Lotus Exige S Automatic

UK: Lotus Exige S Automatic goes on sale

February 2, 2015

Following the October announcement, Lotus has launched the Lotus Exige S Automatic in the UK. The 3.5-litre V6 engine that produces 345 bhp and 400 Nm of torque can now be optionally paired to a new 6-speed automatic transmission allows gearshifts as quick as within just 240 milliseconds. The automatic transmission equipped Exige S can do 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) in 3.8 seconds, 0.1 second quicker than the manual transmission equipped Exige S. The CO2 emissions figure has also improved from 235 g/km (manual) to 222 g/km (automatic).

Along with buttons on the centre console for Park, Reverse, Neutral and Drive, forged aluminum manual-shift paddles are also there behind the steering wheel cross-spokes for gearshifts. An optional Race Pack is also available which includes Race mode. The Race mode reduces the intervention of the Lexus Dynamic Performance Management further and includes a Launch Control system.

The automatic transmission is available on both coupe and roadster models. The RRP in the UK is £1,667 (excluding tax).

More information is available in the press release below.


Lotus Exige S Automatic front three quarters left

The new Lotus Exige S Automatic gives the pure, extreme, high performance Lotus driving experience with both automatic and paddle shift manual options.

  • 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds (0-100kph in 3.9 seconds) – 0.1 seconds quicker than the manual Exige S
  • 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 and incorporates a Launch Control system.

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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