The Lotus Exige S Roadster has made its officia debut here at the Geneva Motor Show 2012. It’s the first time an Exige model has been offered with a factory-fitted soft top roof, one which is typically lightweight and easy to put up and take down.
The roofless sports car is powered by a supercharged 3.5 liter V6 engine reaching 100km/h from standing in four seconds and 0-160km/h in 8.5 seconds. The top speed for the Exige S Roadster is 233km/h.
The Roadster comes with a six-speed manual gearbox, but will also be available with Lotus’ Serial Precision Shift (SPS), a paddle-operated automated manual transmission. With a targeted weight of just under 1,100kg, this is one of the lightest six-cylinder roadsters on the market by some margin.
The car comes with two different suspension settings. There’s the standard setting for an active driving experience suited to public roads; and an optional setting as part of the Race Pack for maximum performance, developed for track use. The launch control system can be activated when the car is in Race mode.
The car has been developed for the main markets such as Europe and Asia. The Exige S Roadster will not be available to the US market.