Launched last year in Europe but unavailable in the United States, the Lotus Exige S Roadster is one of the most exciting drop-top models on sale today. At least that’s what the folks from XCar said about the car after taking it for a test drive.
The Exige S Roadster is 10 kilograms (22 lbs) lighter than the coupe, as it lacks a metal roof, as well as a rear wing and front splitter. While not quite as hardcore as the Exige S coupe, the roadster is nevertheless a car for driving enthusiasts.
It sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.8 seconds, just like the coupe, but has a top speed limited at 145 mph (233 km/h) – the coupe reaches 170 mph (274 km/h).
Powered by the same 345 hp 3.5-liter supercharged V6 engine, the Exige S Roadster feels “marginally more sensible.” That’s not a bad thing, as it’s better suited for road driving.
See what the Lotus Exige S Roadster is like to drive in the video posted below the break.
By Dan Mihalascu