There's a lot of quality competition in this price bracket. Lotus would argue that the Porsche 718 Cayman S and Boxster S are different types of animal (and they wouldn’t be wrong), but their shadow looms large over a limited target audience.
Perhaps, then, only the niche within the niche – many of them with a trailer to fill on the weekend – will even consider the Exige.
Fortunately, they will also be the ones who see the advantages of a 175kg weight saving, even more power, even more stiffness and faster times attached to bigger three-figure speeds.
As a track-bound option, it’s quite plausible to argue that the Exige Sport models offer very good value indeed, and with 28mpg potential and broadly competitive CO2 emissions, running it on the road isn’t going to be prohibitively expensive, either.