May 02 2013

Lotus to release Exige S Roadster for summer 2013

RMA Track Days talks about Lotus Exige Roadster S

A Group Lotus video has confirmed the release of the Exige S Roadster. The roofless sports car was unveiled to the public at the 2012 Geneva motor show, becoming the fastest convertible Lotus in the process.

Since then, the company has had a tumultuous time, and news on the model’s development was noticeable by its absence. This latest video shows the Exige Roadster lapping the Nurburgring Nordschleife, though, suggesting in-depth development ahead of its summer release.

With the mid-mounted 345bhp 3.5-litre V6 of its closed-shell sibling, the convertible Exige will hit 145mph. That’s limited due to the lack of roof, and somewhat down on the coupe’s 170mph top speed, though they share a 3.8sec 0-60 time. Gearbox choices will be the six-speed manual we know from the coupe or the six-speed automatic seen in the Lotus Evora IPS

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