• (4.2) 5 reviews
  • MSRP: $80,000–$80,000
  • Body Style: Coupe
  • Combined MPG: 23
  • Engine: 240-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
2010 Lotus Exige S

Our Take on the Latest Model 2010 Lotus Exige S

What We Don't Like

  • Ride comfort
  • Cramped cockpit
  • Sparse dashboard

Notable Features

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

2010 Lotus Exige S Reviews

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.

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

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

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

Consumer Reviews


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Best car ever!

by Best car ever! from 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

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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.


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.

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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).

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