1 september 2005
Lotus Exige Coming to America
Following a record-breaking first year of sales for the Lotus Elise
roadster, Lotus Cars USA will begin importing the Elise's aggressive
twin brother, the Lotus Exige. While a family resemblance to the Elise
can be seen in the Exige's bodywork, every body panel is new except for
The Exige is narrowly focused on taking the Elise's excellent handling
to an even higher level of performance.
"Bringing the Exige to America allows us to reinforce our commitment to
pure sports car enthusiasts" said John English, president and CEO of
Lotus Cars USA. "The Exige is unique in its ability to provide
incredible track capability in a package that can be driven to and from
Using the award-winning Elise chassis as a starting point, the Exige
adds aerodynamic bodywork that produces nearly 100 pounds of downforce
at 100 miles per hour. This is exceptional compared to the lift most
cars produce at this speed. This additional downforce allows Exige to
corner faster than the Elise and therefore makes it nearly 2 seconds
faster around Lotus'
famous Hethel test track. New bodywork includes an aerodynamic splitter
at the lower edge of the front bodywork, a sculpted hardtop and engine
bay cover, side intake scoops and a rear wing. While the additional
bodywork adds about 30 pounds to the weight of an Elise, the Exige will
still weigh just slightly more than 2000 pounds.
All the trim including the splitter, rear wing, side scoops, rear
diffuser and wheels are finished in black to add to the Exige's
aggressive look. The radiator outlet, front brake vents and engine bay
outlets are finished with black mesh.
Since the focus is performance, the forged wheels, ultra high
performance Yokohama A048 tires, stiffer suspension and twin oil
coolers from the Elise Sport Pack are standard equipment. Sport seats
are also standard and all 20 exterior colors from the 2006 Lotus palet
will be available. In keeping with the black trim theme, black will be
the only interior color for both the standard cloth and the Touring
For those looking to slightly tame the Exige, a Touring package will be
available with leather seats and door panels, full carpeting,
additional sound insulation and an upgraded stereo system. For those
looking to add even more edge, a Limited Slip Differential, traction
control and an air conditioning delete option should do the trick.
Since the bodywork on the Exige is "hand-laid" and the rest of the car
is hand-assembled, production will be limited to 300 to 350 cars for
The MSRP will be $50,990 when Exiges begin to arrive early in the first
quarter of 2006. Options include the following:
o Touring Pack - $1350
o Lotus Traction Control - $495; Designed to
modulate power through the engine control module to reduce rear wheel
spin, LTC can be disabled via an interior switch.
o Limited Slip Differential with Lotus
Traction Control - $1790; Torque sensing limited slip differential
designed to distribute power more evenly between the rear tires to
allow more aggressive acceleration out of low speed corners in
o Air Conditioning Delete - $250; Removes
approximately 22 lbs. from the already lightweight Exige.
o Metallic Paint - $595
o Lifestyle Paint - $1200
> About Group Lotus plc: The main operating subsidiary of Group Lotus
> plc is Lotus Cars Ltd. which has two operating divisions - Lotus Cars
> and Lotus
> Lotus Cars builds and commercialises Lotus sports cars, Elise and
> Exige, and manufactures the advanced composite front and rear crash
> structures for Aston Martin V12 Vanquish. Lotus Engineering provides
> comprehensive and versatile consultancy services to many of the
> world's OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, offering a full engineering
> from initial concept and project design through development to full
production prototype build.
> Lotus Cars USA is the North American distributor of Lotus Sports Cars
> based in Duluth, Georgia just outside of Atlanta.