General Sales Manager for Midwestern Auto Group, Vil Vina, introduces
Columbus to Lotus’ newest model: the high-tech Exige.
A 190-horsepower, 1.8-liter, four-cylinder, mid-mounted, 16-valve, dual-overhead-cam Toyota engine pushes barely 2,000 pounds of composite fiberglass body and extruded aluminum chassis to three figures in less than 9 seconds. Downforce created by a front-end splitter and 11.5 degree rear wing barely keep the rubber on the road, but that’s what driving a Lotus is all about.
It’s a monster named after a flower, which becomes tangibly manifest as the G forces of a 4.9 second 0-60 hammer the driver as far back in the cockpit as the laws of thermodynamics will allow. The Synchromesh, 6-speed transaxle with reverse lock-out and the torque-sensing, limited-slip differential ensure that the back end stays in the back as this two-seat rocket effortlessly reaches its top speed of 147 mph.