It was reported recently that Volkswagen has plans of buying Lotus’ parent company, Proton. According to a report by Reuters, VW failed to make a tie-up with Proton in 2007. Thus, it might seek for a minority holding in the UK sports car maker or a controlling stake. There were also claims that the German automaker was considering another bid for Proton. Meanwhile, VW spokesperson Eric Felber declined to comment about the report.
On the other hand, the speculations didn’t keep the British car maker from making news for itself. In fact, its much-awaited Lotus Exige S V6 hit the road last Thursday in Hethel, Norfolk in United Kingdom.
Under the Hood: Lotus Exige S V6
The Lotus Exige S V6 uses a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 from Toyota. This gives the car 345 horsepower at 7,000 revolutions per minute and 295 pound-foot of torque. That’s connected to a close-ratio, six-speed manual transmission. The combination also makes it ideal for a 3.8-second run to a 60 mph and a 170 mph top speed.
It also has an all-new aerodynamic package developed with the help of Lotus’ ride-and-handling team at the Hethel test track. The car also features Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires, as well as a raised rear spoiler for high-speed grip.
Moreover, with the Lotus Dynamic Performance Management, drivers can choose from three driving modes: touring, sport, and off. If the optional Race Pack is specified, the Exige S V6’s system will have a fourth mode that provides maximum traction, a launch-control function, and a track-optimized suspension setup.
Suspension parts consist of high-performance Bilstein gas shocks, front and rear Eibach springs, and an antiroll bar that stretches across the front end’s strut towers.
Price and Availability
Unfortunately, the Lotus Exige S V6 won’t be coming to the United States. That’s because it only has smart airbags, and not the advanced smart airbags required in the U.S. On the other hand, the British car manufacturer will send about 25 Exige S Cup cars in the country every year. These vehicles will serve as track-only options for the Lotus Cup Series teams and other racers. The said models will be race-ready, and it will feature roll cage, HANS racing seat, racing harness, fire suppression system, and electrical cut-off switch.
The Lotus Exige S V6 will cost about $100,000 and will be available in UK and European dealers soon.
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