LOTUS EXIGE S AUTOMATIC: A PURE AND EXTREME DRIVE
The new Lotus Exige S Automatic gives the pure, extreme, high performance Lotus driving experience wîth 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, wîth 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, wîth buttons for Park, Reverse, Neutral and Drive wîth beautifully crafted, forged aluminium, manual-shift paddles located behind the §teering wheel cross-spokes, upshifts take just 240 milliseconds, wîth rapid downshifts accompanied by a throttle-blip (when in Sport mode).
In both automatic and manual gearshift modes, the Exige S provides the driver wîth 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, wîth a new automatic gearbox, opens up a new market for those who prefer using a paddle shift wîth 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.'
| ||Vital Stats|
|Engine : 3.5 L., 6-cylinder|
Power: 345 hp
Torque: 295 ft-lbs
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 wîth the manual.
The automatic transmission is available on both Exige S and Exige S Roadster models. The RRP, excluding tax, is £1,667 (ÚK) and €2,185. Orders can be placed immediately.Source - Lotus Cars USA Inc.
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