2010 Lotus Exige S

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Key Specs

of the 2010 Lotus Exige S. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
    Coupe
  • Combined MPG:
    23 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    240-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

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

The Bad

  • Ride comfort
  • Cramped cockpit
  • Sparse dashboard

Notable Features of the 2010 Lotus Exige S

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

2010 Lotus Exige S Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 sc...
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

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(3.4)
Comfort
(3.0)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Best car ever!

by Best car ever! on September 18, 2017

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 Read full review

(5.0)

Overlooked

by andy from Phoenix on August 8, 2011

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 ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2010 Lotus Exige S currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Exige S received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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