My 2d season with the '07 (1st year) Exige S. This is a pure race car on or off the track and is built around acceleration, handling and braking - it is arguably the best handling car on the road. This is why a strong driver who knows the car's capabilities can win over other high end cars both American and European. It must be understood that to arrive at the final equation of this car's performance there entailed certain cons built-in. But you must maximize the car's capabilities to overcome its modest top-end when competing with other racers. And get a Valentine 1 or be prepared to get multiple tickets or -- be prepared to ditch the 5.0 as the ol' chap found out last night - not rec.
Exterior design is both performance-wise and aesthetically stellar! Driving this car you are asking to be gawked at. It is one of the fastest accelerating cars out there with unmatched handling. This is one pure and simple monster machine designed with an "only the necessities" philosophy.
Recommend you open the doors while getting out by reaching your arm out the window and pressing the button - the door handles are possibly the weakest point of the car and my driver's side has broken twice. What is there to go wrong, really? It is a carbon fiber body with an engine and 4 wheels.
This is it. THE car I've wanted for so many years. I've had everything from a '68 Shelby GT350 to a '66 Sunbeam Tiger, even a pair of '02 Miata SEs, but this car shines above them all. The control you have is beyond anything else on the street. It's not the fastest or quickest car, but it feels like it is. It even looks fast sitting still. Everyone wants to race, talk about, touch or drive it and lots of people take pictures of it. Even kids love it. It's one of those cars that kids of all ages get to "drive" in video games, and when they see it on the street it's almost as if you're looking at a Matchbox car. It has race-car looks but you can drive it on the street... AND the track!
Looks are a 10. The 220HP supercharged engine pushes the 2077 lbs car around like a rocket. I ordered all options except the A/C delete. Track Pack, Touring Pack, Limited Slip and Traction Control. I got the Star Shield paint protection. I also ordered it in Chrome Orange so even SUVs can see me!
Changing anything on this car would take away from its character. It's hard to get in and out, but that's part of the charm. The ride is harsh, but it's not built for a cross country trip. Lotus knows how to build a great car. I just hope they can keep building them and still meet NHTSA regulations.
The 2007 Lotus Exige S is very quick and handles like its on rails. The only other car I want is a Pagani Zonda. My comments: do NOT buy this car if you want luxury. There is hardly anything inside except bare aluminum. Buy a Cayman S instead. DO buy this car if you are a real enthusiast and intend to take it to the race track on the weekends. This is a race car built by a company with Formula One heritage.
Quick acceleration out of corners and superb handling.