Lotus Exige

Lotus Exige information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about the hard-top Elise. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the Exige car range. We list the top 10 stories for each model – and where appropriate you can click on ‘More’ to browse even more of our archive.

Background

The Exige is the Elise for purists - and a popular choice for track-day heroes. It’s basically the roadster with a permanent hard top and has the startling looks of a baby Group C race car with its roof-mounted air vent feeding the mid-mounted engine. For more information on the Exige, click on our further stories on the links below.

60sec road test

Outgrown your four-cylinder Elise? Then step this way, for Hethel can offer you a much more serious kind of sports car in the shape of the Exige. It’s the coupe version of the roadster, with a permanent hard top - and a step up in engine power. There are no four-pots in the Exige, just the Toyota-sourced V6 in 3.5-litre guise. As you can imagine, the results are ferocious. Even the slowest model can sprint from 0-60mph in four seconds flat, so it’s not for the faint-hearted. And by no means go expecting creature comforts - the Exige is all about going, steering, stopping and thrilling sports car drivers. The interior is just as shabby as the Elise’s. And - get this - you now order a roadster version of the Exige. Which is nearly as baffling as some of VW’s weirder niches (this is a convertible version of the coupe version of the convertible, remember!).

The one we’d buy

V6 Supercharged. Why not?

The one we’d avoid like the plague

No clunkers here for adrenaline junkies

Rivals to consider

Porsche Cayman, Porsche 911 GT3 

For 

Thrills come no thicker and faster than this; a wonderful track-day tool

Against

Not an easy daily driver, horrible cabin, lacks refinement

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