The first thing you need to know is that this is the Lotus Exige S Roadster, unchanged from the Exige S even in price and officially the fastest convertible Lotus has ever made. The second thing you need to know is that if you live in the US, you won't be getting this car.

Now that that's out of the way, the lack of a roof, rear wing and front splitter help make it 22 pounds lighter than the coupe, coming in a 2,565 pounds, and the supercharged 3.5-liter V6 in this topless blossom discharges 345 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. For historical comparison with a non-convertible, those numbers nearly match the 2004 Lotus Esprit V8 Final Run edition - which had twin Garrett turbochargers. Yet the Exige S gets from a stoplight to 60 miles per hour in 3.8 seconds, nearly a full second quicker than that Esprit. Fair play, though, the Esprit did weigh 3,040 pounds.

It will be fitted with a six-speed manual only, and cost 52,900 pounds ($79,667 US), 55,378 euros ($71,404 US) or 8,500,000 yen ($82,078 US), depending on where you live. Here in the US we'll be sticking with the track-only Exige V6 Cup and Cup R models. The press release below offers more on the fine points.
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Get ready for the fastest ever Lotus convertible!

22 May 2013 -- This summer the critically acclaimed Lotus Exige S loses its roof and gains a new character. As capable as its coupe counterpart, the Exige S Roadster retains all the intent of a race-bred sports car but also possesses the poise of a sleek convertible.

Sitting alongside the Exige S, Exige Cup and Exige Cup R, the Exige S Roadster completes the Exige line-up and enhances the track focused collection by providing a new facet to the range. Powered by the same 3.5L V6 as the coupe variants and weighing in at 10kg less than the Exige S at 1166kg, none of the exhilarating performance of the phenomenal Exige range is compromised, yet the driver is only 'two clicks and a roll' away from cruising in open-top style thanks to the lightweight, factory-fitted soft top.

Achieving 0-60 mph from standing in 3.8 seconds, delivering 345 hp at 7,000 rpm (350 PS) and 295 lb. ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm, the Roadster matches the coupe's mechanical performance and retains its £52,900 price tag, but style takes an understated approach having shed its rear wing and front splitter to maximize airflow over its sleek silhouette.

The introduction of the new Exige to the Lotus product range has provided a new opportunity for the Norfolk based sports car brand to expand and strengthen its production resource, generating new jobs and opportunities for skilled individuals who want to be part of the Lotus story.

The Exige S Roadster is the perfect car for a 'joy' ride; what better way is there to enjoy the panoramic views of the world's most beautiful roads than when they are enhanced by the purposeful roar of a V6 soundtrack and to feel the wind in your hair and sun on your skin?

Exige S Roadster is now available to order with the full list of options and extras as available on the Exige S coupe, with the extra interior option of quilted leather seats and door trim details.

The Exige S Roadster at a glance:
· Max Power 345 hp (350 PS) at 7,000 rpm
· Max Torque 295 lb. ft. (400 NM) at 4,500 rpm
· 0 – 60 mph 3.8 seconds
· 0 – 100 km/h 4.0 seconds
· Max Speed 145 mph (233 km/h)*
· Weight 1166 kg

The Exige S Roadster in more detail:
Engine: Mid-mounted, transverse 3.5-liter DOHC V6 VVTi, 24-valve equipped with Harrop HTV 1320 Supercharger.

Transmission: 6-speed manual with sports ratios only from launch. Paddle shift options for Exige S Roadster will be considered subject to demand.

Suspension: Fully independent double wishbone suspension with front and rear anti-roll bar. Bilstein high performance gas dampers and Eibach coaxial springs.

Braking & Dynamic systems:
· AP-Racing four-piston calipers, ventilated and cross drilled rotors.
· Lotus / BOSCH Developed ABS/ESP system.
· Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA).
· Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD).
· Cornering Brake Control (CBC).
· Lotus Dynamic Performance Management (Lotus DPM).

Wheels & Tyres: Lightweight cast alloy wheels (17" front and 18" rear) clad with Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tyres.

Pricing: Prices below are an illustration of pricing structures in selected markets only.
Exige S and Exige S Roadster
UK (incl VAT) - £52,900 GBP
EU (Excl Taxes) - € 55,378 Euros
Japan (Inc Taxes) - ¥8,500,000 YEN

The Exige V6 Cup and Exige V6 Cup R Lotus Racing variants are available in North America for track use only. The Exige V6 Cup is priced from $98,950 for the base model and the Exige Cup R from $109,950 (both prices excluding the $1,500 destination charges).

Fuel consumption for Exige S is – urban 19.5 mpg – 14.5 litres / 100km, extra urban 37.2 mpg – 7.6 litres / 100km, combined – 28.0 mpg – 10.1 litres / 100km. CO2 emissions 236 g CO2 / km.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 2 Years Ago
      In its old age this car has really gotten to a beauty AND of course, a performer. I wish the US gov could make exceptions for low sales models like this and say Morgan.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Strange that autoblog would not at least make passing mention that the reason that there are no more Elise or Exige in the US is due to the expiration of the waivers for headlight height, bumper height, and some other safety regulations.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Hey, he already Googled V8 Esprit specs. You expect TWO areas of research?
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      That blows, this is nice.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm confused now. The Exige was the coupe version of the Elise convertible, but now they are making an Exige convertible? Isn't that just an Elise again?
        Michael D. Mitchell
        • 2 Years Ago
        The Elise is no longer in production. This new Exige is considerably larger (~500 lbs. or so) than its predecessor, but also makes a good deal more power. The Exige hardtop went on sale first, and now the roadster version is being introduced.
      Ae Neuman
      • 2 Years Ago
      sucks indeed. the new v6 exige is a superb car. its only drawback is getting in and out of the car. the roadster appears to have that problem licked.
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a beauty.... /sigh
      • 2 Years Ago
      Billy Seroyer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why I feel like this car would sell really well in the US.
      • 2 Years Ago
      It won't make me love the V8 Esprits any less.
        • 2 Years Ago
        My fav is still the S4s. Had one for 6 years. It's still the only car I miss.
          • 2 Years Ago
          US never got the S300. The S4s had the engine updates but not the limited slip (which I added), engine bay brace (not practical to add), or lighter body panels (ditto). If it wasn't for the glass trans axle, the v8 esprits could have been 500+HP cars when the 355 Ferrari was making 375.
          • 2 Years Ago
          oooooooooh! Those were cool. Was it the Sport 300? Wasn't there a prototype running around of the Esprit with the ZR-1 motor into? For the mid 1990s, how incredibly badass would that have been?
      • 2 Years Ago
      If only Tesla came out with the 2014 Tesla Model R.....I mean Roadster
      • 2 Years Ago
      Driving a Lotus is like driving a go-cart. You feel every twig you run over.
      • 2 Years Ago
      This sucks... Why can't they just send a couple through the crash test and sell this car here? I love my exige and think this is a PERFECT successor. They would have much better luck selling this here over there current evora.
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