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Lotus Exige
Lotus EXIGE dutch licence registration 01-HXR-9 pic1.JPG
Overview
Manufacturer Lotus Cars
Production 2000–present
Assembly Hethel, Norfolk, England
Body and chassis
Class Sports Car
Body style 2-door coupé
Layout Transverse mid-engine, rear-wheel drive
Platform Lotus Elise
Related Lotus Elise
Vauxhall VX220
Rinspeed sQuba
Tesla Roadster
Hennessey Venom GT
Powertrain
Engine 1.8L I4/1.8L supercharged I4
Transmission 6-speed manual
Dimensions
Length 149.5 in (3,797 mm)
Width 68.0 in (1,727 mm)
Height 45.6 in (1,158 mm)
Kerb weight 2,015 lb (914 kg)

The Lotus Exige /ɛɡˈzʒ/ is a two-door, two-seat sports car made by Lotus Cars since 2000. It is essentially a coupé version of the Lotus Elise, a mid-engined roadster in production since 1996.

Series 1[edit]

Rear view of Exige S1.

The original Exige was launched in 2000 with a naturally aspirated 1.8 L Rover K Series engine in VHPD (Very High Performance Derivative) tune. It produces 177 bhp (132 kW; 179 PS) at 7,800 rpm in standard form.[1] There was also an uncatalyzed "track spec" version with 192 bhp (143 kW; 195 PS) available. The car has a five-speed manual gearbox, and a claimed top speed of 219 km/h (136 mph). Zero to sixty mph is achieved in 4.7 seconds, with 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds.[1]

The first Exige used the round, less aggressive headlights of the first generation Elise, although the Elise was updated soon after the introduction of the Exige. The Series 1 was built until 2002, in 604 examples, and was not replaced until the Series 2 of 2004.[2]

Series 2[edit]

Exige (2004-2006)[edit]

Lotus Exige Series 2

In 2004, the Series 2 Exige was introduced. It features a naturally aspirated 1.8 L 16-valve DOHC Toyota/Yamaha engine that produces 190 bhp (142 kW; 193 PS) with the Toyota engine designation of 2ZZ-GE.[3] Compared to the Series 2 Elise, it has a front splitter, fibreglass hardtop roof with roof scoop, rear engine cover, and rear spoiler. The sole purpose of these aerodynamic additions to the base Elise is to create more downforce (almost 100 lb (45 kg) of downforce at 100 miles per hour (160 km/h) in the Exige versus 13 lb (5.9 kg) at 100 miles per hour (160 km/h) in the Elise).[3]

In February 2005, Lotus announced a limited production run of 50 Exiges, using the Toyota engine with a supercharger, that increases the power output to 243 bhp (181 kW; 246 PS). These vehicles were only available in yellow or black, representing the colours of Lotus Sport, and are badged 240R. They have a projected 0-60 mph (0–100 km/h) time of 3.9 seconds and 0-100 mph (0–160 km/h) of 9.9 seconds, with a top speed of 155 mph (249 km/h) at a cost of £44,000.

The North American Exige was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in January 2006.

According to Lotus, the standard Exige Series 2 model weighs 2,016 lb (914 kg) has the following specifications:[citation needed]

Engine
Toyota Supplied, 1796 cc I4, DOHC with VVTL-i (variable valve timing with lift intelligence) - Designed by Yamaha - Engine Code: 2ZZ-GE
Bore/Stroke 82 mm/85 mm
190 hp (142 kW; 193 PS) @ 7800 rpm
138 lb·ft (187 N·m) @ 6800 rpm
Compression ratio: 11.5:1
Transmission

6-Speed manual, close-ratio with single-plate dry clutch

Performance
0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 4.7 seconds
0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 12.9 seconds
Top speed: 147 mph (237 km/h)
Fuel consumption: 24 miles per imperial gallon (12 L/100 km; 20 mpg-US) city / 29 miles per imperial gallon (9.7 L/100 km; 24 mpg-US) highway

Exige S (2006-2007)[edit]

Exige S
2011 Lotus Exige S 260 -- 2012 DC.JPG
Overview
Manufacturer Lotus
Production 2006–2011
Assembly Hethel, Norfolk, England
Body and chassis
Class Sports car
Body style 2-door coupé
Layout MR layout
Related Lotus Elise, Lotus Exige
Powertrain
Engine 1.8L Toyota supercharged I4
Transmission 6-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 90.6 in (2,301 mm)
Length 2006–07: 149.5 in (3,797 mm)
2008–2011: 149.0 in (3,785 mm)
Width 2006–07: 68.0 in (1,727 mm)
2008–2011: 67.7 in (1,720 mm)
Height 2006–07: 45.8 in (1,163 mm)
2008–2011: 45.0 in (1,143 mm)
Kerb weight 2,057 lb (933 kg)
Chronology
Predecessor Lotus Elise, Lotus Exige

In February 2006, Lotus announced the Exige S model which used a supercharged Toyota engine producing 220 bhp (164 kW; 223 PS).[4] The S was also made available in North American markets as a 2007 model.

According to Lotus, the Exige S model, weighing 2,057 lb (933 kg), has the following specifications:

Engine
Toyota supplied, 1796 cc I4, DOHC with VVTL-i (variable valve timing and lift - intelligent), supercharged and intercooled
Bore/Stroke 82 mm/85 mm
218 hp (163 kW; 221 PS) @ 7800 rpm
158.6 lb·ft (215 N·m) @ 5500 rpm
Compression ratio: 11.5:1
Transmission

6-speed, close ratio with single-plate dry clutch

Performance
0-60 (0-100 km/h): 4.1 seconds
0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 9.98 seconds
Top speed: 148 mph (238 km/h)
Fuel consumption: 24 miles per imperial gallon (12 L/100 km; 20 mpg-US) city / 29 miles per imperial gallon (9.7 L/100 km; 24 mpg-US) highway

Exige S 240 (2008-2011)[edit]

In 2008, the Exige S was replaced by the Exige S 240. Power output increased roughly 9% over the outgoing model to 240 bhp (179 kW; 243 PS). The S 240 also received upgraded AP Racing brakes from the Exige Cup 240 and a larger roof scoop utilized by the Exige Cup 255. 0-60 mph (0–97 km/h) times improved to 4.0 seconds.[5] The S 240 base manufacturer suggested retail price was $65,690.

Exige S 260 (2009-2011)[edit]

The Exige S 260 produced an additional 7% power output over the S 240 resulting in 257 hp (192 kW). Even with a full fuel tank, extensive use of weight-saving materials such as carbon fiber reduced the vehicle's gross weight to 2,020 lb (920 kg) compared to 2,077 lb (942 kg) in the S 240. 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) arrived in 4.0 seconds.[6] After 2009, both the S 240 and S 260 received distinctively new and enlarged rear spoilers mounted to the rear clam instead of the motor bay cover. The base manufacturer suggested retail price for the S 260 was $74,995.

Exige 265E[edit]

Exige 265E
Lotus Exige 265E Bio-Fuel.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Lotus
Production Non-Production
Assembly Hethel, Norfolk, England
Body and chassis
Class Sports Car
Body style 2-door coupe
Layout MR layout
Related Lotus Elise, Lotus Exige
Powertrain
Engine 1.8L Toyota supercharged I4
Transmission 6-speed manual
Dimensions
Length 149.5 in (3,797 mm)
Width 68.0 in (1,727 mm)
Height 45.8 in (1,163 mm)
Kerb weight 2,050 lb (930 kg)
Chronology
Predecessor Lotus Elise, Lotus Exige

The Exige 265E is a factory-built Exige S optimized to run on E85 fuel, which is 85% ethanol. The higher octane of this biofuel allows for a higher compression ratio and/or more supercharger boost. In this model, which saw the ECU re-mapped as well as upgraded injectors and fuel pump to cope with the new fuel type, the brakes have also been upgraded to four-piston AP Racing calipers with increased diameter 310 mm (12.2 in) sport brake pads mated with drilled and vented discs at the front. Brembo single-piston sliding rear calipers with 282 mm (11.1 in) diameter discs are fitted at the rear. Lotus says it has no intention to build the 265E (265 indicates the approximate horsepower and the E indicates the "environmentally favourable bio-ethanol E85 fuel" powering the engine) as a production car, and that it is simply a biofuels demonstrator.[7] According to Lotus, the Exige 265E model has the following specifications:

Engine
Toyota supplied, 2ZZ-GE 1,796 cc inline-4, DOHC with VVTL-i (variable valve timing with lift intelligence), supercharged and intercooled
Bore/Stroke 82 mm/85 mm
264 hp (197 kW) at 8,000 rpm
184 lb·ft (249 N·m) at 5,500 rpm
Compression ratio: 11.5:1
Transmission
C64 6-Speed, close ratio with single-plate dry clutch
Exige 265E performance
0-60 (0-97 km/h): 3.88 seconds
0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 9.2 seconds
Top speed: 158 mph (254 km/h)
Fuel consumption: ~25 miles per imperial gallon (11 L/100 km; 21 mpg-US) city / 65 miles per imperial gallon (4.3 L/100 km; 54 mpg-US) highway

Exige GT3 prototype (2007)[edit]

Exige GT3
Overview
Manufacturer Lotus
Production Non-Production
Assembly Hethel, Norfolk, England
Body and chassis
Class Sports Car
Body style 2-door coupe
Layout MR layout
Related Lotus Elise, Lotus Exige
Powertrain
Engine 1.8L Toyota supercharged I4
Transmission 6-speed manual
Dimensions
Length 153.8 in (3,907 mm)[8]
Width 71.9 in (1,826 mm)[8]
Height 44.4 in (1,128 mm)[8]
Kerb weight 2,050 lb (930 kg)
Chronology
Predecessor Lotus Elise, Lotus Exige

According to Lotus, the Exige GT3 model has the following specifications:[9]

Engine
Toyota supplied 2ZZ-GE, 1796 cc I-4, DOHC with VVTL-i and Lotus T4e engine management system, Roots-type Eaton M62 supercharger and intercooled[9]
Bore/Stroke 82.0 mm / 85.0 mm
275 PS (202 kW; 271 hp)@8000rpm[9]
250 N·m (184 lb·ft)@7000rpm[9]
Compression Ratio: 11.5:1
Transmission
C64 6-speed, close ratio with uprated clutch and cover, open differential[9]
Gear ratios I/II/III : 3.166:1 / 2.050:1 / 1.481:1
IV/V/VI : 1.166:1 / 0.916:1 / 0.815:1
R/final drive : 3.250:1 / 4.529:1
Exige GT3 performance
0-60 mph : 3.9 seconds[9]
0-100 km/h : 4.0 seconds[9]
0-100 mph (0-160 km/h) : 9.8 seconds[9]
Top Speed : 160 mph (260 km/h) - electronically limited[9]
Power-to-weight ratio : 361 bhp (269 kW; 366 PS) per tonne

Note: While the mass of the vehicle was not disclosed, it is estimated to be around 1,650 lb (750 kg) from the disclosure of the power-to-weight ratio.

Exige GT3 of Angelo Lazaris (2008-)[edit]

It is a version of Exige GT3 for the 2008 GT Championship, based on the European race car that competed in the FIA GT3 category. It included the 1.8-litre engine based on the Exige S road car rated 355 PS (261 kW; 350 hp)@7000rpm and 305 N·m (225 lb·ft)@6000rpm, increased frontal area to accommodate the wider track, revising the front radiator inlet and outlet areas, reducing the cross-sectional areas of both, extending the nose forward by approximately 3 cm, bodywork extending 8 cm rearward, widening 10 cm and losing almost 3 cm in height at the rear deck, body parts produced in lightweight ZPREG carbon fibre using an innovative mould-making process that features room temperature curing rather than an oven, elimination of roof scoop that fed cooling air to the engine's intercooler, change to a water-to-air intercooler.

The vehicle was unveiled in round three of the 2008 GT Championship.[10]

Union Jack Lotus Exige S (2008)[edit]

It is a version of Lotus Exige S with a flying British flag body, developed by Lotus Design.

The car was featured in Discovery Channel's How Do They Do It? series.[11][12]

Exige Scura/Stealth (2009-)[edit]

It is a limited (35 units) version of Lotus Exige S with 1.8 litre supercharged and intercooled engine from Exige Cup 260 (rated 260 PS (191 kW; 256 hp)@8000rpm and 236 N·m (174 lb·ft)@6000rpm), matte black body colour, Phantom Black triple stripes that run the length of the car, carbon fibre front splitter, oil cooler inlet vanes, side airscoops and rear spoiler, seats and centre console made from carbon fibre, anodized handbrake and gear knob in anthracite colour, carbon fibre components in high-gloss clear lacquer finish, Lotus Launch Control, Lotus Traction Control, variable slip traction control, Ohlins 2-way adjustable dampers, Eibach Springs with variable height spring platforms, matt black lightweight forged wheels with Yokohama 048 LTS tyres, ride height adjustment to reduce the ride height from 130 mm to 120 mm, lightweight flywheel, sports-type clutch plate, heavy duty clutch cover, C64 six-speed gearbox (with an aluminium casing) and Accusump (engine oil accumulator unit).

Orders for the 'Lotus Exige Scura' began from 21 October 2009 in Europe, South Korea, Australia, South Africa, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Indonesia and Malaysia. The vehicle was sold in Japan as 'Lotus Exige Stealth'.

Lotus Exige Stealth was unveiled in 2009 Tokyo International Motorshow.[13][14]

Lotus Exige S RGB Special Edition (2010-)[edit]

This is a version of the Lotus Exige S commemorating Roger Becker, the former Director of Vehicle Engineering for Lotus.[15] It includes Toyota's supercharged 1.8 litre 2ZZ VVTL-i engine rated at 260 PS (191 kW; 256 hp), Lotus ultra lightweight forged alloy wheels, Performance pack, Sport pack, Touring pack, choice of 4 body colours (Aspen White, Starlight Black, Solar Yellow & Carbon Grey), Roger Becker's signature on the rear of the car, a Roger Becker numbered plaque, monochrome Lotus badges, structural shear panel (which increases the lateral stiffness of the rear subframe by 30%) and air conditioning.

The vehicle went on sale in September 2010, and ended at the end of 2010 in Europe due to changes in legislation and the introduction of "Euro 5" Type Approval which does not apply to vehicles with 1.8 litre 2ZZ VVTL-i engines.[16]

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2010 LA Auto Show.[17]

Exige Matte Black Final Edition (2011-)[edit]

It is a limited (25 units) version of the Lotus Exige for the North America market, commemorating the end of the Exige's production. It includes an engine rated at 261 PS (192 kW; 257 hp), matte black body colour, black Alacantara sport seats and a uniquely numbered plate for each car.

The vehicle was unveiled in Pebble Beach Week 2011.[18]

Production[edit]

Production of North American version of Exige ended in August 2011 after the expiration of "smart" airbags exemption, and Toyota stopping production of its 2ZZ-GE four-cylinder engine.[19]

Series 3[edit]

Exige S V6 (2012-)[edit]

Lotus Exige V6

At the Frankfurt 2011 autoshow, the 2012 version of the Exige S was announced. It includes a supercharged 3.5 litre V6 engine (from the Evora S) rated at 345 hp (257 kW; 350 PS).[20][21][22][23]

Engine: 345 bhp, 257 kW (349 PS; 345 hp), 400 N·m (295 lb·ft). Weight: 1,080 kg (2,381 lb). Acceleration: 0–100 km/h in 3.7 seconds. Top speed: around 270 km/h (168 mph). [24] Price: starts at around £56,000.[22] To accommodate the V6 engine, the new model is approximately 25 cm longer and 5 cm wider than the model with the 4 cylinder engine,[21] being 4,052 mm (159.5 in) long, 1,802 mm (70.9 in) wide (not counting the mirrors) and 1,153 mm (45.4 in) tall. The drag coefficient is 0.433.

Exige V6 Cup, Exige V6 CupR[edit]

Exige V6 Cup is a race car version of Exige S for track or road use. Exige V6 CupR is the race-only version of Exige V6 Cup.

The vehicles were unveiled in 2013 Autosport International show.[18]

Racing[edit]

Several Exiges are currently in use in the SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge.[25] An Exige GT3 and some CUP Exige race in the Supercar Challenge.[26] An exige has participated in the GT300 class of the Super GT.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nötzli, Max, ed. (March 7, 2002). Automobil Revue 2002 (in German/French) 97. Berne, Switzerland: Büchler Grafino AG. p. 369. ISBN 3-905-386-02-X. 
  2. ^ Ringma, Ronald. "Genealogy: Lotus Exige". Lotus Drivers Guide. 
  3. ^ a b Walton, Chris (2006-06-28). "Full Test: 2006 Lotus Exige". Edmunds Inc. Retrieved 2008-03-07. 
  4. ^ Brown, Greg N. "Newcomers: 2007 Lotus Exige S". MotorTrend. Source Interlink Media, Inc. Retrieved 2008-03-07. 
  5. ^ Exige S 240 Review by Car and Driver
  6. ^ Vaughn, Mark (2009-04-23). "Lotus Exige S 260 Sport: Track-happy two-seater gets greater". AutoWeek Magazine. Retrieved 2009-05-11. 
  7. ^ Lotus Engineering, "Exige 265E Bio-Fuel: British, Racing and Very Green," http://www.grouplotus.com/engineering/casestudies.html
  8. ^ a b c Lavrinc, Damon (2008-03-13). "Lotus debuting 350 hp Exige GT3 Down Under". Autoblog/Weblogs, Inc. Retrieved 2009-10-24. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i Spinelli, Mike (2007-03-06). "Geneva Showcase: Lotus Exige GT3". Jalopnik. Retrieved 2009-10-24. 
  10. ^ Lotus debuting 350 hp Exige GT3 Down Under
  11. ^ That's a wrap! Union Jack Lotus Exige S filmed for Discovery Channel
  12. ^ Union Jack Lotus Exige S
  13. ^ Tokyo Preview: Lotus Exige Scura and Stealth cross over to dark side
  14. ^ Tokyo 2009: Lotus Exige Stealth, complete with soft-touch paint
  15. ^ 2010 Lotus Elise SC and Exige S RGB Special Editions
  16. ^ Lotus to produce Roger Becker edition Elise and Exige
  17. ^ LA 2010: 2011 Lotus Exige SC RGB Edition
  18. ^ a b Lotus announces race-ready Exige V6 Cup and Cup R
  19. ^ Lotus ending production of NA-spec Elise/Exige in August
  20. ^ "Top Gear drives the Lotus Exige V6". topgear.com. January 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  21. ^ a b "2012 Lotus Exige S". topspeed.com. 01.6.2012. Retrieved 5 April 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  22. ^ a b "Lotus Exige V6". evo.co.uk. 12 September 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  23. ^ "2011 Frankfurt Auto Show: Lotus Exige S Reborn With Supercharged V6". autoguide.com. 13 September 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  24. ^ "2012 Lotus Exige S gets 3.5 V6, unveiled at Frankfurt Motor Show". caradvice.com.au. September 14, 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  25. ^ "SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge". World-challenge.com. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  26. ^ "Supercar Challenge". Supercarchallenge.nl. Retrieved 2012-10-06. 

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