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THE NEW LOTUS EXIGE S IN DETAILSeptember 11, 2009
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The New Lotus Exige S in Detail
The Exige S optional Touring Pack includes:
Full leather or Microfibre suede-effect interior
Leather trimmed centre console
Leather handbrake gaiter
Sound system iPod* connection
Full carpets, with embroidered logo
Auxiliary driving lights
Noise insulation paneling
Aluminium retractable Cup holder
The Exige S optional Sport Pack includes:
Bilstein sports dampers
Lotus switchable traction control system
Adjustable front anti-roll bar
T45 roll bar, with integrated harness mounts
ProBax Sports seats
The Exige S optional Performance Pack includes:
308mm front cross-drilled and vented discs with AP Racing four piston callipers
Uprated front and rear brake pads
Full-length upsized roof scoop
Variable slip traction control and launch control system
Uprated clutch plate and cover
Uprated vehicle performance through enhanced power and torque delivery
With the Exige Performance Pack, the power is raised to 179kW at 8000 rpm courtesy of a Magnuson/Eaton M62 supercharger, new faster flowing injectors and higher torque clutch system and an upsized roof scoop to feed more air to the supercharger intercooler system. This hike in power, together with an increase in torque to 230Nm at 5500rpm from the standard 215Nm at 5500rpm, helps whisk the Performance Pack Exige S from 0-100km/h in 4.77 seconds, and on to 160km/h in 11.97 seconds. Top speed rises to 232km/h.
The power and torque of the 179kW engine is increased across the rev range giving even more flexibility. Despite these high levels of performance the fuel economy is impressive with a new combined figure of 8.5 litres per 100km and 199g/km CO2 - reduced from 9.1l/100km and 216 g/km CO2 for the 2009 Model Year Exige.
Of course the increased power and straight-line performance are only a couple of elements of the Performance Pack option. The clutch is uprated and a clutch damper fitted; there are thicker, 308mm diameter cross-drilled and vented discs at the front clamped by AP Racing four-piston callipers; the standard brake pads are replaced by uprated pads.
The Performance Pack also includes the Exige GT3-race developed launch control with variable traction control. From the driver's seat, the system allows the selection of revs for the optimum standing start in all road conditions. A clutch damper cushions the severity of the clutch/transmission engagement to minimise stresses to the drivetrain.
Above 10km/h, the launch control hands over duties to the traction control system, which can dial in the amount of rear-tyre slip retardation required.
The amount of traction control can be varied in over 30 increments from an optimum seven-percent slip to completely off, indicated by a reading on the dash.
The beauty of all the packs is that they can be combined so a customer can select the additional interior and exterior equipment from the Touring pack with the sport-focused equipment from the Sport pack.
A torque-sensing limited slip differential is available as stand-alone options, along with options such as Bilstein one-way and height-adjustable adjustable dampers and lightweight forged alloy wheels.
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