Road Tests Real world tests of Exige S vs M3 (E46)

0-60mph

Exige S
4.1 s
It’s a stunningly strong engine and throttle response is scintillating, no matter where you are in the rev range.
Exige S | by EVO (Apr, 2012)

Top speed

Exige S
151 mph
M3 (E46) Coupe
155 mph
Supercharged 3.5-litre engine aside (which comes from the Evora S) the biggest piece of technological trickery is the new Dynamic Performance Management system.
Exige S | by EVO (Apr, 2012)

0-100mph

Exige S
12.5 s
It was also pretty effective against the Stalker gun, forcing error messages from 1100 feet down to 200 feet coming at the gun, and from 0 to 1000 feet going away.
M3 (E46) Coupe | by Car and Driver (Mar, 2003)

1/4 mile

Exige S
13 s
With 1940 miles on it, we took the M3 to the test track and measured a 0-to-60 time of 4.5 seconds and a standing quarter-mile of 13.1 seconds at 107 mph.
M3 (E46) Coupe | by Car and Driver (Mar, 2003)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Lotus Exige S

Reasons to consider the
Lotus Exige S

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Significantly lighter curb weight 2,068 lb vs 3,461 lb More than 40% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Faster in the quarter mile 13 s vs 13.5 s Around 5% faster at the drag strip
More expensive sticker price $60k vs $46k More than 30% more expensive harder to own
Better power-to-weight ratio 8.62 lb/hp vs 10.09 lb/hp Around 15% better power-to-weight ratio
Default view of BMW M3 (E46)

Reasons to consider the
BMW M3 (E46) Coupe

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More powerful engine 343 HP @ 7,900 RPM vs 240 HP @ 7,800 RPM Around 45% stronger engine
More torque 269 ft-lb @ 4,900 RPM vs 170 ft-lb @ 5,500 RPM Around 60% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Bigger engine 3,246 cc vs 1,800 cc More than 80% bigger engine
Faster to 200kph 19.5 s vs 22.7 s Around 15% faster to 200kph

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Exige S  vs
M3 (E46) 
Brand Lotus BMW
Price 59,890 46,000
Year 2006 2001-2007

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 8.62 lb/hp 10.09 lb/hp
Maximum hp 240 HP @ 7,800 RPM 343 HP @ 7,900 RPM
Maximum torque 170 ft-lb @ 5,500 RPM 269 ft-lb @ 4,900 RPM
Engine placement Mid Front
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 1,800 cc 3,246 cc
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 11.5:1 11.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.23 in / 3.35 in 3.43 in / 3.58 in

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,068 lb 3,461 lb
Width 68 in 70.1 in
Height 45.6 in 54 in
Length 149.5 in 176.9 in
Front track width 57.4 in 59.4 in
Wheelbase 90.6 in 107.5 in

road tests

Exige S  vs
M3 (E46) 
Top speed 151 mph 155 mph
1/4 mile 13 s 13.5 s
0-60mph 4.1 s 5.1 s
0-100mph 12.5 s 11.7 s
0-200kph 22.7 s 19.5 s

transmission

Drivetrain RWD Rear wheel drive
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6
Axle ratio 4.53:1 3.62:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc
Front wheels 406/? 165 457/? 203
Rear wheels 432/? 190 457/? 229
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