The two-seat, two-door Lotus Exige is a sports car that came into being as a spinoff of the classic mid-engined roadster, Lotus Elise, that had been at the forefront of Lotus’ road-going fleet since 1996. Launched in 2000, the Exige coupe retained much of the design language of the Elise. Being truly a driver’s car, the Exige comes with standard gadgetry like a car alarm, iPod integration on the upgraded sound system. The race-ready design also boasts of a bigger roof scoop and added horsepower in the performance package that also features integrated harness mounts and an available roll bar.
Bearing a race track specification, the two-seat sports car Lotus Exige was introduced in 2000 and was offered with a 1.8-L 1796 cc, DOHC Toyota supplied engine. Designed by Yamaha, the engine outputs 138 lb-ft torque @ 6800 rpm and 190 hp @ 7800 rpm, thanks to VVTL-I integration for the output. With a single-plate dry close-ratio clutch, Exige’s Toyota engine comes mated to a 6-Speed manual transmission. The mid-engined roadster has a top speed of 237 km/h and accelerates from 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds. One of the most fuel economical supercar of its generation, the Exige returns a fuel economy of 24 miles per gallon.
The cockpit of the Lotus Exige comes laden with lots of leather bits all around. Up front, the cabin features scrolling vehicle system readouts on the LCD display while RPM and speed are displayed via two analog dials in the dashboard.
Created following the design philosophy of Colin Chapman, the Lotus Exige evolved as a natural next step in the development of the Elise. The new model was designed by Lotus's chief engineer "Richard Rackham" and the head of design "Julian Thomson". The first generation Elise’s less aggressive and round headlights were used in the first Exige. With the engine neatly packed behind the cockpit, the Exige features light composite bodywork and an all aluminum monocoque. The 2-door coupé comes with a rear spoiler, a rear engine cover, a roof scoop, a fiberglass hardtop roof and a front splitter that gives a greater downforce and reduces drag. The track-inspired engineering of the vehicle was brought to life in fiberglass elements with significant extra downforce being provided to the model with the raised rear wing and a new front splitter.