For The Exige S is exhilarating to drive, with phenomenal grip and handling and staggering pace. It looks every inch the compact supercar, too.
Against The Exige S's cabin is dated and it's expensive to buy. You need to be as supple as a wet rag to get in and out, too.
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Stunning performance and handling, but the Lotus Exige is too expensive to recommend.
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The Exige S is much more than a souped-up Elise – there are major chassis and bodywork changes and the engine is a version of the one in the Europa. In essence, it's a racing car for the road, although the latest version is aimed at being a more usable everyday car than previous models.
That said, Lotus expects around two-thirds of buyers will go for the optional Race Pack, which adds bespoke tyres and suspension settings and a more sophisticated stability control system. The latter provides impressive traction through corners, so it's a sound choice for a car such as this.
Despite a sheen of sophistication, the Exige S remains rough-and-ready in many areas. If you can afford a four-wheeled toy and live near a fantastic bit of B-road or a race track, this could just be your dream car. The price is high, however, especially considering what else you could get for the money.
Reader test team says:
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