I dont understand the -VE comments regards the Exige V6. Having owned a combination 10+ Elise/Exige/2-Eleven/Evora (inc Cup versions) I'd happily settle for an Exige Sport 410 in a heartbeat, which is the current pick of the range IMO.
I know they are super rare in the USA, but if they were road legal in North America, I guarantee they'd be Lotus' best seller - as they are in most other markets. With the Evora, Lotus tried to appeal to a wider market, but most potential customers just walked-by. No-one buys an Exige V6 cross-shopping, it makes no apology by pleasing core Lotus enthusiasts.
For sure it's a Lotus hot-rod, being part S2, part Evora - so lacks ultimate purity of design / engineering - I wouldn't call it a 'Chapman' car. But like many skunkworks cars, the result is simply fun to drive. In theory it should be a pig to drive, with a heavy, high up, SC V6 out back & skinny alloy chassis originally designed for shopping trolley 4 pot. But in reality, it handles / rides / steers / brakes in typical Lotus fashion, yet you have a torquey engine to push you along to. Its not quite as 'instant' in reactions compared to a S2 Exige... but its all relative - nor is a S2 compared to a 700 KG S1. Spend time in an Exige V6 & the S2 Exige does seem 'toy' like & the lack of torque is amplified. In high speed corners & knarley roads, the Exige V6 is way more composed.
Although I think the Exige V6's evolution was too slow (it's origin was a mule to help develop the Evora - even going back to the 90's Lotus had developed a Rover KV6 powered coupe on the 111 chassis), Lotus have really upped the pace with the 380/410/430 versions. If you're US based, next time you have a trip to a country where the Exige V6 is sold, try one - I think you'll like it :-)
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Last edited by cain-it; 05-12-2019 at 11:39 PM.