Lotus Exige S at 2014 Brussels Auto salon Lotus has announced the availability of an updated Exige for the European market, in the form of the Exige S Automatic. The 2015 Lotus Exige S Automatic now incorporates a manual paddle-shifter with all the convenience of an automatic 6-speed transmission. The Lotus Exige S is based on the 2012 version, which has since emerged into the 2014 Exige S and Roadster which appeared at the recent Brussels Auto Salon, as well as, the 2013 Exige S Club Racer.

The Lotus Exige S Auto. has been specifically tailored to fit the characteristics of the sporty compact sports car. Integrating smooth and intuitive gear shifts with engine response and exhaust note, the Exige S Automatic provides its driver with all round engagement and excitement and reflects the Lotus DNA of pure driving experience.

Lotus Exige S IPS Interior

For drivers who enjoy a more spirited drive, the gear-shift characteristics have been calibrated to reflect the dynamic system changes that are activated when the driver selects either ‘Sport’ or ‘Race’ mode. Optimized gear selection and response deliver quicker all-round performance when a sportier experience is desired.

The new Exige S Automatic is currently completing its final stages of testing and is anticipated to exceed the manual variant in performance. In looks, the Exige S Auto. features the similar low and sleek proportions and wide stance at the front and rear. Front and rear wheel sizes are 17-inch and 18-inch, respectively. Unless otherwise noted, a 3.5-liter V6 engine with supercharger is fitted for the Exige S Auto. to enable 350 PS and 400 Nm of torque. In fact, the Exige S with automatic transmission is as fast as its manual counterpart around the test track. It punches the 0 – 100 km/h mark at 3.8 seconds, just 0.1 seconds quicker than the Exige S manual.

Stopping power for the Exige S Auto, relies on 332mm ventilated and cross-drilled cast-iron discs and AP Racing’s 4-piston callipers, fitted to the front and rear wheels.

Lotus Exige S Roadster at 2014 Brussels Auto salon

Automatic transmission will be available as a cost option to the Exige S and Exige S Roadster range in all markets where the Exige is currently on sale. Prices for European markets start from €2,185 Euros, available next January onwards.