The Norfolk-based sports car manufacturer has firmed-up details of its fastest-ever drop-top, which is now available for order

Lotus has confirmed details of the 145mph Lotus Exige S roadster, the fastest drop top the Norfolk-based manufacturer has ever built.

It will be the first Exige model to be offered with a factory-fitted soft-top roof and shares the same 3.5-litre V6 engine with the Exige S coupé.

The unit produces 345bhp at 7000rpm and 295lb ft at 4500rpm, meaning the Exige S roadster — which weighs 10kg less than the coupe at 1166kg — is capable of 0-60mph in 3.8sec and reaches 100mph from a standing start in 8.5sec. Its top speed has been reduced from the coupe’s 170mph to 145mph.

A six-speed manual gearbox will be offered from launch, but the Exige S could also be offered with the Norfolk-based firm’s Serial Precision Shift (SPS) paddle-operated automated manual transmission if demand is high enough. Fuel economy for the manual gearbox variant is a claimed 28mpg, with CO2 emissions of 236g/km.

As with the £52,900 hard-top Exige S, an optional race pack is available and adds track-optimised suspension settings and launch control. There are also two cabin options: one more comfort-oriented and the other more stripped down and sporty.

Lotus says the new drop-top, which is now available to order, completes the Exige line-up, alongside the Exige S, Exige Cup and Exige Cup R.

 

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22 May 2013

Shouldn't this be an Elise?  Seeing as the Exige is an Elise with a fixed roof...

22 May 2013

@Masernut - Fair point. They extended the wheelbase when they last updated the Exige, so it is a bit different to the Elise. Also I don't think the Elise ever got the 3.5 V6. But mainly it's probably so they can charge c.£55k for it, rather than c.£35k or whatever an Elise costs these days

22 May 2013

Really they should call it the Exist because all this story says is "We're still here, for now anyway".

22 May 2013

I would also add I think it looks great, one of the most nicely proportioned Lotuses for a while.

22 May 2013

hondaboy91 wrote:

I would also add I think it looks great, one of the most nicely proportioned Lotuses for a while.

 

But it looks like all the others.

22 May 2013

hondaboy91 wrote:

I would also add I think it looks great, one of the most nicely proportioned Lotuses for a while.

+1

22 May 2013

Unless I misread this article, it never mentions this car is the same price as the hardtop model - £52,900. Did I miss something?

22 May 2013

Your cynical, sour, kick 'em while they are down, armchair expert attitude makes me puke.  I think it's great that Lotus can produce a car like this despite the existence of people like you.

22 May 2013

To me this is a much more sophisticated design from Lotus. However, (it's only a small detail, I know), but the wing mirror housings on the Elise, Exige etc. have never looked quite right to me. They date back to the Rover Metro I think. Updating the wing mirrors on this latest model would further enhance the overall design.

22 May 2013

this is th eone thats going to help lotus, semi-auto, open top, supercharger, america would be interested. i like it but then again a boxter s is similarly priced?

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