Lotus Exige S Roadster: Brit�??s quickest convertible here in 2014

The Lotus Exige S Roadster has been released in the UK, becoming the British brand�??s fastest ever convertible.

A drop-top version of the current Lotus Exige S, the Lotus Exige S Roadster joins the lightweight sports car�??s line-up alongside the track focused Exige Cup and Exige Cup R.

Powered by the same 257.5kW/400Nm supercharged 3.5-litre V6 powerplant and six-speed manual transmission as the $119,990 Exige S hardtop that launched in Australia in April, but weighing 10kg less, the 1166kg Lotus Exige S Roadster matches the coupe�??s claim of 0-100km/h in four seconds.

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With the convertible�??s soft-top fitted �?" able to open in slightly more than four seconds �?" the Roadster�??s top speed is down from the coupe�??s 274km/h to an electronically limited 233km/h.

While the Exige S Roadster loses its hardtop brethren�??s rear wing and front splitter in exchange for a sleeker silhouette, efficiency figures remain identical at 10.1 litres per 100km and 236 grams of CO2 per kilometre.

Four-piston AP-Racing calipers clamp down on ventilated and cross drilled discs under 17-inch front and 18-inch rear alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tyres.

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Electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes with brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution join cornering brake control and Lotus�?? dynamic performance management system in ensuring that safety, as well as performance, is covered.

The Lotus Exige S Roadster �?" priced from £52,900 ($82,700) in its home market �?" is available to order in Australia now, with full pricing and specifications to be announced closer to the car�??s arrival� in the first quarter of 2014.


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