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2009 Lotus Exige Cup 260 – Click above for high-res image gallery

It's no secret that Lotus has monumental plans in the coming years, announcing no fewer than four new models at the 2010 Paris Motor Show that it says will gradually roll out over the next several years. But there's no denying that the British firm's current level of success was built on the excellence that is the Lotus Elise, Exige and, most recently, Evora.

That being the case, we're hoping that a report from Autocar in the UK is accurate and that Lotus has plans to overhaul the Exige and give the Evora a heavily updated interior before the Esprit goes into production in late 2012. We certainly wouldn't expect wholesale changes to either machine – engineering budgets are surely being diverted elsewhere – but a little something to keep its current models fresh in the eyes of consumers would go a long way towards bridging the gap between the present and the Ferrari-fighting future.


2010 Lotus Exige Cup 260
  • 2010 Lotus Exige Cup 260
  • 2010 Lotus Exige Cup 260
  • 2010 Lotus Exige Cup 260
  • 2010 Lotus Exige Cup 260
  • 2010 Lotus Exige Cup 260
  • 2010 Lotus Exige Cup 260
  • 2010 Lotus Exige Cup 260

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I have a feeling that we're just going to see an Exige final edition with the new Elise face and up to 300hp. We might be seeing a revamp of the face on the Evora.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I gotta get my act together and pick up an Exige before they're put to pasture next year!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish Evora had that Exige's front bumper cover, with three prominent, more angular than oval intakes.

      Also, either a blacked out or transparent roof panel. Maybe a removable targa panel. When the roof is body-color, it exaggerates how short the windows are.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Will I be able to sit in the revamped car? I literally could not bend my 6' 1" frame into any position that allowed me to enter the interior of this car.

      I was bummed!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know everyone was raving about the new bodies Lotus displayed at the auto show, but I'm still gonna hold fast and say that this current style is awesome. I would love to own one of these some day. The styling is just so unique and eye-catching. It looks like nothing else on the road (besides an Elise). That's not to say that the new styles don't look good, but I'm really a fan of this currently styling.

      Hopefully I'll be able to find one of these some years down the road because it'd be a dream to own one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm excited to see the new generation of Lotus vehicles! They're freakin gorgeous. They will probably be bigger and crammed full of gadgets, but I understand that they will need to be in order to compete with bigger high performance brands. That being said, it is sad to watch the current models die.

      It's not just the lightness that I love about these cars, it's the simplicity. The Elise doesn't need to be big, so they made it small (like, really small). It doesn't need a million techie gadgets to be an exhilarating car, so the interior is relatively bare bones. Given the small size and light weight, it doesn't need a lot of power to go fast, so they used a Toyota inline 4. Since it's small, simple, and uses a ubiquitous motor, the Elise is pretty cheap. It's a brilliant equation. Getting the same driving experience for the same price will be much more difficult after these models are gone.