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Mark H

Lotus Exige S Is Launched In Japan

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At a high profile launch event in Tokyo last week, Lotus presented the awesome 345bhp touting, 170mph capable, 3.5l V6 Exige S to the Japanese market.

 

As one of Lotus’ biggest and most important markets, the introduction of the Exige S marks an important milestone for our Japanese importer LCI and its network of 20 enthusiastic dealers.

Lotus Chief Engineer of Test & Development Matthew Becker and Territory Manager Paul Bing were at the Reppongi Hills complex to unveil the Exige S and talk about it’s capabilities to guests keen to get a first glimpse of the car.

Currently, Elise and Exige sales for Japan reflect a significant parentage of Hethel’s production such is the demand for our British brand steeped in racing heritage. The Evora, which is available in all variants in Japan continues to sell well too, but what everyone wanted to know was, what’s next? Well, we can confirm that further variants of the Elise, Exige and Evora will be introduced to Japan in due course – watch this space!

 

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    • By Mark H
      The new Lotus Exige S Automatic gives the pure, extreme, high performance Lotus driving experience with both automatic and paddle shift.
       

      · 0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds (0.1 seconds quicker than the manual Exige S)
      · 60 mph in 3.8 seconds
      · As fast around the Lotus Hethel test track as the manual Exige S
      · 240 milliseconds gearshift speed
      · Weighs just 1182 kg (unladen)
      · Significant CO 2 reduction from 235g/km (Exige S manual) to 222g/km (Exige S Automatic)
      · Available in both coupé and roadster versions  
       
      The much-loved Lotus Exige, with its ground-breaking, extruding aluminium and bonded chassis, lightweight composite body and race-bred double wishbone suspension now features an automatic transmission option that continues its uncompromised sporting profile.
      With an exceptional power-to-weight ratio of 292 hp/tonne and stunning performance, an even more focused driving experience is made possible by including the 6-speed automatic gearbox option. The automatic control panel is integrated neatly into the centre console of the cockpit, with buttons for Park, Reverse, Neutral and Drive with beautifully crafted, forged aluminium, manual-shift paddles located behind the steering wheel cross-spokes, upshifts take just 240 milliseconds, with rapid downshifts accompanied by a throttle-blip (when in Sport mode).
      In both automatic and manual gearshift modes, the Exige S provides the driver with a very rapid driving experience. In Sport mode, throttle response is sharpened and the Lotus Dynamic Performance Management (DPM) increases the traction slip thresholds allowing the driver even more vehicle control before an intervention is required. The system also opens the engine exhaust bypass valve at mid-to-high engine speeds. The Optional Race Pack includes Race mode, which reduces the intervention of the DPM further.
      Jean-Marc Gales, CEO Group Lotus plc, stated: “Expanding the Exige range, with a new automatic gearbox, opens up a new market for those who prefer using a paddle shift with the alternative of an automatic gearshift. We expect that the Exige S Automatic will account for over a third of the total global sales for the Exige S range as many drivers will appreciate the involvement of a manual paddle-shift and the convenience of an automatic.”
       
       
       
       
      Aided by the 345bhp, 3.5-litre, supercharged V6 engine, the Lotus Exige S Automatic reaches 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and 100 km/h in only 3.9 seconds. 100 mph (160 km/h) comes up in just over 9 seconds before reaching a top speed of 162 mph (261 km/h); 145 mph (233 km/h) for the Exige S Roadster. Its CO2 emissions rating of 222g/km is low enough to warrant a tax reduction in some markets compared to the Exige S with the manual.
      The automatic transmission is available on both Exige S and Exige S Roadster models. The RRP, excluding tax, is £1,667 (UK) and €2,185. Orders can be placed immediately.
       
      Performance figures:
      0-60mph 3.8 s
      0-100kph 3.9 s
      0-100mph (0-160kph) 9.2 s
      Max speed 162mph; 261kph
      Power 345bhp; 350PS; 258 kW
      Power to Weight 292 hp/tonne (296 PS/tonne; 218 kW/tonne)
      Torque 295 lbft; 400 Nm
      Kerbweight 1182 kg
       
      Consumption and emissions:
      Urban 20.9mpg (13.6 litres / 100km)
      Extra Urban 39.2mpg (7.2 litres / 100 km
      Combined: (official combined) 29.4mpg (9.6 litres / 100 km)
      CO2 222g/km (manual Exige S – 235 g/km)
       
       
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    • By Mark H
      The new Lotus Exige S Automatic gives the pure, extreme, high performance Lotus driving experience with both automatic and paddle shift.
      ·     0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds (0.1 seconds quicker than the manual Exige S)
      ·     60 mph in 3.8 seconds
      ·     As fast around the Lotus Hethel test track as the manual Exige S
      ·     240 milliseconds gearshift speed
      ·     Weighs just 1182 kg (unladen)
      ·    Significant CO2 reduction from 235g/km (Exige S manual) to 222g/km (Exige S Automatic)
      ·     Available in both coupé and roadster versions
       
       
      The much-loved Lotus Exige, with its ground-breaking, extruding aluminium and bonded chassis, lightweight composite body and race-bred double wishbone suspension now features an automatic transmission option that continues its uncompromised sporting profile.
      With an exceptional power-to-weight ratio of 292 hp/tonne and stunning performance, an even more focused driving experience is made possible by including the 6-speed automatic gearbox option. The automatic control panel is integrated neatly into the centre console of the cockpit, with buttons for Park, Reverse, Neutral and Drive with beautifully crafted, forged aluminium, manual-shift paddles located behind the steering wheel cross-spokes, upshifts take just 240 milliseconds, with rapid downshifts accompanied by a throttle-blip (when in Sport mode).
      In both automatic and manual gearshift modes, the Exige S provides the driver with a very rapid driving experience. In Sport mode, throttle response is sharpened and the Lotus Dynamic Performance Management (DPM) increases the traction slip thresholds allowing the driver even more vehicle control before an intervention is required. The system also opens the engine exhaust bypass valve at mid-to-high engine speeds. The Optional Race Pack includes Race mode, which reduces the intervention of the DPM further.
      Jean-Marc Gales, CEO Group Lotus plc, stated: “Expanding the Exige range, with a new automatic gearbox, opens up a new market for those who prefer using a paddle shift with the alternative of an automatic gearshift. We expect that the Exige S Automatic will account for over a third of the total global sales for the Exige S range as many drivers will appreciate the involvement of a manual paddle-shift and the convenience of an automatic.”
       
       
       
       
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      0-60mph                                            3.8 s
      0-100kph                                           3.9 s
      0-100mph (0-160kph)                      9.2 s
      Max speed                                        162mph; 261kph
      Power                                                345bhp; 350PS; 258 kW
      Power to Weight                               292 hp/tonne (296 PS/tonne; 218 kW/tonne)
      Torque                                                295 lbft; 400 Nm
      Kerbweight                                        1182 kg
       
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      Urban                                                  20.9mpg (13.6 litres / 100km)
      Extra Urban                                        39.2mpg (7.2 litres / 100 km
      Combined: (official combined)        29.4mpg (9.6 litres / 100 km)
      CO2                                                     222g/km (manual Exige S – 235 g/km)
       


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    • By Mark H
      The 1000th Exige S has just rolled off the Lotus production line marking a key milestone for the British sports car and is testament to the skill and dedication of the workforce based at Hethel, Worcester, Wellingborough and North Norwich.
      Since its launch in 2012 the Exige S and its Roadster sibling has achieved critical acclaim for its agility and handling performance, receiving praise from the international media and high profile accolades. The Exige has been impressing customers too, particularly in Japan where the car has received most of its orders followed by the UK, Switzerland, Australia, Hong Kong and Belgium.
      Lotus continues to expand the appeal of the Exige S and the 1000th car (pictured) is destined for Lotus’s Test and Development team where it will be used for the final sign-off of the new automatic gearbox, an optional extra that can be specified on either coupé or Roadster variants.
      Lotus Cars Chief Executive Officer Jean-Marc Gales commented, “Our customers want a pure driving experience and the Exige S epitomises the Lotus DNA of performance and handling excellence. It is thanks to the considerable talent and experience across our UK manufacturing facilities and at our Hethel headquarters that we are able, and proud to give this exceptional machine a Lotus badge.”
      Gales continued, “We have just recorded our strongest October since 2009 for sales which demonstrates the demand for Lotus cars, but we also acknowledge the strong global demand in new markets. There is incredible potential for growth in the Middle East, China and ASEAN countries, where the automatic option for the Exige is anticipated to stimulate customer demand further.”
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    • By Mark H
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      Gales continued, “We have just recorded our strongest October since 2009 for sales which demonstrates the demand for Lotus cars, but we also acknowledge the strong global demand in new markets.  There is incredible potential for growth in the Middle East, China and ASEAN countries, where the automatic option for the Exige is anticipated to stimulate customer demand further.”
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      Extra urban 37.2 mpg – 7.6 litres / 100km
      Combined – 28.0 mpg – 10.1 litres / 100km 
      CO2 emissions 236g CO2 / km


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