2/3/2015

Automatic for the Exige

Facebook Share Icon LinkedIn Share Icon Twitter Share Icon Share by EMail icon Print Icon

With all the talk of supercars like the Ford GT and the Acura NSX, the Lotus Exige S, which was introduced in November 2013, seems to have been lost in the shuffle.

Share

Facebook Share Icon LinkedIn Share Icon Twitter Share Icon Share by EMail icon Print Icon

With all the talk of supercars like the Ford GT and the Acura NSX, the Lotus Exige S, which was introduced in November 2013, seems to have been lost in the shuffle.

E

This is a notable car in as much as its chassis is aluminum-intensive and it has a carbon-fiber body, which makes it on par with other vehicles. Its construction results in a rather mass-efficient vehicle: it weighs just 2,600 lb.

So what’s Lotus to do?

Offer the Exige S with an optional six-speed automatic transmission. Previously, the 345-hp, 3.5-liter V6 was mated to a six-speed manual.

What’s interesting about the deployment of the manual transmission is that it actually improves the performance of the car.

That is, an automatic-equipped Exige S (available in both coupe and roadster versions) reaches 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, which is 0.1 seconds quicker than the vehicle with a manual transmission.

What’s more, there is an environmental benefit, too.

The Exige S manual produces 235 grams of CO2 per km. The Exige S automatic comes in at just 222 g/km.

Fast and green(ish).


RELATED CONTENT

  • Creating a Low-Cost Chassis Architecture

    The engineers at Zenos Cars have combined recycled carbon fiber, drinking straws and aluminum to create a chassis for a low-volume sports car.

  • Engineering a Superbike

    When it comes to remarkable vehicular engineering, it is often hard to find something that is more superbly executed than a motorcycle, particularly something that is in the superbike category.

  • McLaren Senna: No Need to Say More

    At the front of the McLaren Senna there are four aero surfaces: the front splitter, active aero blades, fixed aero blades, and slot-gaps positioned between the headlights and the daytime running lights.

Resources