2010 Lotus Exige S240 Sports Mild Aerodynamic Tweaks

Form seems to follow function at Lotus, which helps explain why the cosmetic tweaks made to the 2010 Lotus Exige S240could improve the car's performance.

Designers have updated the front fascia with a larger intake, which reportedly helps improve cooling efficiency. The new front splitter has been extended to wrap around the entire hand-crafted fascia, which directs air around the tires to further reduce drag.

The rear spoiler has been redesigned for a similar reason, although Lotus says it still offers the same 93 pounds of downforce at 100 mph. We'd have to say it looks pretty good, too. It's patterned after the wing used on the Exige GT3 road car concept, and is nearly 7.1 inches wider than the previous part.

As was the case with the 2009 model, buyers can add a few extra amenities to what is otherwise a track car for the street. The $1600 touring pack adds leather seats and an iPod dock for the Alpine stereo. We think Lotus traditionalists may rather spring for the $1650 track pack, which adds adjustable Bilstein shocks with remote front reservoirs and threaded spring perches. A limited-slip differential is available for $1790.

Pricing for the tweaked Exige S240 remains consistent: Abase car will set you back $66,815, including an $1125 destination fee (which may vary depending on your location).

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