Used Lotus Exige For Sale
The first Lotus Exige of series-I was released back in April 2001, and its run ended in 2004 when the Series-II started. The second series went until 2012 when the Series-III was launched with mid-ranged Exige S coupe. The current form of the Lotus Exige has been around since 2012 with its Series-III, and it has become an analog gem among the growing and glistening crop of podgy cars.
It is a thriller and a track-ready missile that can provide a massive adrenaline rush. Interested buyers can easily find Lotus Exige S for sale at reasonable prices. As compared to other sports cars, the used Lotus Exige price is unbelievably low.
Considering its specs, it seems that Lotus Exige has some serious attitude. It flaunts a supercharged 3.5-liter V6 that allows this powerful little whip to go 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.3 seconds on its way to reach 174 MPH. Isn’t that something?
Moreover, how can someone not talk about Exige Final Edition’s weight? Believe it or not, it’s only 2,324 pounds making it the lightest sports car on the face of the earth that houses a V6 engine. That’s a bag full of chips from the automobile perspective.
Talking about the appearance of the Lotus Exige, it is comparatively one of the smallest sports cars which are exquisitely engineered. The setup is thoroughly mechanical, and it creates a unique road presence that only a Lotus Exige can. It comes with three levels of adjustable Nitron dampers, which makes its damping positively bare-bones. With every new model, rear spoiler, front splitter, taillamps, and headlamps get little redesigning tweaks that make it nothing less than an exotic sports car.
The interior of the Lotus Exige might not be something that you can expect from an exotic sports car because it’s more of a basic look. Undoubtedly it comes with some creature comforts with an original and attractive aluminum frame, which is relatively comfortable.
Exige offers some unique special key functions, such as instead of a dial switch, and it offers a dedicated button to control the lights. The seat grips the driver, but people taller than 6’2” or those with wider frames will not feel comfortable. Additionally, it definitely allows the seat sliding, but there is no option to adjust the driving position due to its fixed steering wheel. The owner will have to modify and upgrade the Lotus Exige in order to get the adjustable steering wheel. People living in a hot climate can opt for the models that come with an air conditioning system because it’s optional, along with the convenience pack that offers a cup holder and USB port.
The visibility is not up to the mark either because there is no visibility out the back. Due to the compact design, the engine gets in the way, and the mirror wings are fairly small. Moreover, the size also creates a little difficulty in getting inside the car because its door opening is very narrow, and it’s also extremely low to the ground.
There is a DMP switch (Dynamic Performance Management) that allows the driver to choose any of the three modes. Additional upgrades like Race Pack, optimized suspension, and Launch Control can also be added on the switch. The Lotus Exige features a 3.5-liter V6 supercharged engine.
It traditionally comes with rear-wheel drive and 6-speed manual transmission, but the later Exige S models offer an automatic transmission as well. The sports models, as the name, deserves, get race-oriented parts such as a larger clutch and oil cooler from Cup 430. The latest Lotus Exige model makes 410 horsepower at 7000 RPM (Revolutions Per Minute) with 310 pound-feet of torque at 3500 RPM.
Lotus Exige is regarded as one of those cars that provide the purest driving experience in the market. Anyone who wants to push this bullet of a car to its limits needs to be a very focused driver because there is not a manual box and power steering.
As mentioned already, there are not many of the exceptional features that the interior offers. But Lotus Exige doesn’t require much of the stuff anyway. Its driving experience is everything other than comfort, and its low road-clearance makes the speedbumps nightmare for all the drivers. The Lotus Exige will also put a strain on your wallet because it’s not economical on gas. It seamlessly enthralls and entices the sports car driving enthusiasts to push it to its limits, and it evokes the pure feelings and emotions which are being lost in this age of digitization.
Specs The latest Exige S 419 flaunt the following specs: • Passenger Capacity: 2 • Engine: 3.5-liter V6 supercharged • Power: 410 horsepower at 7000 RPM • Fuel Economy: City 14.5 MPG, Average 27 MPG • Torque: 310 pound-feet of torque at 3500 RPM • Compression ratio: 11.5:1 • Fuel capacity: 12.6 gal • Fuel requirement: Premium unleaded • Construction: Aluminum block and head • Overall length: 159.3 inches • Overall height: 44 inches • Overall width: 70.9 inches • Wheelbase: 93.3 inches • Curb weight: 2,324 pounds • Drive configuration: Rear-wheel drive • Performance: Acceleration Lotus Exige 0-60 mph in 3.3 sec (EPA Estimation) • Suspension: Eibach coaxial coil springs, rear, and front • Turning circle: 2.86 turns lock-to-lock • Steering type: Unassisted rack and pinion steering • Gearbox: Sports ratio Six-speed manual transmission • Brake System: AP Racing four-piston calipers • Wheels: Gloss black forged alloy wheels, 18 inches rear, 17 inches front • Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 285/30 R18 rear and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 215/45 R17 front
Lotus Exige is one of those sports cars which makes no sense until they do. This little missile should be cherished, enjoyed because the days of such raw sports cars are decidedly numbered. Despite the drawbacks, Lotus Exige musters' reward is something that only a few sports cars can. Its analog fun, performance, and grip are some of the most engaging factors that most enthusiasts dream of.
It’s hard to imagine that a car only slightly bigger than my son’s Hot Wheels could be considered ‘hardcore,’ but that’s exactly what the Lotus Exige S for sale is. Designed for drivers by drivers, the engineers at Lotus spared no conveniences when it came to packaging this track beast. Cutting the fat is what they do best, and the result is impressive. The saying ‘less is more’ is absolutely applicable to the "S"—less horsepower, less weight, fewer creature comforts, less legroom, more perfection. Sure, on paper the small engine and relatively low horsepower output may seem anything but hardcore. Take it to the track, however, and what’s left is raw heart-pumping performance. That’s the magic of the power to weight ratio. So your Porsche 911 GT3 makes 475 horsepower? With only 345 horsepower, I’m not fazed. Topping out at 2,380 pounds, the Exige has a fair fight ahead of it. Throw in the car’s unparalleled dynamic abilities, and a fight is a win. Bottom line, this may be one of the purists handling cars that I have ever driven. Now, that is hardcore.
Exige S Specs
- Price: $47,650
- Engine: 1.8L supercharged l4
- Horsepower: 217 hp
- Torque: 184 lb-ft
- 0-60: 4.2 seconds
- Top Speed: 145 mph
- Transmission: 6-speed manual