Offering the involvement of
a manual paddle-shift with all the convenience of an automatic, the
Exige S Automatic comes with a 6-speed transmission that has been
specifically tailored to the sporty characteristics of the Exige.
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
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. Optimised gear selection and response deliver quicker
all-round performance when a sportier experience is desired.
Jean-Marc Gales, Chief Executive Officer, Group Lotus plc said, “By
introducing a paddle-shift, we have expanded the Exige product range to
make it more accessible to customers worldwide. Now, customers who are
more accustomed to two pedals and automatic transmissions can enjoy the
unbelievable performance and handling of the Exige S without compromise.”
The new Exige S Automatic is currently completing its final stages of
testing and is anticipated to exceed the manual variant in performance
when it goes on sale in January 2015. In fact, the Exige S with
automatic transmission as fast as its manual counterpart around the
Hethel test track and achieves the 0 - 100 km/h sprint achieving, 0.1
seconds quicker than the Exige S manual in 3.9 seconds.
Automatic transmission will be available as a cost option to the Exige S
and Exige S Roadster models in all markets where the Exige is currently
on sale. Prices for UK customers will be £2,000 including VAT and €2,185
in Europe excluding local taxes.