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by Brett Davis

Lotus has unveiled the 2012 Lotus Exige S at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. The new model is larger and features a 3.5-litre V6 engine. It also gets smooth new panel contours and a new DPM Lotus driving management program.

The new 2012 Lotus Exige S does look similar to the predecessor but upon closer inspection, there are a number of distinct clues that set it apart. The main of which being the slightly redesigned panels including a new face, headlights and single-piece nose.

From the back, it’s completely revised. The taillights are recessed into a shallow panel which spreads the entire width of the rear end. There’s also a new spoiler moulded into the body work along with a big rear wing mounted on the rear deck.

The main change for the new model though is of course the engine. The 2012 Lotus Exige S now gets the 3.5-litre supercharger V6 that’s also seen in the Lotus Evora. In the Exige S it produces a whopping 257kW of power and 400Nm of torque.

The 2012 Lotus Exige S tips the scales at just 1080kg. Lotus says the new Exige S is capable enough to dismiss 0-100km/h in just 3.8 seconds on has a top speed of around 270km/h. Group Lotus CEO Dany Bahar recently spoke about the new model upon its unveiling, saying,

“Anyone who has ever driven an Exige will tell you that it’s not for the faint-hearted. The new Exige S skips a few rungs on the ladder to give the driver the ultimate Lotus experience. Quite simply you can’t get more Lotus than the Exige S.”

A unique new technology for Lotus is also featured on the new Exige S. It’s called Dynamic Performance Management (DPM), which basically provides three different driving settings switchable in the cabin; Touring, Sport and DPM off.

Each of these options sets the car up in terms of the car’s stability control program to best suit the driving conditions. An optional Race Pack will also be on offer, which brings with it a Race setting and launch control function.

The 2012 Lotus Exige S will go on sale some time later this year. Prices are yet to be finalised.