2010 Lotus Exige S

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$65,690

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2010 Lotus Exige S

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Performance potential
  • Handling potential
  • Hard-to-miss styling
  • Racing heritage
  • Gas mileage

The bad:

  • Ride comfort
  • Cramped cockpit
  • Sparse dashboard

1 trim

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Notable features

  • Restyled nose, larger rear wing
  • Six-speed manual
  • Intended for track driving

2010 Lotus Exige S review: Our expert's take

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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.0
  • Interior design 3.4
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value for the money 4.2
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.4

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Best car ever!

Truly a rare beast of a car. Nothing else is out in the market that can compare. Wish they still made them so they could be more affordable

4.4

Overlooked

unlike some other reviewers I have owned one for the past 5 years! Can't beat a Porsched or Corvette....let me enlighten you it is not the car! It is the driver!! Car is pure fun on wheels! It is raw but the feedback you get from it, I did not get from any of the Ferraris that I owned or own today! This car it is in a league of its on when it comes to grins!!! I get more compliments on the Lotus than 599! That is the difference! At all the car shows that I have attended I was more questions and won more trophys than any other exotic costing 5X more~ Again it is raw, pure sports car! It does not have CC or PS.......just the basics AC! Reliability, well it has a toyota sourced engine which should pretty much make it bullet proof! Repairs should be by far cheaper than any other luxury sports car! I highly recommend that you take a drive before listening to someone that just read "Car and driver"!!

4.6

Lotus Exige S

LOTUS...The most overlooked SuperCar on the road. A very specialized Exotic, $30,000 less than a 911 Porsche, and twice the fun. Raw, pure power fun. Excellent as a second, weekend, or summer car more so than as a daily driver. If you are passionate about driving, this car is for you. If you want a car to do grocery shopping, it isn't. Creature comforts are minimalistic in all Lotus, and the Exige is no exception. This is an enthusiast's car for enthusiasts, so if you are looking for GT amenties, the Lotus wasn't made for you. If you want the most FUN that you've ever had in a car, a smile brought to your face, the adrenaline rush of parachuting without leaving the ground.....the Lotus is for you, and for your lucky passenger. I've been driving for over 50 years, and without the doubt, the Lotus is the most satisfying ride I've ever owned. See Lotus, Experience Lotus, DRIVE Lotus and you will fall in love. Just for the passion. This car is all about driving, not about the mechanics of getting from place to place. If your dream of getting a $500,000 Ferrari is beyond your reach, the Lotus will do just fine, and fulfill all those fantasies.

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Warranty

New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
96 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
24 months/unlimited distance