Lotus Exige review

Category: Sports car

Section: Interior

Lotus Exige 2020 RHD dashboard
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  • Lotus Exige 2020 RHD front right tracking
  • Lotus Exige 2020 RHD right rear tracking
  • Lotus Exige 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Lotus Exige 2020 RHD right rear tracking
  • Lotus Exige 2020 RHD wheel detail
  • Lotus Exige 2020 RHD front tracking
  • Lotus Exige 2020 RHD front left tracking
  • Lotus Exige 2020 RHD front right static
  • Lotus Exige 2020 RHD right static
  • Lotus Exige 2020 RHD right rear static
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Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

Once you’ve managed to twist and wriggle yourself over the wide sills that conceal the Exige’s bonded aluminium chassis, you’re received by a snug, minimalistic interior. There’s an Alcantara wrapped steering wheel, a couple of carbon-fibre backed sports seats, a smattering of switches, a handbrake, and that’s about it. Some will argue that it’s simply too spartan to tolerate, especially when you consider the Cup 430’s high price tag, but others will view it as a uniquely purposeful, pared-down driving environment.

Talking of uniquely purposeful features, those carbon-fibre backed seats, despite being wafer thin, are surprisingly comfortable on longer drives. They place you nice and low, with your bum seemingly hovering just a couple of inches from the tarmac, while the fixed steering wheel and pedals force your arms and legs to be stretched out before you. This might not sound like a particularly relaxed driving position, but it feels entirely natural.