The Lotus Exige S Coupe (Series 3) is the 2011-2015 version of the Lotus Exige S sports car.
The Lotus Exige is the "middle brother" between the Lotus Elise and Evora. The Lotus Exige is a literally a hybrid between the Elise and the Evora. The front half is an Elise while the back half is an Evora. Due to its lightweight capabilites, this car is NOT allowed in the US because it cannot meet expectations during crash testing.
The Lotus Exige S is a more powerful version of the Lotus Exige (Series 3) and is equipped with a 3.5L (3,456 cc) supercharged Toyota 2GR-FE V6 from the Lotus Evora S. It is placed in the middle of the car and transversely mounted. The V6 has a bore/stroke of 94.0×83.0 mm (3.7×3.3 in) and a compression ratio of 10:1.
Power is rated at 345 hp (257 kW) at 7,000 rpm and 295 ft·lb (400 N·m) at 4,500 rpm. The Exige S uses fuel injection and has 4 valves per cylinder, with DOHC and dual VVTi.
The Exige S weighs at least 2381 lb (1080 kg) and uses a bonded aluminum monocoque chassis. The transmission used is a 6-speed EA60 manual, which delivers power to the rear wheels.
The Exige S is capable of 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) in 3.8 seconds, 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h) in 7.9 seconds, and a top speed of 170 mph (274 km/h).
Here, the Lotus Exige S Coupe is correctly named Lotus Exige S. It was only available by the completion of its own Special Event.
Prior to the Tenerife Update, the Lotus Exige S Coupe was incorrectly named the Lotus Exige S Roadster, despite that the Exige S Coupe is used in the game. As of the Tenerife Update, this has been corrected. Ghosts with the Lotus Exige S Coupe prior to the Tenerife Update still have the old name, though.
The Exige has a decent nitro efficiency of 6/12/16, very fast acceleration, decently high top speed, and very good handling; however, the Exige suffers from a wide drifting radius. The Renault Alpine Celebration acts an upgraded version of the Exige.
The Exige was one of the original Class C cars. Previously, it was the best car in Class C, dominating the competition. Despite the Audi RS 4 Avant being slightly faster and having a better nitro efficiency (5/10/15), and despite the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione being much faster, the Exige still outran both cars due to its much better handling and acceleration when compare to the Avant, and its much better acceleration and nitro efficiency (vs 10/15/20) when compared to the 8C.
However, soon after the initial game release, the SRT 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 was released. Despite possessing some of the worst drifting, handling and acceleration in the game, the Challenger featured a much higher speed than the other three cars, with a low nitro efficiency of 8/13/18 (though not the lowest). The Challenger competes with the Exige on a variety of maps; it is better for long tracks but worse for short/technical tracks.
Currently, all four cars are now useless for TLE leaderboard rewards, but they can achieve the single player time rewards in TLEs. All cars slower than these cars are incapable of achieving the time rewards.
Due to the Exige's outstanding performance for such a low price and rank, it is possibly the best starter's Class C car for Career Mode, capable of completing all normal Career Mode Seasons. It is used in a Classic race in French Guiana in Season 6: Adrenaline, as well as a Versus race against the Ford Focus RS in the Alps in Season 3: Street Rules.
The Exige, like most of the original cars, is a very poor choice for Multiplayer and is not recommended for that purpose.
As of the Motorcycles Update, the Lotus Exige S Coupe costs 44,000 to purchase (originally 38,500, then 55,000), 267,250 to MAX and 134,437 to PRO. It requires four i4 Engines in its Pro Kits, contradicting the car's use of a V6 Engine, alongside four Mid-Tech cards.