The very first of the 2009 Lotus Exige S 260 models has just rolled off the assembly line in the U.K. and it features a custom Kawasaki Green paint job. The celebrity owner of the car chose the particular color after looking over three shades of lime green that Kawasaki has used over the years. Lotus was able to match the exact color because its paint supplier, Dupont, is the same company that supplies Kawasaki.
Kevin Smith, PR boss over at Lotus also told us that the car's official name will be the Lotus Exige S 260 Sport and that only 50 models will be offered with the the full carbon fiber panels and Accusump system that ensures oil pressure remains constant under extreme driving conditions.
The Exige S 260 Sport produces 257hp and 174 ft-lbs of torque and weights just 2,020 lbs. thanks to a carbon fiber front splitter, rear spoiler, roof, engine cover, side air intake ducts, sill covers and even the top of the dash.
Part of the 50-lb weight savings is also due to the use of several other lighter parts including a lightweight "motorsports" battery, lighter 12-spoke forged alloy wheels, a revised rear engine subframe, a lightweight flywheel, alloy piping for the supercharger and intercooler and a composite panel that replaces the rear window.
Unveiled at the 2008 LA Auto Show, the 2009 Exige 260 will retail for $74,995 – a small price to pay for one of the most amazing driving experiences possible.
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