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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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    Spy Shots: Next-gen Lotus Exige comes into focus
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    It looks like the next-generation Lotus Exige will borrow a few styling elements from the Evora. Our army of spy photographers managed to snap a closer look at the upcoming Exige successor, and the car boasts a low, wide nose borrowed from its V6 sister. In addition, the canyon-carver wears a longer roof line and extended rear that may house the same 280 ...

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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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    Spy Shots: Next Lotus Exige dons zebra stripes but can't hide
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    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 ...

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    Report: Lotus planning Exige-based rally car for Frankfurt
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    The ambition in the Hethel offices of Lotus appears to know no bounds, its road car program rivaled only by its expanding racing operations. The British automaker already participates, in one manner or another, in Formula 1, IndyCar, GP3 and GT racing. The company is also said to be working on a new LMP2 program to challenge for the second-tier Le Mans ...

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    Lotus ending production of NA-spec Elise/Exige in August
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    Lotus tells Autoblog that production of its North American-spec Elise and Exige models will cease in August. The lightweight track terror put the English automaker back on the map in the States in 2004, but a federal exemption for a lack of "smart" airbags on the sports cars is about to run out. The waiver ends this year, and combined with Toyota ...

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    Report: Lotus to phase out Toyota-powered Elise and Exige with special Final Editions
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    Lotus's supply of Toyota 2ZZ-GE engines has finally run out, meaning production of the company's highly popular Exige and Elise will come to an abrupt halt in July. To commemorate its track-day superstars' success, Lotus will send the cars off with an extremely limited number of Final Editions. With Lotus up to its axles in financial uncertainty, this ...

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    Report: Lotus to overhaul Exige, Evora ahead of Esprit production
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    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, ...

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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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    Report: Lotus terminating entire European dealer network
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    Lotus plans to reinvent itself, and in addition to a range of new products, a dealership makeover is in the cards. PistonHeads reports that Lotus CEO Dany Bahar sent out a letter to the company's European dealers informing them that their contracts will be terminated as of July, 2012. Why the long notice? The company's current contract with its dealers ...

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    Video: Wind car is almost finished! No, for real this time.
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    Remember that "wind car" we were telling you about a while back? You know, the one that started out as a Lotus Exige before being stretched and having its gasoline-drinking powertrain replaced by twin electric motors and that answers to the name of Nemesis. Well, it's almost finished. Yes, it's a bit behind schedule. Many months actually. Something to ...

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    Spy Shots: Lotus to upgrade Elise and Exige with V6 engine?
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    A Lotus Exige-based mule has again been spotted out and about wearing tacked-on fender extensions to facilitate a significantly wider track than current versions. Sources suggest that this machine is drawing power from the same Toyota-sourced 3.5-liter V6 found in the new Evora due to the fact that this particular Exige had a very similar exhaust note to an ...

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    Video: Driver dives to escape burning Exige at N-Ring 24HR
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    Looks like EVO's Roger Green won't be struggling to find an angle for his coverage of this year's 24 Hours of Nurburgring. The guy was one of three racers piloting the number 114 Lotus Exige during the race, and while it's true that there's no better seat on a race track than the one behind the wheel, Green ran into a bit of trouble on the start of his ...

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    First Drive: 2010 Lotus Evora delivers performance, civility and little concession
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    In a move that would have impressed Harry Houdini, Lotus has made one thousand pounds of vehicle mass seemingly disappear – yet we still know it's there. We're high in the mountains above San Diego, challenging corners in the 2010 Lotus Evora, and the larger and more luxurious two-plus-two is emulating the moves of its lightweight race-ready Elise ...

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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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    Lotus Evora gets a U.S. pricetag, starts at $73,200
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    Now that the new Lotus Evora has been successfully launched in Europe, it's time to start delivering the new model to U.S. Lotus dealers. Production of U.S.-spec cars will be starting shortly so Lotus has finally defined a price point for the car beginning at $73,200. For that price you get the 276-hp Toyota-sourced 3.5-liter V6 and a 6-speed gearbox. ...

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

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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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