Rain doesn't stop your local postal worker, and it clearly won't stop spy photographers. Ignoring the weather, our long-lens workers caught Lotus engineers testing the next generation Exige in the wet. To better blend in with the larger Evora, this Exige prototype wears a redesigned nose akin to its slightly more refined sibling. The car also appears longer thanks to the reworked tail.

Rumor has it that the next Exige will be offered with the same choice of powerplants as the Evora. That means a 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 for the standard car, and a 350-horsepower supercharged mill for the S variant. Excellent.

We don't doubt that our spies will be sticking around to see if the camo comes off, so stay tuned for more.


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      • 3 Years Ago
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        Quen47
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yes because Lotus has really been struggling to move Elises, and Tesla can't build enough cars. Oh wait, its actually exactly the opposite!
        bananahammock93
        • 3 Years Ago
        You still here?
        QAZZY
        • 3 Years Ago
        Too bad you can't 'add lightness' with an electric powertrain.. Try again.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        Lotus is going heavy and brutish if they slap a Camry 6 in place of a blown 4 into the diminutive Elise. By making it electric, it would be fuckin obese! It would take the Go Kart theme too far by instead of being like a fire breathing 125cc shifter kart, it would become like one of those ones at the mall for five year olds that dont do more than 10mph. If lotus made their staple track roadster electric, they would alienate their car enthusiast key demographic (no manual transmission as well) and then go bankrupt and die.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
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        TJH_
        • 3 Years Ago
        eat sh1t and die
        Kris Dimitroff
        • 3 Years Ago
        Check my opinion on EVs here in the comments http://www.autoblog.com/2011/08/04/nissans-reponse-to-top-gear-here-have-two-charge-point/ It's not all daises with EVs. Actually I bet my left nut that the current Lotus Elise pollutes less than Nissan Leaf.
      soundbargaming
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ooh I wonder if I can get it with an all electric option with instant on and tidal wave of torque! Oh wait...I'll just buy the Tesla Roadster version of this Lotus.
        tinted up
        • 3 Years Ago
        @soundbargaming
        Tesla is going to shutter it's doors before too long. The douchebag that started the company has moved on to other ventures in which he can suck investors dry.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @soundbargaming
        Pity the Tesla costs exactly twice as much and is 600lb heavier. If there were an electric equivalent to an Exige that didnt cost and weigh so much more, it would be bloody impressive, especially if it had enough range for a trackday, the natural home of Lotus.
      graphikzking
      • 3 Years Ago
      WHY ARE THEY GOING WITH A V6??? There are so many options out there for turbo 4's. Toyota seems to be the only damn company without one! Dodge (caliber) srt4 engine is nice. Hyundai Sonata Turbo 4 Ford Explorer Turbo 4 VW Turbo 4 GM (Regal) Turbo 4 It's not just that a v6 is heavier, but it will also make the engine bay more cramped. I understand a 4cyl may be longer since it technically inline, but a v6 will definately be a lot larger. I've seen V6 toyota motor cramped into the mr2 spyder and boy is it tight in there. There is no way they would produce one factory like that without lengthening the engine bay and widening it a little as well. Too many options for turbo4's that produce in excess of 260hp. I don't see why they do go forced induction. I guess they want a better torque curve? That's the only advantage really. That's ashame because they could easily go Ecotec 4cyl turbo and get 270hp stock and 290hp stage1; 300+ on a simple tune/downpipe with GM parts. Hell even Ford could do it with SVT parts catalog if they wanted. Lotus has a golden opportunity here because there are so many options out there for them. I think it's time they cut ties with Toyota. (I own 3 toyota's but honestly they don't produce performance products anymore and their 4cyl engines are not up to Ford, GM, Hyundai - which is crazy to think that just 5 years ago they were ahead of all of those companies.)
        Kris Dimitroff
        • 3 Years Ago
        @graphikzking
        All those engines you mentioned are the worst possible choice for Exige. A tractor engine revs higher. Toyota's old engine was designed by Yamaha and is by far better suited for pseudo racing sports car. The only problem is that it's not very clean they can't make it to meet Euro 5. If you ask me the best option would be Lotus to develop engine by themselves. I'm thinking 2 litres, low pressure turbo or supercharger, revving up to 9000rpm and somehow making over 300bhp and meeting Euro 5. LOL Good luck with that! I have Elise with Honda K20 engine (from Civic Type R) which is NA and makes 300hp, but I don't think it meats any of the Euros :D So with forced induction how hard can it be? LOL
          David
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Kris Dimitroff
          How many 2 litre 4 cylinder NA engine produce 300 hp?
          Krishan Mistry
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Kris Dimitroff
          2 liters revving to 9000rpm would probably produce 300hp without forced induction and if there were, max power would be at 7-8K.
        Ducman69
        • 3 Years Ago
        @graphikzking
        The ONLY advantage you can think of for a naturally aspirated engine over a low compression high boost smaller displacement setup is torque? Really? TURBO LAG! I have a variable vane setup in my Ford Focus, which is relatively high compression and low boost, and yet it still doesn't come close to the precise throttle response you get in my naturally aspirated Corvette. Its simply physics, the naturally aspirated higher compression engine will be more exacting allowing you to instantly make and perceive minute changes in throttle. Try drifting a turbo compared to a NA car for example, you can balance the NA car all day but the turbo requires quite a bit of experience to hold it for long. And a naturally aspirated V6 is not necessary heavier or larger. Inline four engines are longer and taller than V6s, and they require extra space for the exhaust to the turbocharger as well as the duct work to lead to the intercooler and back. For a track car, a high revving V6 is a no-brainer.
          Matthew
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ducman69
          yeah, but now your comparing a ford focus to a corvette. my NA ford focus has dinosaur acceleration compared to my NA Mustang GT. everything else i agree with. i had an SRT4 neon that was turbo'd and it took half a second to reach the 20psi it was capable of. by the way..drifting a focus?
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Kris Dimitroff
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm exited about more power, but pleas let it be from high revving, racing alike beast, not that old people's sedan alike, dull V6.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kris Dimitroff
        Something that can be found under the hood of a Toyota Sienna and Camry should not be the motivation behind a Lotus, especially if it is largely stock like in the Evora. 273hp is a bit weak for a 3.5L v6 in a 2011 Camry. It is downright embarassing in a 2011 Lotus.
      kdspaul
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hells Yeah, V6, a lotus tuned V6. Dont know what you guys are talking about. I'd jump and get a factory fitted v6 lotus track car.
      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm disappointed by the V6, I hope that rumor is incorrect. It's okay in the Evora, which is a larger, heavier 'people's Lotus', but the Exige is a lightweight track monster that needs a lightweight inline four.
        Ducman69
        • 3 Years Ago
        @QAZZY
        A V6 means there are six cylinders in a V configuration... that's it. There are some very large and heavy inline and flat four engines, especially when you consider all the space the duct work takes for a decent turbocharger, and add the weight of that plus the space needed for an intercooler up front. A V6 could potentially be lighter and smaller. Take for example the LS7, it is a V8, yes, but it is the weight of your average V6 and while it displaces 7.0 liters it is an extremely compact design since its bored and stroked to its limited and OHV and thus allows it to sit front mid-engine tucked completely back behind the front axle with a very low hoodline... just see how tiny it is next to even a 4.6 liter Ford Mustang V8. Next factor in that while it may not matter for a drag car, throttle response is very important for a track car, and a naturally aspirated engine is far superior to even variable vane turbocharger setups. The Lotus never benefited from being underpowered, and a high revving high ouput compact light V6 would do anything but harm the fun-factor of the car.
          QAZZY
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ducman69
          I realize you can have larger displacement, but smaller and lighter engines, but I hope you read the 'lightweight' part. The V6 in question is 359 lbs, compared to the 246 lbs 2ZZ-GE used in the Exige.
      Dennis Baskov
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it just me or the Exige got a big bigger?!
      third3ye82
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dear God, please let it be a V6 and please let it be street legal. Considering that Lotus has exhausted its source of 2ZZ engines, assuming this makes it to a production version, it will certainly have a different powerplant from the current S2s.
      GSRDGDF SGFSFG
      • 3 Years Ago
      1 This all depends on the actual finish you put on the doors..not the whitewash itself..the whitewash is the stain that is used to give it it's effect..( http://www.gotradebiz.com/ )
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      Ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is this model supposed to be the stop gap until the all new Elise concept bows in 2015? Or are all of those models that were presented a year ago dead and gone?
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