Geneva Show 2012 Highlights: 2013 Lotus Exige S Roadster

The 145mph Lotus Exige S roadster is the fastest drop top the manufacturer has ever built. Launched at today's Geneva motor show, it is the first Exige model to be offered with a factory-fitted soft-top roof and shares the same 3.5-litre V6 engine as the new Exige S coupé.

The unit produces 345bhp at 7000rpm and 295lb ft at 4500rpm, meaning the Exige S roadster — which weighs 1100kg — is capable of 0-60mph in 3.8sec and reaches 100mph from a standing start in 8.5sec.

A six-speed manual gearbox is offered as standard, but the Exige S is available with the Norfolk-based firm’s Serial Precision Shift (SPS) paddle-operated automated manual transmission. Fuel economy for the manual gearbox variant is a claimed 28mpg, with C02 emissions of 236g/km.

As with the £52,900 hard-top Exige S, an optional race pack is available and adds track-optimised suspension settings and launch control. There are also two cabin options: one more comfort-oriented and the other more stripped down and sporty.

Lotus chief Dany Bahar says although the car is mainly targeted at the Asian market, it will also be offered in Europe, but not the US.

Thanks to: Autocar

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