Lotus Exige S 

  • $60k
  • 2006
  • 240 HP 1.8L
  • 151 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.
by EVO (Apr, 2012)
Last but not least, the new V6 sounds great – there’s something of the historic racecar about its rich growl and there’s no overpowering supercharger whine either.
by EVO (Apr, 2012)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Lotus Exige S


Exige S
4.1 s
Elise S
5.8 s
Nissan GT-R
2.7 s

Top speed

Exige S
151 mph
McLaren P1
217 mph
Nissan GT-R
195 mph


Exige S
12.5 s
McLaren P1
5.5 s
Elise S
18.4 s

1/4 mile

Exige S
13 s
McLaren P1
9.8 s
Nissan GT-R
10.8 s

Nurburgring time

Exige S
McLaren P1
Nissan GT-R

Data points Key details of the Lotus Exige S


Exige S
McLaren P1


Exige S
240 HP
McLaren P1
903 HP

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


The supercharged V6 makes a world of difference to the character of the car.
by EVO (Apr, 2012)
With a heavier mid-mounted engine you might expect the Exige to feel tricky on the limit, but on wet roads it would swing progressively either with a lift or by keeping your foot in.
by EVO (Apr, 2012)


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


It was easy to catch too, which is not something you could say of the old four-cylinder car.
by EVO (Apr, 2012)


The quicker steering is exactly what you would expect from Lotus – full of feel and it dances in your hands as the car follows the cambers of the road.
by EVO (Apr, 2012)


It is capable of both curbing understeer and also optimising traction out of corners (there’s no limited-slip diff) and it can even learn which tyres you’re using – Pirelli P Zero Corsas are standard, Trofeos an £800 option – by calculating slip.
by EVO (Apr, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Lotus
Price $59,890
Year 2006

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 8.62 lb/hp
Maximum hp 240 HP @ 7,800 RPM
Maximum torque 170 ft-lb @ 5,500 RPM
Max RPM 8,000 RPM
Engine placement Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion


Displacement 1,800 cc
Air compressor Supercharger
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 11.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.23 in / 3.35 in
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 valves

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,068 lb
Width 68 in
Height 45.6 in
Length 149.5 in
Front track width 57.4 in
Wheelbase 90.6 in

road tests

Top speed 151 mph
1/4 mile 13 s
0-60mph 4.1 s
0-100mph 12.5 s
0-200kph 22.7 s
20.6km nurburgring time 8:25.0
Hockenheim short lap time 1:15.30


Drivetrain RWD
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 6 gears
Axle ratio 4.53:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
Front wheels 406/? 165
Rear wheels 432/? 190
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