Lotus may have something special for you if you're still mourning the loss of the Exige here in the States. According to the DuPont Registry, the British sports car maker may be planning to bring the new Exige S to the U.S. as a track-only vehicle for $85,000-$90,000. If true, that means American buyers will be able to sink their teeth into the same 345-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 European buyers are enjoying right now. If you're keeping tally, that's almost 100 horsepower more than the old Exige S260, and that grunt is good for a top speed of 170 mph and a 0-60 dash of 3.8 seconds.

As you may recall, the expiration of a smart-airbag exemption given to small volume automakers as well as difficulty sourcing a new powerplant (the 1.8-liter Toyota engine used in previous models ceased production) conspired to keep the Elise and Exige from American roads after the 2011 model year.

For those interested in a track-only car, the DuPont Registry indicates American that buyers will be able to take advantage of the vehicle's Dynamic Performance Management system, which provides drivers with three traction control settings. An additional Race Pack system may also bow with the vehicle, providing handy tools like launch control and suspension settings pre-dialed for most tracks.

Sounds like fun.


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      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 3 Years Ago
      They couldn't find a replacement to a 1.8L 4cyl that has been around in various forms for years? The market is flush with good 4cyl from Japan, US, Korea, Europe, yet they couldn't find one? Hopefully they can fix the airbag issue in the next few years and get back over here.
        flammablewater
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        The Exige sertainly deserves a bit more power, being the more hardcore of the two siblings, but for an Elise, the 2.0 boxer in the GT86 would have been good, or Hyudai's 2.0T, or Ford's 2.0 EcoBoost. Maybe Honda's 2.4 from the Si, or BMW's 2.0T or Audi/WV's 2.0T. I'd take an Elise with any of those engines.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @flammablewater
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      BShoppy
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.
      Carlos Cruz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, I was confused there for a second, at first I thought this was another AB article on that company from Texas that sells those crappy, expensive rebadged Lotus vehicles, but then I saw the Lotus badge.... are my eyes playing tricks on me? Finally an actual article about a Lotus, not that car from Texas. Keep them coming!
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Carlos Cruz
        Again, as I've explained to your moronic face before, the Hennessey Venom GT has absolutely no relation to the Lotus Exige except for the looks and the cabin area. The rest is bespoke. In order for a car to be a rebadge, it has to have a different badge from another manufacturer and relate to the car it's based on by everything mechanical and the chassis it is based on. Perfect example of this is the new Scion FR-S/Toyota GT-86/Subaru BRZ.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      kaneda
      • 3 Years Ago
      So basically they will sell 5 next year. Lotus just doesn't get it. The Elise/Exige is a nice car, and should cost NO MORE than 45K. The thing is tiny and asking 90K for it is a complete joke. I hate Lotus' inability to properly market/sell cars here. Go on EBAY, nothing buy 75K Exige's selling for 40K.
      karlInSanDiego
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lotus is growing the cost and size of their cars dramatically. Continuing to have relatively inexpensive Elise/Exige sharing showroom space with Evora and the new models is counter to where they want to go. BTW, drive a 1.8 Elise/Exige before you presume it isn't quick or powerful enough. Fun and a handful just as it is. Then there are lots of supercharger options to make it quicker. The expiring DOT exemption was for front bumper/headlights. You can read about it at sandsmuseum.com search fed exemption sandsmuseum.com/cars/elise/thecar/body/fedexemption.html
        G_Rock
        • 3 Years Ago
        @karlInSanDiego
        I'm sort of glad to see the exemption was for front bumper/headlights. If it were actually for not having smart airbags, that's ridiculous. I hate laws that try to protect me from myself. I'd know the risks involved with driving a car like this if I were to buy one. If we weren't such a litigious country, we could have a lot more nice things.
      EG
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder how hard (and how expensive) it would be to drop that V6 into my 1.8L Exige?
      zackwatt
      • 3 Years Ago
      MUST HAVE!!!
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