2008 Lotus Exige Trims and Specs

Original MSRP: $61,000
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning · Single front air conditioning zones
Airbags Dual front airbags
Audio System Single disc in-Dash CD · Alpine premium brand · AM/FM radio · 4 Total Speakers
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Electronic brakeforce distribution · Front brake diameter: 11.5 · Front brakes: ventilated disc · Rear brake diameter: 11.5 · Rear brakes: ventilated disc
Comfort Features Center console trim: alloy · Dash trim: alloy · Door trim: alloy · Floor Mat Material: carpet · Floor Mats: front · Shift knob trim: alloy · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Multi-function remote: keyless entry · Power outlet(s): 12V front
Driver Seat Manual adjustments: 2
Exterior Features Rear spoiler
Headrests Front headrests: integrated, adjustable · Number of front headrests: 2
Instrumentation Clock · Tachometer · Warnings and reminders: low fuel level, tire fill alert
Lights Daytime running lights · Front fog lights
Passenger Seat Manual Adjustments: 2
Safety Emergency interior trunk release · Impact sensor: post-collision safety system
Seatbelts Seatbelt pretensioners: front
Seats Front seat type: sport · Upholstery: cloth
Security Anti-theft alarm system: remote · Engine immobilizer · Power door locks
Stability and Traction Traction control
Suspension Front Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Front Spring Type: coil springs · Front Suspension Classification: independent · Front Suspension Type: double wishbones · Rear Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Rear Spring Type: coil springs · Rear Suspension Classification: independent · Rear Suspension Type: double wishbone · Stabilizer bar(s): front
Tires Tire Pressure Monitoring System · Type: performance
Tires and Rims Wheels: painted alloy
Windows Front wipers: variable intermittent · Power windows
Price $61,000 MSRP
Body Style Coupe
Engine 1.8L 220 hp I4
Seating 2
Fuel Economy
20MPG city
26MPG highway
Drivetrain RWD

Price

MSRP$61,000
Invoice

Transmission

Drivetrain RWD
6-Speed Manual
Fuel Economy
20MPG city
26MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side Airbags--
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain Airbags--
ABS BrakesStandard

Amenities

Sunroof/Moonroof--
Air ConditioningStandard
Leather SeatsOptional
Power SeatsPassenger: Standard
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, CD Player

Engine

1.8L 220 hp I4
Power 220 hp @ 8,000 RPM
Torque 159 lb-ft @ 5,500 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating2 seats
Fuel Tank Volume10.6 gal
Front Legroom--
Back Legroom--
Wheelbase90.5 in
Length149.5 in
Width68 in
Height45.6 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume4 cu ft
The 2007 Exige S carries over for 2008 with the addition of a new gauge cluster with trip computer as standard equipment. The Elise and the Exige (pronounced ex-seej, "challenging" in F... Read More
The 2007 Exige S carries over for 2008 with the addition of a new gauge cluster with trip computer as standard equipment. The Elise and the Exige (pronounced ex-seej, "challenging" in French), both first introduced in 2006, share an extruded aluminum frame and "a family resemblance." However, every Exige body panel, except the doors, is different from the Elise's.
The Exige S gets the same engine as the new Elise SC. Yamaha builds the 1.8-liter Toyota engine using its variable cam/valve technology. A Roots-type supercharger producing 7.3 psi of boost is added. Its intercooler mounts atop the engine completely blocking the rear view, while an air scoop built into the Exige's fixed roof feeds in the cool air. The engine spins out 218 hp at 8,000 rpm with 80% of its maximum 156 lb.-ft. of torque produced at just over 2,000 rpm. Lotus gives a 4.1 second 0-60 time and 11 seconds for 0-100 with 150 mph as the top speed. Yet, with all this performance, Lotus claims 20/26 mpg for gas mileage.
Standard equipment on all Exiges: an ABS system with Lotus/AP Racing and Brembo calipers with ventilated/cross-drilled brakes, forged alloy wheels (16-inch front and 17-inch rear) with Yokohama Advan Neova ultra-performance tires, Bilstein dampers and Eibach springs, power windows and locks, a leather-trimmed Momo steering wheel, an anti-theft system with engine immobilizer, an aluminum handbrake and shift knob, a four-speaker Alpine stereo with CD player, and black cloth ProBax anatomically designed seats, which are said to improve blood flow to the legs and negate the need for an adjustable lumbar.
Weighing in at only 2,077 pounds, reviewers all noted the Exige's rather spartan interior. This is a driver's car; there's even a checkbox on the order form to skip the air-conditioning to save weight. After all, full floor carpeting and a cupholder are part of the Touring Pack option package, which also includes a thermal and sound-insulated soft top, full leather seat and door trim, a leather-trimmed center console, an iPod connector, and "additional sound insulation." Minimal safety equipment - beyond the car's handling and braking capabilities - includes driver and passenger airbags. There is also a Track Pack that adds even more race course refinement in the form of adjustable dampers and spring perches.
Reviewers are enthusiastically unanimous in their raves for the handling, braking, and steering of the Exige line. AutoWeek's comments are typical: "That means the Exige beats everything we've tested in the nimbleness and tossability category, including Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Evos, STIs and Porsches." What's left?
The Exige S is a race car that can be licensed for the street, but unless you enjoy an ultra-stiff suspension and a cramped, spartan cabin, it won't make a very good daily driver.
Original MSRP: $64,890
6 national listings
Adds to S:
No additional major features.
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning · Single front air conditioning zones
Airbags Dual front airbags
Audio System Single disc in-Dash CD · Alpine premium brand · AM/FM radio · 4 Total Speakers
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Electronic brakeforce distribution · Front brake diameter: 12.1 · Front brakes: ventilated disc · Rear brake diameter: 11.5 · Rear brakes: ventilated disc
Comfort Features Center console trim: alloy · Dash trim: alloy · Door trim: alloy · Floor Mat Material: carpet · Floor Mats: front · Shift knob trim: alloy · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Multi-function remote: keyless entry · Power outlet(s): 12V front
Driver Seat Manual adjustments: 2
Exterior Features Rear spoiler
Headrests Front headrests: integrated, adjustable · Number of front headrests: 2
Instrumentation Clock · Tachometer · Warnings and reminders: low fuel level, tire fill alert
Lights Daytime running lights · Front fog lights
Passenger Seat Manual Adjustments: 2
Safety Emergency interior trunk release · Impact sensor: post-collision safety system
Seatbelts Seatbelt pretensioners: front
Seats Front seat type: sport · Upholstery: cloth
Security Anti-theft alarm system: remote · Engine immobilizer · Power door locks
Stability and Traction Traction control
Suspension Front Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Front Spring Type: coil springs · Front Suspension Classification: independent · Front Suspension Type: double wishbones · Rear Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Rear Spring Type: coil springs · Rear Suspension Classification: independent · Rear Suspension Type: double wishbone · Stabilizer bar(s): front
Tires Tire Pressure Monitoring System · Type: performance
Tires and Rims Wheels: painted alloy
Windows Front wipers: variable intermittent · Power windows
Price $64,890 MSRP
Body Style Coupe
Engine 1.8L 240 hp I4
Seating 2
Fuel Economy
20MPG city
26MPG highway
Drivetrain RWD

Price

MSRP$64,890
Invoice

Transmission

Drivetrain RWD
6-Speed Manual
Fuel Economy
20MPG city
26MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side Airbags--
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain Airbags--
ABS BrakesStandard

Amenities

Sunroof/Moonroof--
Air ConditioningStandard
Leather SeatsOptional
Power SeatsPassenger: Standard
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, CD Player

Engine

1.8L 240 hp I4
Power 240 hp @ 8,000 RPM
Torque 170 lb-ft @ 5,500 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating2 seats
Fuel Tank Volume10.6 gal
Front Legroom--
Back Legroom--
Wheelbase90.5 in
Length149.5 in
Width68 in
Height45.6 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume4 cu ft
New for 2008, the Exige S 240 represents the high-performance pinnacle of Lotus' "race cars licensed for the street" Exige lineup. The Elise and the Exige (pronounced ex-seej, "challeng... Read More
New for 2008, the Exige S 240 represents the high-performance pinnacle of Lotus' "race cars licensed for the street" Exige lineup. The Elise and the Exige (pronounced ex-seej, "challenging" in French), both first introduced in 2006, share an extruded aluminum frame and "a family resemblance." However, every Exige body panel, except the doors, is different from the Elise's.
The S 240 uses the same engine as the S, but ups power to 240 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque by recalibrating the engine-management system, enlarging the roof scoop and extending it to the edge of the windshield, and using a larger intercooler. Lotus claims the gas mileage remains the same as the Exige S's, at 20 mpg city /26 mpg highway. Acceleration, however, improves slightly, with the 0-60 jump accomplished in 4 seconds flat and 0-100 coming up in 10 seconds. An upgraded clutch plate cover helps transmit the engine's power to the six-speed manual transmission.
Standard equipment on the S 240 includes variable traction and launch controls. The traction control system allows a driver to literally dial with a knob on the steering column eleven different traction settings, from 1 (the least electronic intervention) to 10 (the most) or 11 (traction control off). Launch control allows perfect blast-offs from a standing start, if you follow the proper sequence: Set the rev limiter, floor the accelerator, engage the gear, and slip your foot off the clutch. You'll immediately smell tire smoke and be gone!
Reviewers are enthusiastically unanimous in their raves for the handling, braking, and steering of the Exige line. AutoWeek's comments are typical: "That means the Exige beats everything we've tested in the nimbleness and tossability category, including Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Evos, STIs and Porsches." What's left?
Standard equipment on all Exiges: a new gauge cluster with trip computer, an ABS system with Lotus/AP Racing and Brembo calipers with ventilated/cross-drilled brakes, forged alloy wheels (16-inch front and 17-inch rear) with Yokohama Advan Neova ultra-performance tires, Bilstein dampers and Eibach springs, power windows and locks, a leather-trimmed Momo steering wheel, an anti-theft system with engine immobilizer, an aluminum handbrake and shift knob, a four-speaker Alpine stereo with CD player, and black cloth ProBax anatomically designed seats, which are said to improve blood flow to the legs and negate the need for an adjustable lumbar.
Weighing in at only 2,077 pounds, reviewers all noted the Exige's rather spartan interior. This is a driver's car; there's even a checkbox on the order form to skip the air-conditioning to save weight. After all, full floor carpeting and a cupholder are part of the Touring Pack option package, which also includes a thermal and sound-insulated soft top, full leather seat and door trim, a leather-trimmed center console, an iPod connector, and "additional sound insulation." Minimal safety equipment - beyond the car's handling and braking capabilities - includes driver and passenger airbags. There is also a Track Pack that adds even more race course refinement in the form of adjustable dampers and spring perches.
Unless you enjoy an ultra-stiff suspension and a spartan driver's cabin, the S 240 is not a daily driver. But for the weekend racer, Road and Track calls it "the best street-legal production track car you can buy."
S Club Racer
Original MSRP: $67,995
Adds to S:
No additional major features.
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning · Single front air conditioning zones
Airbags Dual front airbags
Audio System Single disc in-Dash CD · Alpine premium brand · AM/FM radio · 4 Total Speakers
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Electronic brakeforce distribution · Front brake diameter: 12.1 · Front brakes: ventilated disc · Rear brake diameter: 11.5 · Rear brakes: ventilated disc
Comfort Features Center console trim: alloy · Dash trim: alloy · Door trim: alloy · Floor Mats: front · Shift knob trim: alloy · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Multi-function remote: keyless entry
Driver Seat Manual adjustments: 2
Exterior Features Rear spoiler
Headrests Front headrests: integrated, adjustable · Number of front headrests: 2
Instrumentation Clock · Tachometer · Warnings and reminders: low fuel level, tire fill alert
Lights Daytime running lights
Passenger Seat Manual Adjustments: 2
Safety Emergency interior trunk release · Impact sensor: post-collision safety system
Seatbelts Seatbelt pretensioners: front
Seats Front seat type: sport · Upholstery: cloth
Security Anti-theft alarm system: remote · Engine immobilizer · Power door locks
Suspension Front Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Front Spring Type: coil springs · Front Suspension Classification: independent · Front Suspension Type: double wishbones · Rear Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Rear Spring Type: coil springs · Rear Suspension Classification: independent · Rear Suspension Type: double wishbone · Stabilizer bar(s): front
Tires Tire Pressure Monitoring System · Type: performance
Tires and Rims Wheels: painted alloy
Windows Front wipers: variable intermittent
Price $67,995 MSRP
Body Style Coupe
Engine 1.8L 220 hp I4
Seating 2
Fuel Economy
20MPG city
26MPG highway
Drivetrain RWD

Price

MSRP$67,995
Invoice

Transmission

Drivetrain RWD
6-Speed Manual
Fuel Economy
20MPG city
26MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side Airbags--
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain Airbags--
ABS BrakesStandard

Amenities

Sunroof/Moonroof--
Air ConditioningStandard
Leather Seats--
Power SeatsPassenger: Standard
Power Windows--
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, CD Player

Engine

1.8L 220 hp I4
Power 220 hp @ 8,000 RPM
Torque 159 lb-ft @ 5,500 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating2 seats
Fuel Tank Volume10.6 gal
Front Legroom--
Back Legroom--
Wheelbase90.5 in
Length149.5 in
Width68 in
Height45.6 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume4 cu ft