Lotus Exige cars for sale. Used Lotus Exige cars available for sale from individuals and dealers from around the world. The exotic looking Lotus Exige was built in the United Kingdom from 1976 and 2004. The Turbo Exige was introduced in 1980. The Lotus Exige was redesigned in 1987 and 1993.
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The Lotus Exige is a hardtop coupé version of the Lotus Elise. The Exige began production in with a 1.8 L Rover K Series engine producing 177 bhp in base model and 192 bhp in the "track spec" version.
The 2004 Exige featured a 1.8 L 16-valve DOHC Toyota/Yamaha engine producing 190 bhp. The 2004 Lotus Exige added a front splitter, fiberglass hardtop with roof scoop, rear engine cover, and rear spoiler. These aerodynamic additions to the base Elise model created almost 100 lb of additional downforce at 100 mph in the Exige.
In 2005, Lotus produced a limited run of 50 supercharged Exiges, increasing the horspower to 243 bhp. These vehicles were only available in yellow or black, representing the colours of Lotus Sport, and are badged 240R.
The North American Exige was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in January 2006. In February 2006, Lotus announced the Exige S model, featuring a supercharged Toyota engine producing 220 bhp. The supercharged model was also available in North American markets as a 2007 model.
To reduce development costs, the Lotus Exige used parts from other car manufacturers. Exiges before 1993 have numerous British Leyland parts and Exiges built after 1993 have many GM (Vauxhall, Opel) parts. G Exiges have Citroën gearboxes as found in the Citroën SM and Maserati Merak, while S Exiges have Renault UN1 gearboxes, with the exception of the North American Exige Turbo which retained the Citroen gearbox for 1988 only.
Lotus Exige door handles come from Morris Marina / Austin Allegro and were kept until the S4 model in 1994 when instead GM Calibra door handles were used. Early models used a Momo steering wheel, later ones had the same as the Pontiac Trans Am.
Lotus S1 Exiges have Fiat X1/9 rear light units. Until 2002 it had rectangular Toyota rear lights from the 1985 Toyota Sprinter Trueno and RWD Toyota Corolla Coupe, later replaced with the same round light as the Lotus Elise II.
The aerial mount and whip on the S4 and V8 is the same as the GM Calibra and Tigra. The side mirrors are from the Citroën CX. Non SE foglamps from about 1989 are GM Astra MK1.
The Lotus Exige fan motors come from the Ford Fiesta MK2. The alternator on the V8 models is a standard GM unit also found in the V6 Opel Omega B and the earlier Lotus Carlton/Omega which also provides many of the interior plastic fittings such as door handles and steering column.
The Lotus Exige clutch slave cylinder on the 98 onwards models is the same as a series 2A Land Rover from Girling as is the master cylinder. The front suspension of the S1 and S2 came from the Opel Ascona. Front GT3 Brake Pads (Brembo) are the same as on a Fiat Coupe turbo or a Peugeot 406 3.0 V6.
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