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2012 Lotus Exige to come to U.S. as track car for $85–$90K

2012 Lotus Exige

Lotus was forced to axe the Lotus Elise and Exige from the U.S. lineup due to the expiration of a smart-airbag exemption and the discontinuance of its Toyota-derived 1.8-liter motor. After producing a couple farewell packages, Lotus unveiled a revised Exige S for the European marketplace that features a Lotus Evora S-derived 3.5-liter supercharged V-6 producing 345 hp—nearly 100 more horsepower than the Exige S260. It appears the Europeans won’t get all the fun as Lotus has confirmed with us that the new Exige will be coming stateside as a track-only car featuring full roll cage, racing seats and harness, electrical cut-off switch, et cetera and will be priced in the area of $85,000–$90,000.

Despite being 300 pounds heavier than its predecessor, the new Exige S is expected to get to 60 mph from a stop in as little as 3.8 seconds and hit a top speed around 170 mph. This is a few ticks of the stopwatch faster in the zero-to-60-mph time and a massive 20 mph faster in top speed compared to the outgoing car. In addition, the car also features a Dynamic Performance Management (DPM) system with three distinct driving modes: Touring, Sport, and stability control off. We also anticipate the Race Pack function to come stateside, offering a launch control system and optimized track-suspension setting for better traction out of corners.

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2012 Lotus Exige

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Posted on: 12/7/2011 at 12:02 PM
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Lotus says farewell to the Elise and Exige with Final Edition models

Due to Toyota's discontinuance of the 1.8-liter four-cylinder 2ZZ engine, the Lotus Elise and Exige will no longer be available in North America (although it will continue in other markets). Lotus is saying farewell to the Exige and Elise for North America with three limited Final Edition vehicles.

Lotus will say goodbye to the Elise with 15 Elise SC Final edition models. It features matte black details on the exterior and interior, a high level of standard equipment, and a base price of $57,500.

2011 Lotus Elise SC Final Edition

The Final Edition Exige models will be available in two basic color flavors: a Matte Black Final Edition and every-other-color S260 Final Edition. The Exige Matte Black Final Edition is equipped with the S260’s supercharged and intercooled 257-hp engine but wears an exclusive matte black paint finish and comes equipped with black Alacantara sport seats. It will be limited to 25 units at a base price of $69,900.

2011 Lotus Exige Matte Black Final Edition

The 30 Exige S260 Final Edition units will come in the full array of Lotus exterior colors and be priced from $67,500.

Lotus Exige S260 Final Edition

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