NEW FOR 2009:

– New S 260 Sport model

For 2009, Lotus adds the S 260 Sport model to the Exige lineup, which now consists of the S 240 and S 260 Sport. The new model is a lightweight version with more horsepower than its S 240 sibling.

Both models use a supercharged 1.8-litre inline four-cylinder engine, which makes 240 horsepower in the S 240, and 257 horsepower in the S 260. Both use a six-speed manual transmission, and feature a lightweight epoxy-bonded aluminum frame and composite fibreglass body.

The S 260 Sport further adds carbon fibre front lower splitter, roof, rear engine cover, side air intake ducts, rear wing, and access panels below the windshield.

Standard features on the S 240 include 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, high-intensity projection beam headlights, LED taillights, aluminum alloy fuel filler door, traction control, twin oil coolers, cross-drilled disc brakes with ABS, cloth sport seats, CD stereo, leather-trimmed Momo steering wheel, intermittent wipers, floor mats, power locks, power windows, anti-theft alarm and tire pressure monitoring system.

The S 260 Sport deletes the rear window, rearview mirror, and passenger foot rest.

Available options on the S 240 include a Touring Pack, which adds leather seats, CD stereo with iPod connector, stowage net, additional sound insulation, full carpet set and leather-trimmed centre console; a Track Pack, which adds adjustable Bilstein shocks with treaded spring perches and remote front reservoirs; and a limited-slip differential. Options on the S 260 Sport are limited to paint choices.

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