Lotus has released the first pictures and all the information about the new Lotus Exige S Roadster, the convertible that has 350 horsepower and a very low weight.
Lotus added to the Exige model range the lightweight convertible version of the sports car, so popular among auto enthusiasts. The new Lotus Exige S Roadster complements an already generous range, composed of Exige S Exige Cup and Exige Cup R.
Lotus Exige S Roadster – Engine & Design & Price
Lotus Exige S Roadster comes with a fresh look, shaped by a more aggressive front end, the integrated LED lights into the optical blocks and 17- and 18-inches alloy wheels. Of course, the wheels are “shoed” with special Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tires.
The sports convertible uses a folding roof that allows it to be 10 kilograms (22 lbs) lighter than its fixed-roof coupe counterpart. This is why Lotus Exige S Roadster boasts a total mass of only 1166 kg (2570 lbs), the car having a pretty good power/weight ratio – 3.3 kg/hp
If we take into account what is hiding under the lightweight bodywork, namely a 3.5-liter V6 engine, the equation is becoming very tempting. The engine is combined with either a 6-speed manual transmission or the automatic SPS (Serial Precision Shift).
The 350 horsepower delivered at 7,000 rpm and the 400 Nm torque (295 lb-ft) provided at 4,500 rpm are sufficient to make an acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and 0 to 100 km/h in 4 seconds. The maximum speed was limited to just 233 km/h (145 mph), although the convertible is able to reach a top speed of 274 km/h (170 mph).
The first estimated figures related to the fuel consumption have been made public: 10.1 liters/100 km (27.9 mpg Imp. / 23.3 mpg US), and CO2 emissions of 236 g/km.
The Lotus Exige S Roadster price will be the same as the coupe, ie £52,900 – starting price in UK VAT included (GBP £52,900 GBP EU (Excl Taxes) € 55,378 Euros € 55,378 Euros Japan (Inc Taxes) ¥8,500,000 YEN ¥8,500,000 YEN), with sales starting this summer.
This summer the critically acclaimed Lotus Exige S loses its roof and gains a new character. As capable as its coupé counterpart, the Exige S Roadster retains all the intent of a race-bred sports car but also possesses the poise of a sleek convertible.
The introduction of the new Exige to the Lotus product range has provided a new opportunity for the Norfolk based sports car brand to expand and strengthen its production resource, generating new jobs and opportunities for skilled individuals who want to be part of the Lotus story.
The Exige S Roadster is the perfect car for a ‘joy’ ride; what better way is there to enjoy the panoramic views of the world’s most beautiful roads than when they are enhanced by the purposeful roar of a V6 soundtrack and to feel the wind in your hair and sun on your skin?
Lotus Exige S Roadster Video
Lotus Exige S Roadster Wallpaper [photo gallery]
Lotus Exige S Roadster via Lotus