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This is a repost for those who didn't see it...

2010 Lotus EXIGE S

The 79th International Geneva Motor Show sees the introduction of the exciting new 2010 Model Year Lotus Exige S with a newly designed front end, a new rear wing and impressive emissions of just 199 g/km CO2. The Lotus Exige is a renowned high performance coupe that has a well earned reputation of choice for drivers who demand uncompromised performance, both on the road and on the track.

Lotus has always pursued efficiency and fuel economy and for the 2010 Model Year Lotus Exige S, Lotus has reduced the emissions to only 199 g/km CO2 and increased the fuel economy to an impressive 8.5 litres/100 km on the Official European Combined Cycle and a frugal 6.5 litres/100 km on the Official European Extra Urban Cycle.

The 2010 Model Year also sees the introduction of a few key changes to the Exige to enhance the look and improve aerodynamic performance.

A restyled front end and new larger, rear wing that not only reduces drag, but also gives a more muscular stance enhancing the lightweight shrink-wrapped look of the whole car.

The composite rear wing is based on the design from the Exige GT3 road car concept shown at the Geneva Motorshow in 2007. Compared to the 2009 Model Year Exige tailgate mounted wing it is 181 mm wider and mounted 46 mm higher and 61 mm further back. It is attached to the rear bodyshell clam via rear end plates which not only increases the stiffness of the whole structure but also ensures that as much of the airflow as possible passes over the rear wing. This careful airflow management increases stability, reduces drag and, most importantly, maintains the impressive downforce figures of 42 kg at 160 km/h.

The restyled front end includes a larger, more angular air intake mouth to help funnel more air through the radiator, to improve the efficiency of the engine system. Ahead of the front wheels on either side of the main aperture, two larger air intakes increase the airflow to the twin oil coolers. Horizontal vanes bisect these oil cooler air-intakes to stabilise the airflow to further increase the cooling efficiency.

Since the Exige S2 was launched in 2004, the power has increased from 190 hp through 220 hp to 240 hp in standard road form more for the track centric Exige Cup 260 - and the new larger air intakes improve engine cooling for these current higher powered Exige variants.

Mounted below the three new air intakes is a new aerodynamic splitter for the 2010 Model Year Exige. Made from a lightweight composite, the splitter is now extended to wrap around the whole of the front end and chiseled side lips are raised to deflect air around the tyres to reduce drag.

Mike Kimberley, Chief Executive of Group Lotus plc said, Over the years, the Lotus Exige has developed a hardcore fan base around the world and its popularity has placed it as one of the legendary sportscars of the 21st century. So far, over 5000 Exiges have been hand-built at our high-tech manufacturing facility making it a significant contributor to our global production. The lightweight Exige has one of the highest specific power outputs of any globally emissions certified car and 133 hp per litre is a perfect demonstration of Colin Chapmans philosophy of performance through light weight and of Lotus' relentless pursuit of efficiency. The same technology that makes a lightweight car a high performer also makes it efficient how many cars have performance figures of 0 100 km/h in 4.77 secs but produce only 199 g/km CO2?

Vehicle Specs
List Price $65,690
Engine 1.8-liter supercharged I-4
Horsepower 240 hp @ 8000 rpm
Torque 159 lbs-ft @ 5500 rpm
Transmission 6-speed manual
0-60 mph 4.0 seconds
Top Speed 150 mph
Weight 2077 lbs.
Length 150 in.
Tires Front:195 50 ZR16, Rear: 225/45 ZR17
 

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I see what they are doing. They are trying to make it look like a Porsche so that the Porsche guys don't feel bad as they are getting passed.
 

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And THIS is a repost for those who didn't see it:

"Blech!"

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Yes, it's a repost but it's also a test to see if the 2010 styling has grown on me. It hasn't. :(
 

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Not terrible, but I liked the old front clam better...
 

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The only one thing I like is the rear wing with larger side walls for better aerodynamics. I still hate the big egg single tip.
I agree, still like the old clam better, but got to wait to get used to the new look, maybe I'll like eventually.
 

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Isn't that just the Europa front clam with a lip on it?
 

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Any interior differences? Haven't seen any pix of that.
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Thanks for the interior shot Charlie - anyone know if it has the same seats or does it have the new seats in the 260. Given all the manufacturing problems Lotus has run into with those seats - I wouldn't think they would continue to put them in the Exige without a premium.

I cant figure out the radio from that shot - or if there is one however I see speakers.

Also looks like the AC surround is black.
 

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I think the new front end is hideous. They should have left the front end alone or gone with a streamlined design like that used on the TWRD car.
 

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Thanks for the interior shot Charlie - anyone know if it has the same seats or does it have the new seats in the 260. Given all the manufacturing problems Lotus has run into with those seats - I wouldn't think they would continue to put them in the Exige without a premium.

I cant figure out the radio from that shot - or if there is one however I see speakers.

Also looks like the AC surround is black.
The 2010 model Exige is just a facelift on the exterior with interiors remaining the same.
 

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I'm just glad there is going to be a 2010 year run.

Glad they found a better rear wing mount, the old setup was silly. Now are they still running the 2ZZ to 8,500 rpm?

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Not a fan. I think it's the wing that turns me off to it. It is still an Exige though. :shift:
 
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