Supercharged Lotus Exige S Coming to the US

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Finally. Lotus is sending its top-shelf hooch to the US, in the form of a superchargerd Exige S. The company anounced today that the near-supercar Exige is coming to the states in the form of a 220-hp version (a 16-percent lift from the base model). The coupe, which weighs in at 2,077 pounds, can get from zero to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds (nearly a second faster than the base model) and to 100 mph in 11 seconds, under the command of a six-speed tranny. Top speed is 148 mph. The model also gets variable-revs cam switching, by way of its T4e engine control system. For you? $56,990. Operators are standing by.

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DISCUSSION

Navalb
Al Navarro

This here is why I'm glad I ended up in a Seven. There's no real upgrade temptation factor (I don't like the new CSR...it's SV-wide and the lines don't work for me). I guess I could upgrade the engine to a Duratec and perhaps put in a Freestyle inboard suspension, but even both of those upgades would cost about 1/3rd of a new Exige S.

Pretty much every modern car is prone to this. Bought a C6 Corvette? Well that was cool until the Z06 variant came out. Bought an Exige? That was the hotness until this supercharged thing came out.

I understand that carmakers need to do this, to design in some degre of obsalescence so that new models have appeal. But really, I'm over that now. Sevens for everyone!