It's hard for me to fathom why you'd need something more extreme than an Elise or Elise SC, and with a $30,000 premium, this Exige seems even more outrageous. But the phenomenal thrust of the S 260 proves that this car can easily justify its price tag to the hardcore few that might want it.
While Phil is right that a Caterham may be the only true competitor to this Lotus, there are a lot of very appealing cars you can purchase for around $80,000 including the Nissan GT-R, Porsche 911, and Chevrolet Corvette Z06. I have to say that I would take any of those three cars for their greater usability over the Exige S 260. Even if you can register it, insure it, and drive it on the streets, it's just too out of place anywhere but the track.
Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor