Lotus Exige S delayed...


Mr Harris loved the new 350hp V6 Exige S so much he called it a "world-class sports car" when he reviewed back in April. But it's come to our attention that customer cars have been suffering from delays amidst rumours of "durability issues".

Bad news first: the £53K Lotus is indeed subject to an "unfortunate delay". However, according to Lotus this isn't so much due to any actual durability issues, as the new shareholders insisting on "additional testing to ensure optimum quality and production efficiency standards are met."

Our kind of durability testing, etc
Our kind of durability testing, etc
Whether that's just the same thing with more syllables, well, your cynical guess is as good as ours. But given Hethel's recent travails, we're edging towards this being a positive thing for those eventual customers - since the end result is hopefully a better quality car. So that's good news, right?

Similarly, production is up and running, and the first cars are expected next week - rather than in 2013, as some have speculated. Lotus has even shuffled the schedule to prioritise customer cars over showroom cars, we're told.

As for those 'new shareholders' - they (at the last count) would still be DRB-Hicom, a Malaysian automotive group that assembles vehicles for a number of carmakers, including Honda, Mercedes, Suzuki and Volkswagen. Just so you know.


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  • zebedee 08 Nov 2012

    DJRC said:
    Ironically amusing. Lotus and Cooper won the engine debate 50yrs ago. Enzo had wonderful V6s in his F1 cars, the Brits put some small 4 banger pieces of crap from Coventry in them. The Brits won.

    My problem with the Evora interior is that it feels far too much like a Porsche for me, i.e. dull, dreary, drab and astoundingly boring.
    see the pictures in my post 9 posts back. Couldn't disagree more.

  • DJRC 08 Nov 2012

    Grovsie26 said:
    Twincam16 said:
    Yes. Lotus engineers cars taking a similar approach to the F40. And what's 1990 got to do with it? Why has everyone got to make the same car with no real USP for 'the buyer' to be happy?

    I don't care what the radio looks like, it just shows the focus of the Lotus is elsewhere. Because it's a Lotus. That's what makes it a Lotus. It's not a Porsche. It's not meant to be a Porsche.
    So if there so awesome, and if so many people want them, why have they sold sod all? and the whole business at risk?

    If your going to compare anything modern to the F40 it should be the Noble M600. Not a lotus with a crappy Toyota V6.
    Ironically amusing. Lotus and Cooper won the engine debate 50yrs ago. Enzo had wonderful V6s in his F1 cars, the Brits put some small 4 banger pieces of crap from Coventry in them. The Brits won.

    My problem with the Evora interior is that it feels far too much like a Porsche for me, i.e. dull, dreary, drab and astoundingly boring.

  • parvs 08 Nov 2012

    zebedee said:
    define 'crappy'.

    Wasn't crappy enough for Evo to not vote it car of the year when released. Even less crappy with a supercharger attached to it. Everyone says the K-series is crappy too, but it still puts a smile on my face every time I plant the throttle in my Elise, just like the Toyota unit did for me in the Evora. I suspect the reason they have sold so few is the severe prejudices of the car buying public (and even alleged petrolheads) as evidenced by your good self, such that they never bothered trying one and therefore failed to realise what a great car it is.
    I don't think it really helps that, with the evora, lotus managed to make a car with a great chassis handling etc,etc but haven't seemed to manage to employ someone to effectively stick bits of leather to static parts. The design and shape of the interior is really pleasing to my eyes and a place that I enjoy being. But the little bits of trim that come away are really annoying, we also have a Porsche and have had no such problems.

  • zebedee 07 Nov 2012

    Grovsie26 said:
    So if there so awesome, and if so many people want them, why have they sold sod all? and the whole business at risk?

    If your going to compare anything modern to the F40 it should be the Noble M600. Not a lotus with a crappy Toyota V6.
    define 'crappy'.

    Wasn't crappy enough for Evo to not vote it car of the year when released. Even less crappy with a supercharger attached to it. Everyone says the K-series is crappy too, but it still puts a smile on my face every time I plant the throttle in my Elise, just like the Toyota unit did for me in the Evora. I suspect the reason they have sold so few is the severe prejudices of the car buying public (and even alleged petrolheads) as evidenced by your good self, such that they never bothered trying one and therefore failed to realise what a great car it is.

  • Grovsie26 07 Nov 2012

    Twincam16 said:
    Yes. Lotus engineers cars taking a similar approach to the F40. And what's 1990 got to do with it? Why has everyone got to make the same car with no real USP for 'the buyer' to be happy?

    I don't care what the radio looks like, it just shows the focus of the Lotus is elsewhere. Because it's a Lotus. That's what makes it a Lotus. It's not a Porsche. It's not meant to be a Porsche.
    So if there so awesome, and if so many people want them, why have they sold sod all? and the whole business at risk?

    If your going to compare anything modern to the F40 it should be the Noble M600. Not a lotus with a crappy Toyota V6.

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