2010 Lotus Exige

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2010 Lotus Exige
Available in 1 styles:  2010 Lotus Exige Coupe shown
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20 city / 26 hwy

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Vehicle Overview
The Lotus Exige is a high-performance version of the Elise that's available only as a hardtop. The Exige lineup has two models: The S 240 and the higher-performance S 260. Both are marketed to high-performance enthusiasts and are intended mainly for the racetrack. The Exige competes with coupes like the Porsche Cayman S and Audi TTS, but with much more track prowess and less daily-driver friendliness.

New for 2010
The 2010 Exige gets a restyled front end, with larger air intakes to draw more air toward the radiator and oil coolers. Aerodynamic enhancements include a larger front air splitter that extends partially up the front fenders, as well as a larger rear spoiler.

Exterior
Even though the Exige looks similar to the soft-top Elise, the two sports cars use different sheet metal. Only the door panels are shared. Both are based on the same 150-pound aluminum chassis — featherweight by automotive standards.
  • Body-colored rear wing
  • Black ground effects aimed to increase down force
  • Single exhaust pipe replaces twin pipes in the Elise
  • Roof scoop channels air to the mid-mounted engine's intercooler


Interior
As with the Elise, only two people fit inside the Exige S. The small steering wheel is barely more than a foot in diameter.
  • Composite sport seats come only in black
  • LCD screen displays essential information
  • Optional leather seats, additional sound insulation, iPod-compatible stereo system and full carpeting


Under the Hood
Lotus says the Exige S 240 scoots from zero to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and the S 260 makes it in 4.0 seconds. Combined gas mileage for both is in the low 20s, which is atypically high for a car this quick.
  • 1.8-liter, supercharged four-cylinder makes 240 horsepower and 170 pounds-feet of torque in the S 240 and 257 hp and 174 pounds-feet in the S 260
  • Six-speed manual
  • Optional torque-sensing limited-slip differential
  • Bilstein shock absorbers and coil-spring suspension
  • Launch control feature minimizes wheel spin and clutch wear
  • Adjustable traction control can be fine-tuned to vary intervention between zero and 7 percent tire slip, or deactivated entirely
  • Standard cross-drilled rotors and twin-piston Lotus/AP Racing brake calipers
  • Optional adjustable suspension for shock compression and rebound


Safety
  • Antilock braking system specially calibrated for delayed actuation, which allows competition-oriented drivers to perform "threshold" braking
  • Standard traction control


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