Released in 2006, the Exige is basically a hard top version of the Elise. With an aluminum frame chemically bonded together and weighing only 150 lbs combined with a composite body and lack of occupant amenities, Lotus is able to keep the weight down to nearly that of the Elise, at around 2100 lbs. The Exige maintains the Elise's lack of daily driver civility, both in its sparse, loud interior and it's sometimes unnerving difficulty to get in and out of. However, this compact, superlight coupe is not meant to haul the kids to soccer. It is meant to carve the back roads like a knife through butter. At this, it performs magnificently. It's Toyota sourced 1.8 liter four cylinder makes 240 HP and shifted through a conventional six speed manual transmission. More than enough to pull this cars scant mass forward at supercar rates. In fact, Lotus claims that the Exige can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.1 seconds all the while registering a 22 miles per gallon fuel economy. There are some options to be had, which are placed into several packages.
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