Track-focused Lotus Exige revealed; on sale now
Jim Holder
20 March 2015

This is the Lotus Exige S Club Racer, a track-focused version of the standard car.

On sale now from £56,900, the Club Racer is only available as a coupe. The addition of a front splitter, rear wing and flat underside combine to give it 42kg of aerodynamic downforce at 100mph.

It is also 15kg lighter than the standard car, as 1161kg. The weight saving has come from a new lightweight battery, lightweight centre console, lighter doors and lightweight sports seats. 

Powered by a 3.5-litre supercharged V6 engine it hits 0-62mph in 4.0sec and has a top speed of 170 mph. It averages 28.0mpg.

The driver can select from Drive, Sport and Race settings, which alter the traction slip thresholds and throttle responsiveness.

The Club Racer costs £2400 more than the standard Exige S, but Lotus claims it has £4500 worth of extra kit.

Colour choices include metallic white and yellow, matt black and orange. The front splitter, rear wing, front access panel, roof panel, wing mirrors and rear body work section are in matt black.

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Lotus Exige S

Hethel goes back to basics with its Lotus Exige, which makes for a capable track day machine, but one less refined than its direct rivals on the road

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20 March 2015
That is the problem with British car manufacturers, we are still living in the bubble that all things British is the finer in life- Fifty thousand for a Lotus when there are cars like the Cayman and TT is why our car industry failed, we want much too much for what are basically average by today's standards...

20 March 2015
The problem with this car, especially one that's aged poorly, barely better performing than the model from around a decade ago and is miles more expensive is that it's no longer as desirable or a good value option anymore like it used to be.

At near enough £57,000, it's about a massive £24,000 more than the Exige S from 2006, which despite having a much smaller and much less powerful 218BHP 1.8 supercharged Toyota Celica engine, was still equally fast even by today's standards because it was a lot lighter at 933kg. And it could slay the competition costing twice as much. It was in its own niche; now though, it's vulnerable to a lot of competition, no thanks to its high price. It just feels like it's gone backwards.

It's never really an everyday car either, so I can't help but feel you can spend £56,900 on two cars, one a powerful hot hatchback for everyday uses, the other a kit/track car like a Caterham for your track days. Or, just settle for something a lot nicer like a Jaguar F-Type, Porsche Cayman, BMW M3 and goodness knows what else.

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Our Verdict

Lotus Exige S

Hethel goes back to basics with its Lotus Exige, which makes for a capable track day machine, but one less refined than its direct rivals on the road

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Driven this week