Lotus Exige S now on sale in Australia from $119,990

Matching lightweight agility with serious power and torque outputs, the Lotus Exige S is one of the best bang-for-your-buck buys currently on the market. The supercar is now on sale in Australia.

Powered by a supercharged version of the Toyota-sourced 3.5-litre V6, also seen in the Evora, the Exige S produces 257.5kW and 400Nm. It’s able to demolish 0-100km/h in just 4.0 seconds, and hit a top speed of 274km/h.

Part of this performance comes from an engineering focus on being as light in weight as possible. With a kerb weight of just 1200kg, it offers a power-to-weight ratio of 4.6kg:1kW. This is a similar sort of ratio as the Audi R8 V8, and not far off the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.

The Exige S comes with a range of performance-oriented technical features, such as 350mm front brakes, and Lotus’s Dynamic Performance Management (DPM) system with three different driving modes; Touring, Sport, and DPM off. There’s also an optional Race Pack which includes launch control and a Race driving mode with revised suspension.

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Standard features inside include sports bucket seats, a four-speaker stereo with USB compatibility, an aluminium passenger foot rest for track stints, and air-conditioning. Cruise control and leather upholstery are optional.

Alastair Manihera, brand manager for Lotus Australia and New Zealand, recently spoke about the new addition to the company’s current two-model lineup, saying,

“The new Exige S offers raw supercar performance, agility, unparalleled ride and handling and mind blowing drive experience, attributes that people have come to expect from Lotus but taken to a new level with the Exige S.”

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.