While it wasn’t the long-rumored convertible Evora that we had been hoping for, Lotus did stay true to its word and blew “
the roof off
” one of its models at this week’s 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
That model was the Exige S
, which has now been revealed in Exige S Roadster form.
This is the first time an Exige model has been offered with a factory-fitted convertible roof, one which is typically lightweight and easy to put up and take down thanks to its conventional soft-top design.
Apart from its convertible roof, the Exige S Roadster is virtually identical to the Exige S hard-top. It also packs a supercharged 3.5-liter V-6 rated at 345 horsepower and is capable of 0-60 mph sprints of just 3.8 seconds. The Exige S Roadster comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, but will also be available with Lotus’ Serial Precision Shift (SPS), a paddle-operated automated manual transmission.
Sadly, there are still no plans to offer the Exige S or this new Exige S Roadster in the U.S., although there have been reports that a track-only model
may eventually make it across the pond.
Also on show in Geneva was a Lotus F1 Team Evora GTE, a special edition based on the already limited Evora GTE
. Unveiled by Lotus F1 Team driver Kimi Raikkonen, the special edition Evora featured the same black and gold livery as Lotus’ F1 race car and some special touches such as a high-gloss carbon fiber body, gold-piped black leather bucket seats, and unique badging.
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