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Lotus unveils Grand Prix-inspired Exige S LF1 (2014)

Wed, 11 Jun 2014

By Michael Karkafiris

First Official Pictures

11 June 2014 13:45

Lotus has unveiled a new limited-edition Exige S with the moniker LF1, paying tribute to its 81 Grand Prix victories.

Dressed in the official colours of the Lotus F1 team, the black-gold Exige S with red accents will be limited to 81 units. Each one is individually numbered with a carbonfibre build plate.

Apart from the usual numbering, each car will be dedicated to a specific GP victory, with the first model paying tribute to Lotus’s first win in Monaco 1960 and the 81st one in Australia 2013.

The matt gold wheels, red brake calipers and LF1 badging around the car are the key visual differences from a regular Exige S. So far, so special edition protocol followed to a tee...

Each car comes equipped with the Exige Race Pack, which includes launch control, a sophisticated four-stage stability control, retuned suspension to match the grippier Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo tyres and a sports exhaust. More powerful two-piece braking discs are also included.

Performance remains unchanged, with the 1176kg Exige S LF1 still being capable of 0-60mph in 3.8sec and a 170mph top speed, courtesy of its 345bhp supercharged 3.5 litre V6.

Customers can spec optional heated seats, rear parking sensors and a ‘convenience pack’ which includes cruise control and a cup-holder among other trinkets - all of which will add more weight and go against the Lotus mantra of just adding lightness.

UK price for the Lotus Exige S LF1 is set at £62,900.

By Michael Karkafiris