotus Exige. The vehicle has been designed to minimize aerodynamic load, resulting in an overall weight of just 3rd of a tonne. In addition, the Exige features a high-strength steel body built by Lotus, and the engine incorporates powerful, new-generation engines from Toyota. The vehicle's handling balance is balanced through the addition of nimble Lotus chassis parts and powerful brakes, which allow the Exige to bite into the runoff and pull strongly during the high-speed turns. These traits have earned the Exige a reputation for being a highly versatile sports car.