finally revealed the technical specification of the Exige S Automatic. The
engine will remain the standard one from the manual producing 345bhp and 400Nm
of torque with a top speed of 261kmph. The new Lotus Exige S Automatic will
have both automatic and paddle shift options available in Coupé and Roadster versions. The automatic Exige S, Lotus claims is
actually quicker from 0-100kmph than the manual by 0.1 second which in car
terms is a lot. The Automatic does it in 3.9 seconds as the 6-speed transmission
shifts gears in 240 milliseconds. Weighing just 1182kgs and a power-to-weight
ratio of 292 hp/tonne, the Exige S Automatic CO2 reduction is also significantly
lower at 222g/km compared to the manual’s 235g/km. Lotus claims that the
automatic is just as fast around their Hethel test track as the manual Exige S.
The fuel economy of the automatic Exige S is 10.42kmpl.
control panel is integrated neatly into the centre console of the cockpit, with
buttons for Park, Reverse, Neutral and Drive crafted, forged aluminium and
manual shift paddles located behind the steering wheel cross-spokes.
Down-shifting in Sports mode are accompanied by a throttle-blip to spike the
revs to accommodate the minute loss of power when the clutch is engaged for the
slight milliseconds. 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.
the Exige range, with a new automatic gearbox, opens up a new market for those
who prefer using a paddle shift with the alternative of an automatic gearshift.”
said Jean-Marc Gales, CEO Group Lotus plc as he expects that the Exige S Automatic
will account for over a third of the total global sales for the Exige S range.
option price over the existing price of the standard car is £1,667 (approx.
Rs.1.55lakh). Orders can be placed immediately.
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