Lotus is doing all it can to breathe new life into an aging stable of cars. A perfect example of this is the Lotus Exige, which has already been given last rites in the U.S. market with a “Final Edition” model.
At last year’s Frankfurt Auto Show, the Hethel-based automaker unveiled the new Lotus Exige S, which extends the life of the Exige line by adding new electronics and updating the drivetrain with the supercharged 3.5-liter V-6 from the Evora S.
In the words of Paul Fleming, the vehicle dynamics engineer on the Exige S, “We’ve got a modern Exige now.” Fleming goes on to praise the new car’s driver mode selector switch, advising that “anyone can drive the car in Touring mode with complete confidence.”
If you’re Lotus Renault F1 test driver Bruno Senna, nephew of the legendary Ayrton Senna, you can probably drive any car in any mode with complete confidence, which Senna demonstrates in the above video.
Sure, Senna is paid to say good things about Lotus automobiles, but he seems genuinely impressed with the level of grip delivered by the new Exige S, as well as its improved shifting and brakes. He also looks like he’s having a good time behind the wheel, which means that Lotus has done its homework on the new car.
Will we see the Exige S in the United States? Probably not, since Lotus won’t want to invest the money necessary to implement smart airbags (which was one reason for the Exige’s demise on these shores). There’s a faint chance that we’ll see it as a track-only car, but we wouldn’t put a lot of money on those odds.