When it opened last year, the showroom hosted the introductions of the fixed-roof Elise S and Exige S models – today we see the version of the Exige S with infinite headroom finally landing on our shores, after having gone on sale last year.
This is Hethel’s fastest convertible yet – behind the driver sits a Toyota-sourced 3.5 litre V6 with a Harrop HTV 1320 supercharger strapped on to it. The result is 345 hp at 7,000 rpm and 400 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm. Gearbox is a six-speed close-ratio manual.
Remarkably, the Lotus Exige S Roadster is 10 kg lighter than the coupe at 1,166 kg; its bonded aluminium chassis proving strong enough to not need extra bracing. 0-100 km/h is dealt with in four seconds. Top speed is limited to 233 km/h, down from the coupe’s 272 km/h.
The vehicle sits on 205/45 R17 alloys up front and 265/35 R18 alloys out back, both wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero Corsa rubber. Peeking through them are silver-painted four-piston AP Racing callipers that grip ventilated and cross-drilled cast-iron discs.
There’re fully independent double wishbones and anti-roll bars all round, plus Bilstein-damped Eibach coaxial coil springs. Standard are the Premium and Convenience Packs, while options include Premium Pack Sport (RM3,790), Race Pack (RM15,200), high-performance disc brakes (RM12,800), Trofeo tyres (RM5,000), a hard top (RM8,330) and motorsport paint (RM4,620).
The Lotus Exige S Roadster is priced from RM457,012, OTR without insurance. A three-year/100,000 km warranty is included. We drove the car in the UK last year – read our impressions here.