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Next-Gen Lotus Exige Gets Bigger With V-6

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On: Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 12:00PM | By: Chris Weiss


Next-Gen Lotus Exige Gets Bigger With V-6

Lotus is teetering on the brink of a head-to-toe revamp. The company has five new models in store for the next few years, and will make a strong move upmarket. While its new models will be the most visible part of this revamp, older models will also be taking a step in a new direction. According to recent reports, the Exige will be getting a little more aggressive, both inside and out.

The 1.8-liter Toyota inline four that powers the current Exige and Elise went out of production last year. The next-generation Exige will therefore have to look elsewhere for motivation. It will reportedly find its engine in the 3.5-liter Toyota V-6 from the Evora. As such, the model will get wider and longer, as can be seen in the zebra-camoed prototype snapped in Hethel.

In addition to bringing more power to the table—the Evora's engine is available in 276-hp and 345-hp tunes—the next generation Exige will get a more aggressive look in line with the concept cars debuted at last year's Paris Motor Show. According to Autocar, Lotus chief Dany Bahar has promised that there will be more than 150 different changes for the Exige, as well as the redesigned Elise and Evora.

Lotus will refresh its current models of the Elise, Evora and Exige before launching new models beginning with the range-topping 2013 Esprit. The new Evora should be the first of those updates when it debuts sometime this year. It will share the more agressive restyling of the Exige and will also get an upgraded interior.

While the Evora and Exige are likely to rely on Toyota power for the time being, newer Lotus models will feature Lotus-developed engines. Lotus told media outlets in June that it will indeed be building its own engines, beginning with a V-8 for the Esprit and Eterne.




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