Driven: Lotus ExigeS 260 Sport

The 1.8-liter engine is sourced from Toyota, but the engineers in Hethel have pushed this powerplant to deliver far more energy and presence than in any Corolla. The six-speed stick allows quick shifts, but there's a surprising amount of play when directed more casually.

Some other cars offer better performance values or faster lap times, but the 260's appeal lies in its unique form that respects the nimble, light, efficient ethos of simpler times. Lotus has built just fifty samples of this Exige for North America. Whether due to the economy, the insane price, or the 260's extreme personality, Lotus dealers still have some on the lot looking for buyers - maybe you, if you're extreme enough.

The Specs
On sale: Now
Price: $76,120
Engine: 1.8L supercharged I-4, 257 hp, 174 lb-ft
Drive: Rear-wheel

Automobile Test Results

0-60 MPH 5.0 sec
0-100 mph 12.6 sec
1/4-MILE 13.8 sec @
  105 mph
30-70 MPH PASSING 5.8 sec
70-0 MPH BRAKING 155 ft
CORNERING L/R 1.00/0.95 g

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