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The already lightweight Lotus Exige S has shed kilos and gained unique equipment with the arrival of the new Lotus Exige S Club Racer.

Based on the already spritely Exige S coupe (pictured below), the Lotus Exige S Club Racer teams a 257.5kW/400Nm supercharged 3.5-litre V6 engine with a six-speed manual transmission.

Despite tipping the scales at 1161kg – 15kg lighter than the standard Exige S – the new Club Racer maintains the S’s 4.0-second 0-100km/h time and 274km/h top speed performance claim.

Helping to cut weight are a new lightweight battery, lighter doors, a lightweight centre console, and lightweight sports seats available in either leather or Alcantara with colour coded stitching.

Exige S

Available in Metallic White, Exige Orange, Metallic Yellow and (optional) Matt Black, the coupe-only Lotus Exige S Club Racer can be differentiated by its matt black front splitter, front access panel, roof, rear wing, wing mirrors and rear tail-light panel. It also sports ‘Club Racer’ decals inside and out.

A three-mode traction control system is standard too, allowing drivers to switch between ‘Drive’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Race’ modes – the latter two increasing throttle response.

Claiming that adding the Club Racer “ethos” to the Exige enhances the model’s track-focussed potential, Group Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales said the Exige S CR encompasses the brand’s reputation for benchmark handling and lightweight construction.

“[And shows] that we will always put a peerless and pure driving experience first.”

Lotus Evora 400

The Lotus Exige S Club Racer isn’t expected to arrive in Australia before quarter four 2015 at the earliest, with manual versions to lob ahead of those fitted with the Exige S’s contentious paddle-shifted six-speed automatic transmission. Prices will be announced closer to launch, however, they will no doubt eclipse the manual and automatic base cars’ starting prices of $132,990 and $137,990 respectively.

It’s been a busy time for the Malaysian-owned British marque, with the Elise 20th Anniversary special edition and 298kW/410Nm Evora 400 (pictured above) all recently making headlines.




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