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Review: 2009 Lotus Exige S 260 offers even more power and lightness

Over its 61-year history, Lotus Cars has spent a considerable amount of time clawing its way back from the brink of insolvency. The company's most recent bout with financial disrepair came in the early Nineties after the front-wheel-drive Elan proved a commercial failure (surprise!) and the Esprit toiled away in the shadows of newer, more powerful supercars. As hope for the historic marque's triumphant return began to fade, a group of Lotus engineers pooled their collective will to create an all-new, back-to-basics model that would revive Colin Chapman's company and give hardened... Read More

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    Geneva: Lotus pops the top on Exige S Roadster
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    With the Elise slowly shuffling off this mortal coil, Lotus needs another slinky soft-top to fill out its lineup. In the run-up to the Geneva Motor Show, we assumed that would be a convertible version of the Evora, but we were wrong. This is the Lotus Exige S Convertible, which begs the question: What took 'em so long? The only thing that separates the ...

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    Frankfurt: Lotus Exige R-GT looks Group B fantastic for the modern era
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    Lotus has continually stated that it has big plans for the future. One of those being a return to the rallying world, and it will do just that with the all-new Lotus Exige R-GT. Sitting on the Frankfurt floor, the R-GT evokes visions of classic rally cars while also providing a showcase of Lotus' current and future styling. The car will compete in the ...

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    Video: Lotus teaser for Frankfurt. What the F... indeed.
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    Lotus is getting ready to put on a show in Frankfurt, and the automaker has released a teaser video to provide some insight into its auto show plans. Apparently Lotus has hired a David Lynch wannabe to direct it's latest video, because we're not exactly sure what's going on here. We don't even know if Lotus knows what's happening in the video. We do know ...

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    Monterey: Lotus Exige Matte Black Final Edition makes stealthy debut
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    Another day in Monterey, another debut from Lotus. Yesterday evening, the British sports car maker unveiled the stunning Evora GTE Road Car Concept, and earlier today pulled the wraps off the Exige Matte Black Final Edition, a special model reserved exclusively for the North American market. This isn't the first time that Lotus has introduced a ...

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    Official: Lotus presenting Evora GTE concept and matte black Exige in Monterey
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    Monterey weekend is almost upon us, boys and girls. The event at Pebble Beach is consistently packed year-in, year-out with mouthwatering classics, record-breaking auctions, historic automobile races and even a few new vehicle debuts. And this year, Lotus has some big plans. No, it's not about to unveil six new concepts at once like it did at the Paris ...

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    LA 2010: 2011 Lotus Exige SC RGB Edition
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    The people behind Lotus never cease to amaze. Case in point: Roger Becker. The former vehicle engineer ended his 44-year run with the automaker this past February after being instrumental in some of Lotus' most influential cars. After proving to be a superior engineer and driver, Lotus founder Colin Chapman plucked Becker from the Elan assembly line in ...

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    LA 2009: Lawsuit-happy U.S. kills chances for Lotus Exige Scura, but we'll get something similar
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    We had a chance to chat with Lotus USA spokesman Kevin Smith at the LA Auto Show and he shared a bit of news with us. He confirmed that while we unfortunately won't be getting the limited edition Exige Scura/Stealth that debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show, we will will get something close. The problem is the special matte black paint on the Scura. We ...

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    Tokyo 2009: Lotus Exige Stealth, complete with soft-touch paint
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    Lotus has unveiled the latest special edition of its maximum performance, minimum everything else Exige today at the Tokyo Motor Show. We took a moment to check out the Exige Stealth (known as the Scura in Europe) on the show floor and managed to curry some time with Lotus vehicle development director Roger Becker. The new model gains a set of comely ...

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    Tokyo Preview: Lotus Exige Scura and Stealth cross over to dark side
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    Depending on where you live, you might be able to get a new 2010 Lotus Exige Stealth or 2010 Lotus Exige Scura, but not both, and neither unless you get crackin'. In anticipation of its official coming out party at the Tokyo Motor Show, Lotus just dropped the deets on a new special edition blacked out Lotus Exige alternatively known as the Stealth or ...

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    Frankfurt 2009: Lotus Elise Club Racer and Exige Cup 260 give us that special feeling
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    Another show, another pair of special editions from Lotus. This time around it's the Elise Club Racer and the Exige Cup 260, two lightweight specials based on the company's core product range. We brought you details and photos of both a few weeks ago in the ramp-up to the show, but stopped by to have a closer look at the pair while we were there ...

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    Geneva 2009: Lotus touts efficiency of new 2010 Exige S
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    "The same technology that makes a lightweight car a high performer also makes it efficient – how many cars have performance figures of 0 - 100 km/h in 4.77 secs but produce only 199 g/km CO2?" That question was posed by Mike Kimberley, Chief Executive of Group Lotus plc, and he's got a point. As part of its ongoing quest to shave weight, Lotus has ...

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    Geneva 2008: Newest Lotus Exige 270E will run on anything
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the Lotus Exige 270E Tri-FuelWe posted about this latest Exige a couple of days ago and just saw it in Geneva. Not a lot different on the outside really besides the paint scheme that helps us remember that this is in fact a Tri-Fuel capable Exige 270E. Even the inside has the green and yellow stripe motif slathered ...

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    Geneva '08 Preview: Lotus goes tri-fuel with Exige 270E
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the Lotus Exige 270E Tri-FuelWhile assorted activists, politicians and random individuals carry on about the spectres of global warming, imported oil, CO2 emissions and other issues that combine to create timetable-free doomsday scenarios, there are people working on potential solutions that do not involve us driving ...

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    Geneva '08: Lotus Exige 270E Tri-Fuel runs on gas, ethanol and methanol
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    Click the Exige for a high-res gallery var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/autos/Gas_E85_or_Methanol_Lotus_Exige_270E_tri_fuel_sports_car'; Back in mid-2006, Lotus unveiled a flex-fuel E85-capable Exige 265E that was being used as a technology demonstrator. Lotus has used the 265E to learn about optimizing the performance and efficiency of ethanol and ...

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    LA 2007: Lotus blossoms from Elise/Exige to Eagle to Esprit
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    Large high-res gallery of all of the Lotus models available by clicking aboveThis week in LA, veteran Lotus development engineer Roger Becker told the assembled press about the changes we'll see in the Elise and Exige for 2008. He also talked a bit about some of the changes happening at the factory and even gave us some info about new models in the ...

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    SEMA 2007: Carbon Fiber Exige adds lightness
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    Click image for high-res gallery from SEMAThe Lotus Elise and Exige are great little cars that personify Colin Chapman's original edict to maintain a light weight in order to allow maximum performance. Weighing in at under 2,000 pounds, they feature Toyota (or Honda) motors putting out around 200 HP, but still offer supercar acceleration and handling. Well, ...

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    Geneva Motor Show: Live shots of the Lotus Exige GT3
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    Click the image for our live gallery. var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/tech_news/Live_shots_of_the_Lotus_Exige_GT3'; Is it possible to make the Exige any more purposeful? Lotus Sport answered that question with a resounding "Yes!" when they debuted the Lotus Exige GT3 concept last week in Geneva. Although only billed as a concept, the GT3 may see ...

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    Geneva Motor Show: Lotus unleashes Exige GT3 Concept
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    click image for two desktop-sized sketches of the carGeneva show-goers are in for a treat courtesy of Lotus. Well, Lotus Sport actually. Lotus Sport is the racing arm of Lotus and they used their GT3 race version of the Exige as a template to fashion an Exige GT3 concept for the street. Sure it's just a concept for now, but it is likely to go into limited ...

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    Lotus Sport launches in U.S. with two new cars
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    Lotus Sport, the competition subsidiary of the British marque that produces the lightweight Elise, has been around since 1999. Until now, however, North American customers were left with few options when customizing their Elise for track use. The announcement that Lotus Sport would be now be operating in North America came at the New York Auto Show last ...

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