Used Lotus Exige Coupe 2000 - 2002 review

Category: Sports car

Section: Our recommendations

2000 - 2002 review
Used Lotus Exige Coupe 2000 - 2002
  • Used Lotus Exige Coupe 2000 - 2002
  • Used Lotus Exige Coupe 2000 - 2002
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Which used Lotus Exige coupe should I buy?

The first Exige went on sale in summer 2000, and 583 were sold before production ended in spring 2001. The car was powered by a 177bhp version of Rover's 1.8-litre K-series engine. It's extremely noisy in the cabin and, despite basic air-con, it gets pretty hot.

As a result, we recommend the Exige S2 (Series Two), which went on sale in 2004, and was a much bigger seller. With a slightly softer body design, it was meant to be a more usable road car. Powered by a 1.8-litre Toyota engine, it delivers 189bhp.

The Touring Pack adds leather and carpets, while Super Touring gives a slightly different interior, airbags and even a cupholder. The Sports Pack means racing seats and a roll bar, and Super Sports equals adjustable dampers and lightweight alloy wheels. In 2005, came the limited-edition Sport Exige 240R, which offered 243bhp. A year later, Lotus launched the 218bhp Exige S.