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    New Lotus Exige S MY2010

     

    "A restyled front end and new larger rear wing based on the design of the Exige GT3 road car concept not only improves aerodynamic efficiency, but also gives a more muscular “race car for the road” appearance totally in keeping with the Exige."

    "Compared to the 2009 Model Year Exige S tailgate mounted rear wing, the revised wing is 181 mm wider and mounted 46 mm higher and 61 mm further back. It is attached to the rear bodyshell clam via end plates which not only increase the stiffness of the whole structure but also ensures that as much of the airflow as possible passes over the rear wing. This careful airflow management increases stability, reduces drag and, most importantly, maintains the impressive downforce figure of 42kg at 160km/h."

    "The restyled front end includes a larger, more angular air intake mouth to help funnel more air through the radiator, to improve the efficiency of the engine cooling system. Ahead of the front wheels on either side of the main aperture, two larger air intakes increase the airflow to the twin oil coolers. Horizontal vanes dissect these oil cooler air-intakes to stabilise the airflow to further increase the cooling efficiency."

    "With the ever increasing importance to improve the green credentials of our cars, Lotus has worked hard to improve on efficiency and fuel economy and for the 2010 Model Year Exige S, Lotus has reduced the CO2 emissions to an impressively low 199g/km and improved the fuel economy to 8.5 litres/100 km on the Official European Combined Cycle and an amazing 6.5 litres/100 km on the Official European Extra Urban Cycle. Although Lotus has managed to improve the efficiency of the MY2010 Exige S the vehicles engine calibration and power and torque characteristics remain unchanged. How many other cars can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 4.77 secs but produce only 199g/km CO2!"

    "We are please to announce that the current MY09 pricing will carry over with no change to the vehicle pricing or options. The order book for the new MY2010 Exige S will open from Monday 3rd March and production of the car will commence from May 2009."

    "Please Note: the styling changes only affect the MY2010 Lotus Exige S model, the Exige Cup 260 as unveiled at the Paris Motorshow will continue at the pinnacle of the Exige range in its current guise for the foreseeable future. MY09 Exige S orders currently in production will be unaffected by these changes."


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    Re: New Lotus Exige S MY2010

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    Re: New Lotus Exige S MY2010

    Like all Lotus cars, the functional components of the car are also beautifully
    designed as Russell Carr, Chief of Lotus Design, explains, “For 2010 we have
    taken the already visually extreme Exige and given it even more visual drama.
    The changes we have integrated into the front and rear of the Exige signal an
    even clearer and purposeful intent. The purposeful rear wing is race inspired,
    the new angular air intakes and full width splitter gives a more hard-edged and
    aggressive look. Overall, the Exige appears more planted and gives the
    illusion that both the front and rear of the car are wider than they really are
    without losing its agile and lithe character.”
    Roger Becker, Director of Vehicle Engineering said, “The changes we have
    made to the Exige for 2010 Model Year are quite subtle when taken
    individually, but taken as a complete package they make significant
    improvements to aerodynamics and the overall look of the car. The Exige is a
    classic fit-for-purpose performance machine, the design tweaks we have made
    have reduced the drag, cleaned up the airflow around the front and rear of the
    car, whilst retaining the impressive balanced downforce figures, to give an
    exciting high performance drive.”
    The specification of the highly successful 2009 Model Year Exige Cup 260,
    unveiled at the Paris Motorshow in 2008 remains unchanged.
    The 2010 Exige in more detail:
    Driver and passenger airbags are standard on all models while an on-board
    Tyre Pressure Monitoring System is standard in the USA.
    The instrument pack in the Exige contains much more than just a pair of
    stylishly back-lit dials. It also features a high-definition LCD message panel
    that can display a scrolling text message with vehicle systems information.
    The instrument pack always displays the fuel gauge, engine temperature and
    odometer, however you can to display the time, trip distance or a digital
    read-out of your speed in the opposite calibration to that of your speedometer
    dial – if your dial is in mph, the readout is in km/h.
    Warning symbols are ‘secret until lit’, keeping the instrumentation free from
    visual clutter and distraction until necessary. Gearchange ‘shift’ lights similarly
    remain hidden until required. There are three shift up warning lights,
    cumulatively lighting when the driver is getting closer to the rev limiter and
    when all three are illuminated, they flash to indicate that you should have
    changed up a gear by now!
    A “key” issue
    The Exige has a “Thatcham approved” alarm/immobiliser system and the
    ignition key incorporates the controls for the alarm/immobiliser and central
    locking functions. This key features three buttons, the one which locks the
    doors and sets the alarm/immobiliser is stylishly crowned with the famous
    Lotus roundel. The second button unlocks the doors and de-actives the
    alarm/immobiliser, and the final button is a panic alarm button.
    The contents of the Touring pack, for the Exige S includes:
    • Full leather or Microfibre suede-effect interior
    • Leather trimmed centre console
    • Leather handbrake gaiter
    • Sound system iPod* connection
    • Full carpets, with embroidered logo
    • Auxiliary driving lights (in markets where legally allowed)
    • Sound insulation kit
    • Cup holder
    The Exige S Sport pack includes:
    • Bilstein sports dampers
    • Traction control
    • Adjustable front anti-roll bar
    • T45 roll bar, with integrated harness mounts
    The Exige S Performance Pack – more punch, more ability for Exige S
    • 308 mm front cross-drilled and vented discs with AP Racing four piston
    callipers
    • Uprated front and rear brake pads
    • Full length upsized roof scoop
    • Variable slip traction control
    • Uprated clutch plate and cover
    • Uprated vehicle performance through enhanced power and torque delivery
    • Launch control
    With the Exige performance pack, the power is raised to 240 PS / 179 kW
    (minimum) at 8000 rpm courtesy of a Magnuson/Eaton M62 supercharger,
    new faster flowing injectors and higher torque clutch system and an upsized
    roof scoop to feed more air to the supercharger intercooler system.
    This hike in power, together with an increase in torque to 170 lbft / 230 Nm /
    23.5 kgm at 5,500 rpm from the standard 158.6 lbft / 215 Nm / 22 kgm at 5500
    rpm, helps whisk the Performance Pack Exige S from zero to 60mph in 4.5
    secs and 0-100km/h in 4.77 secs, and on to 100mph in 11.97 secs. Top speed
    rises to 145 mph. The power and torque of the 240 PS engine is increased
    across the rev range giving even more flexibility. Despite these high levels of
    performance the fuel economy is impressive with a new combined figure of 8.5
    litres / 100 km and 199 g/km CO2 – reduced from 9.1 litres / 100 km
    (combined) and 216 g/km CO2 for the 2009 Model Year Exige. Continuous
    engineering improvements over the last year including careful whole vehicle
    optimisation has enabled this sportscar to be even better for fuel economy and
    emissions.
    Of course the increased power and straight-line performance are only a couple
    of elements of the Performance Pack option. The clutch is uprated and a
    clutch damper fitted; there are thicker, 308mm diameter cross-drilled and
    vented discs at the front clamped by AP Racing four-piston callipers; the
    standard brake pads are replaced by uprated pads.
    Keen to pass on lessons learned on the track with the Exige GT3 racing
    programme, Lotus Sport has contributed another important track specific
    technology to the Performance Pack – launch control combined with variable
    traction control.
    From the driver’s seat the track orientated launch control allows you to
    determine the engine revs you wish to use during a standing start on the track.
    Having programmed that limit, it will not be exceeded when you then hold
    down the throttle and sidestep the clutch at departure from the line. The clutch
    damper cushions the severity of the clutch / transmission engagement to
    minimise the stresses to the drivetrain (noting that continuous abusive
    standing start applications will destroy the drivetrain components). The launch
    control also keeps wheelspin at bay until 6 mph, after which the traction control
    assumes its duties.
    As with launch control, you can dial in the amount of traction control you
    require from the driver’s seats, altering it on the move to suit driving style and
    the characteristics of particular corners. The amount of traction control can be
    varied in over 30 increments from an optimum 7 percent tyre slip to completely
    off. The message display in the new instrument pack displays what degree of
    traction control you have currently dialled in.
    The beauty of all the packs is that they can be combined so a customer can
    have the additional interior and exterior equipment from the Touring pack with
    the sport focussed equipment from the Sport pack.
    Air conditioning, Lotus traction control and limited slip differential are available
    as stand-alone options.
    Customers wanting to add further finishing touches to their Exige – such as
    specifying adjustable dampers and forged wheels can do so by ordering from
    an extensive range of accessories.
    Colours
    The Premium Colour Range has been designed to further enhance the choice
    for customers to individualise their cars. Most of the paints in this range require
    a more sophisticated application process and are from our paint supplier’s
    premium range. The paint colours in this range have been individually priced,
    and it is Lotus’ intention to extend and change this range at periodic intervals.
    The 2010 Model Year Exige S will enter the EU markets in May 2009.
    Exige S: 199 g/km CO2
    8.5 litres/100 km (33.2 mpg) Combined Cycle
    11.9 litres/100 km (23.7 mpg) Urban Cycle
    6.5 litres/100 km (43.5 mpg) Extra Urban Cycle


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