The Exige S, then, perhaps now more than ever feels like the sort of car Lotus ought to be making.

After several turbulent years for the Norfolk-based company, this  raw and focused model feels like a brutal counterpunch, or the instinctive lunge of a wounded animal. The Exige S is an engineer’s car, seemingly conceived for the purest of intents: to go fast and to entertain wildly while doing it.

There are two flavours of Exige S: one a coupe, the other, the Roadster, with a removable roof panel. And if you think that an Exige roadster is, y'know, an Elise, think again, says Lotus. Coupe and Roadster variants of the Exige S differ from the shorter, lighter Elise in both dimension and one other, quite notable way: in their middle, it has the 3.5-litre, supercharged V6 you'll otherwise find in the Evora. Game on.

 

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