Lotus Exige News

  • 2018 Lotus Exige Type 79

    Lotus used this week's Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom to unveil two new special versions of its Exige sports car. They were built to mark this year's 70th anniversary of when Lotus founder Colin Chapman built his first race car, based upon his philosophy of “performance through lightweight.” The two cars, the Exige Type 49 and Exige Type 79, were built by the Lotus Exclusive personalization department and honor historically significant Lotus Formula 1 race cars. The Exige Type 49 salutes the Lotus Type 49 that Graham Hill used to clinch both the Drivers’...

  • Alleged patent drawing for Lotus SUV - Image via PC Auto
    Lotus planning two new sports car for 2020, then an SUV

    In the spring of 2017, 51 percent of Lotus was acquired by Chinese automaker Geely. Since that time, rumblings about some much-needed fresh product have been trickling out of Lotus HQ. Now, according to a report today from Automotive News (subscription required), two new sports cars are being...

  • 2009 Lotus Exige S 260 once owned by Jerry Seinfeld - Image via Dan Kruse Classics
    Lotus Exige once owned by Jerry Seinfeld sells for $90,400

    Jerry Seinfeld’s love of Porsches is renowned, but the comedian and television star isn’t averse to cars from other marques. For example, a year ago we saw Seinfeld sell a batch of cars that included a couple of Volkswagens. Now a 2009 Lotus Exige S 260 he once owned has just been sold...

  • 2017 Lotus Exige Cup 380
    2017 Lotus Exige Cup 380 is all about the aero

    We only get the Lotus Evora in the United States, at least as far as road cars are concerned. But overseas, buyers still have new versions of the lighter, more affordable Elise and Exige models they can opt for. The latest model to come out of Lotus’ headquarters in Hethel is a harder-edged...

  • 2017 Lotus Exige Race 380
    Lotus Exige Sport 380 spawns dedicated track model

    The Lotus Exige is no longer offered here as a road car but you can still purchase versions designed for track. The latest in a long line of Exige-based track cars is the Exige Race 380. As the name suggests, the car is based on the Exige Sport 380 road car unveiled in November. Lotus hasn’t...

  • 2017 Lotus Exige Sport 380
    Lotus launches Exige Sport 380

    Lotus is in the best financial shape it’s been in perhaps in its entirety. CEO Jean-Marc Gales has revealed that the company has turned in its first operating profit in almost four decades, though he hasn’t revealed any figures just yet. Nevertheless, the company is keen to mark the...

  • 2016 Lotus Exige Sport 350

    Imagine taking an already lightweight Lotus sports car and then lobbing off around 100 pounds of performance-sapping weight. That’s exactly what Lotus engineers achieved in the development of the new Exige Sport 350, which weighs just 2,480 lb, or around 112 lb less than the Exige S on which it’s based. ALSO SEE: Brembo Brake Testing For Formula One Is ...Illuminating: Video This makes the Exige Sport 350 the most potent Exige ever, with Lotus claiming the car will sprint to 60 mph from rest in 3.7 seconds and go on to reach a top speed of 170 mph. No changes were made to the...

  • 2015 Lotus Exige 360 Cup
    Lotus Exige V6 Cup Track Car Gets Updated, Limited Edition ‘360’ Model

    The cars that make up the series of Lotus Exige-based track cars are renowned for their combination of visceral performance, straightforward maintenance and reasonable pricing, and since they’re designed exclusively for the track it means Lotus is allowed to sell them in the United States...

  • 2015 Lotus Elise S Cup
    No Lotus Elise for US until arrival of next-gen model in 2020

    The Lotus Elise is a no-nonsense, somewhat affordable sports car that’s equally at home on the road or race track. Unfortunately, the Elise together with its Exige sibling ceased sales in the United States back in 2011 because of a lack of ‘smart’ airbags. These are designed to...

  • Lotus Exige S Club Racer
    Lotus Exige S Club Racer Is One Ferocious Featherweight: Forbidden Fruit

    Lotus has just announced the release of a new Exige variant, and according to the automaker, it's available "globally." Now, it's understandable that this news—and quite honestly, the fact that Lotus is still actually making cars—could take some American enthusiasts by surprise. So...

  • Lotus celebrates building its 1,000th Exige S
    Lotus Builds Its 1,000th Exige S

    It was at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show that Lotus first unveiled its current Exige S, and now, three years on, the British automaker has announced that it has just built the 1,000th example. It’s a significant milestone for a company that’s been through a lot these past few years...

  • 2013 Lotus Exige S Roadster
    Lotus Exige S Gets Automatic Transmission

    The Exige may not be on sale here anymore but overseas the car continues to be updated, with Lotus announcing that for 2015 the range-topping Exige S variant will be available with a paddle-shifted automatic transmission. This should help the wide-body Exige appeal to a much wider audience, which...

  • 2014 Lotus Exige LF1

    Lotus is celebrating its Formula One provenance with a special edition Exige S called the Exige LF1 (Lotus F1). The car marks the 81 victories in F1 that have been made by Lotus-branded cars, from the very first win at the 1960 Monaco Grand Prix up to the final one at the 2013 Australian Grand Prix. Designed with Lotus fans firmly in mind, the car brings to the road the iconic black and gold livery of the 1970s and ‘80s Lotus F1 cars. But it’s not just the exterior that gets the special edition treatment; inside, meticulously designed black and gold themes continue. For example...

  • 2013 Lotus Exige S Roadster
    Lotus Studies Benefits Of Light, Strong Titanium Parts

    Lotus launched the first-generation Elise back in 1996 in some markets, and at the time its extruded and bonded aluminum chassis was on the cutting edge. It weighed very little, contributing to the car's 1,600-lb curb weight, but proved race-car strong and highly adaptable. Lightweight technology...

  • Lotus Exige S Roadster
    Lotus Exige S Roadster Coming This Summer: Video

    After a highly public meltdown by ex-CEO Dany Bahar, followed by an equally public ousting, Lotus and parent company DRB-Hicom made many reassurances the company was still on track, despite having stopped work on future models. Now, Lotus has released a video (apparently made entirely in iMovie)...

  • 2009 Lotus Exige S
    Lotus Recalls Elise And Exige Sports Cars

    Lotus has issued a recall for its Elise and Exige due to a similar leaking oil problem that led to a recall in 2011 for versions of the sports cars from the 2005 and 2006 model years. This time around it is Elise and Exige models from the 2007 and 2008 model years. Specifically, it is those Elise...

  • 2013 Lotus Exige V6 Cup R
    Lotus To Present Exige Cup Track Specials At 2013 Autosport International

    You may not be able to buy a new Lotus Exige to drive on your favorite roads, but if you enjoy the odd track day or are a serious motorsport competitor then the latest Exige is certainly worth a look. Yes, it is possible to own the latest version of the Exige, the Exige S, in the U.S., but only in...

  • 2012 Lotus Exige V6 Cup track day car
    Lotus Confirms Exige V6 Cup Track Car For U.S.

    The Lotus Exige S is a stunning piece of machinery and would make a worthy addition to the garage of anyone who is serious about performance, above all else. The car weighs just 2,380 pounds in total, yet it produces a heady 345 horsepower from its supercharged 3.5-liter V-6 and is capable of 0-60...

  • 2012 Lotus Exige S live photos

    Lotus revealed its sharp-edged Exige S coupe at last year’s Frankfurt Auto Show, and since then has occasionally teased the car in videos. Now the Hethel-based automaker is doing a full-court-press video release on the car, covering both its design and testing. The recipe for the Exige S is well proven: start with a sports car near the end of its life, then add more power, a wider track, stickier tires, a rear roll bar, bigger brakes and a selector knob that allows the driver to choose between Normal, Sport, Race and Tour modes of suspension tuning and stability control. More power...

  • 2012 Lotus Exige S live photos
    Chris Harris Explores The Intricacies Of the Lotus Exige S: Video

    While we’re still hoping that the latest Lotus Exige S makes it over to these shores, even if only as a dedicated track car, European buyers have been lapping it up since last September when the car made its official world debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. Since then Lotus has entered...

  • 2013 Lotus Exige S Roadster
    2013 Lotus Exige S Roadster Makes Debut

    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...

  • Lotus' Exige R-GT rally car
    Lotus Exige R-GT Rally Car Set For April Debut

    Pending the successful completion of testing and FIA homologation, the Lotus Exige R-GT will make its FIA European Rally Championship debut at Brescia, Italy next month.

  • Bruno Senna drives the new Lotus Exige S
    Bruno Senna Wrings Out The New Lotus Exige S: Video

    Lotus Renault test driver Bruno Senna takes a turn at the wheel in the new Lotus Exige S.

  • Lotus Exige R-GT rally car first shakedown
    Lotus Successful On First Fire-Up Of IndyCar Engine, Exige R-GT Shakedown

    Whilst most have been enjoying the festive period these past several days, the hard working Lotus Motorsport crew are busy celebrating the fruits of their labor over the past 12 months following the first successful engine fire-up in the Lotus IndyCar chassis, as well as the first proper Exige R-GT...

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