Why does the Exige garner so much negative attention?
Subject says it all, really. I've noticed that while I do get a fair share of positive attention for the car (mostly from men), whenever I'm out driving or otherwise with the car in a public place it gets so much negative attention. I've had people walk by it and say out loud, "What the **** kind of car is this?" Or people will speed by me on the highway or in the city (!) after riding my ass or pacing me on the side. Or block me from merging. Or yell at me in a mocking tone, "Hey, dude, nice caaaaaaaaaar." or "Yeeeeeaaaaaah! Whooooo! A Lotus!" or simply, in a nasally voice, "LOTUS!" I know that on paper, the previous comments sound nice, but the tone in which people shout them is most definitely not.
What is it with the car that elicits this kind of scorn?
I have doubts that it's something as simple-minded as jealousy. Is it because it looks exotic but is tiny (and somewhat "cute")? So it looks exotic but doesn't exude the "road presence" of a larger car (458, Gallardo, Gran Turismo)? I seriously feel like I'm made fun of more than anything else, more than being praised, more than being left alone. Don't get me wrong, I'm not crying myself to sleep every night because of it, but I was curious who else gets this treatment. For those of you who DO have other, perhaps arguably more bona fide, exotic cars get the same treatment when out in those?
2006 LOTUS EXIGE (ASPEN WHITE) Honda K24A2 + MPx90 supercharger. 322whp/271lb-ft @13psi. Build thread here.
1992 ACURA NSX (BERLINA BLACK) Quintessential 90's supercar.
2007 SUZUKI SV650 Track bike.