Lotus has just announced details on the quickest production car ever — the new Exige S Automatic. We cannot think of another street-ready and USA-legal Lotus that has ever been so quick — with nearly all of Lotus’s hottest technology, biggest powerplant and raciest equipment, all on the most-hardcore and lightest model.
The latest Exige S is really a king-maker on any racetrack, but also a delight on the roads there and back. It is 50-state legal and priced from about $75,000. In terms of thrills per buck, the Exige S will make a Porsche 911 look like a giant boat of a Cadillac by comparison. This is laser-cut handling feel as its all-time best.
We would love a livery for our street Exige S Automatic similar to these shown on the stripped-out Exige Cup …. but will keep the carpets, AC, stereo and airbags, please. =]
2015 Lotus Exige S Automatic
23 October 2014
Lotus Expands Exige Product Range with Introduction of Exige S Automatic
Offering the involvement of a manual paddle-shift with all the convenience of an automatic, the
Exige S Automatic comes with a 6-speed transmissionthat has been specifically tailored to the
sporty characteristics of the Exige.
Integrating smooth and intuitive gear shifts with engine response and exhaust note, the Exige S
Automatic provides its driver with all round engagement and excitement and reflects the Lotus
DNA of pure driving experience.
For drivers who enjoy a more spirited drive, the gear-shift characteristics have been calibrated
to reflect the dynamic system changes that are activated when the driver selects either ‘Sport’ or
‘Race’ mode. Optimised gear selection and response deliver quicker all-round performance
when a sportier experience is desired.
Jean-Marc Gales, Chief Executive Officer, Group Lotus plc said, “By introducing a paddle-shift,
we have expanded the Exige product range to make itmore accessible to customers worldwide.
Now, customers who are more accustomed to two pedals and automatic transmissions can
enjoy the unbelievable performance and handling of the Exige S without compromise.”
The new Exige S Automatic is currently completing its final stages of testing and is anticipated
to exceed the manual variant in performance when itgoes on sale in January 2015. In fact, the
Exige S with automatic transmission as fast as its manual counterpart around the Hethel test
track and achieves the 0 – 100 km/h sprint achieving, 0.1 seconds quicker than the Exige S
manual in 3.9 seconds.
Automatic transmission will be available as a cost option to the Exige S and Exige S Roadster
models in all markets where the Exige is currently on sale. Prices for UK customers will be
£2,000 including VAT and €2,185 in Europe excludinglocal taxes.
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