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.

  • SteveP

    Thats it. Time to sell everything to live in a tiny sports car…………

  • Harry

    This is good, this is very good. The all new exige that was getting talked about earlier didn’t come with the V6.

  • AndyGF

    Looks better too, being slightly longer…

  • Harry

    I like it more than the all new concept. I am sad though that it now weighs 1080kg, the original exige back in 2001 was what 780kG??? But I spose, at the end of the day the new engine trumps all.

  • Jim sim

    For sale: Everything and anything I own. Even the clothes im wearing now.

    • Wil-son

      Steve P was funny at the time, your not so funny.

  • Fizza

    Once upon a time there was a 3.5L V6 named Aurion. Unhappy with his poor self image due to possessing so much excess weight and no personality Aurion decided to join the biggest loser. After 12 weeks no one on the road could barely even recognise him. All of sudden he looked so much leaner, could run much faster and even didn’t mind the ladies riding him, handling him and moving his stick. To mark a new beginning Aurion decided to change his name to Exige.

    • G

      The Exige shares very little with the Aurion. Just the engine which is tuned differently and no doubt has plenty of Lotus specific parts. Less similarity than HSV and Corvettes sharing the same engine, don’t insult lotus by associating it with Toyota’s lack of imagination (up until recently – FT86).

  • The Specialist

    Is this the same 3.5l supercharged V6 out of the TRD aurion? If so that is a sweet engine!

  • Jimmy James

    Purchase. Keep Forever. The End.

  • RdS

    very cool!

    nice to see the exige finally get the current facelift elise face.
    the new rear is nice. I’d say not as good looking (‘pretty’) as the current model, but definetley tougher. reminds me of style of the old porsche GT1 rear, where the rear quarters are extended past the regular back panel. its obviously not here, but gives that impression to me.. overall as a gt1 exige!
    exhaust is.. a little piggy. looks like a snout.
    as for the most important bit – the new drivetrain – awesome. Definitely stepping on the 2+0 Evora S’ toes though!

    overall.. argh… i want…!
    i wonder how much itl be..

    • Harry

      not really, cos the exige is always supposed to be quicker and better handling than the Evora, this set of changes just reinforces that.

  • NathanF

    offically in love and soon to be in debt!

  • Vince

    And the price??? Astronomical. Ps remove the wing.

    • Phil

      Why would the price be Astronomical?

      The Evora S with the same supercharged engine is $139,900. Exige will be priced below that.

      Not cheap but hardly astronomical when there are plenty of other cars with similar performance asking $250-$500K.

      • Harry

        and don’t forget all the Lotus range just got cheaper across the board

        • Vince

          Sales begin later this year and prices will start at around £56,000 – £20K over the previous car – From EVO website.

          We’ll see what it ends up up being here. The current lowered Exige price is good, it was stupid before. I have a feeling this will not be any where near the current Exige price.

    • Capo

      The price is 70.000 EUR. This is nothing if you compare prices with other sport cars…

  • Wealth Wrestler

    Wow, looks awesome, especially from the side. Only thing I dislike is that signature smiley faced front grill. Everything else is perfect.

  • Tom

    When the spy shots were taken I give this car shite!

    The original Elise/exige looke shite to me this is a good step forward!!

    Better looking than the evora! GO LOTUS

  • Nick

    It’s certainly a good looking car, but I think lotus are wrong to move towards aero and away from lightweight. This is because the average driver will never feel the effect of it all. On the other hand, they will feel the effect of the extra weight it all adds. Just my opinion.

  • bje

    Expect this baby to be around 140-150K, way overpriced for what is an at best 110K car.