Lotus Exige sports car reviews




Car Magazine
“one of the best handling road cars I’ve experienced. It’s a huge amount of money but a huge amount of fun too.”



Road and Track
“On the road, there is nothing that can keep up with the Exige. I don't care what you're driving or what road you're on, the Exige Cup 430 is miles quicker. There is no lag, no delay, this is immediacy in its purest form. It has grip for days and feels unapologetically stiff, but isn't injury-inducing.”



Top Gear
“The car has supreme traction – far, far more than you’d credit a 1.1-tonne mid-engine rear-drive car having on autumnal roads – and inspires simply staggering amounts of confidence. Allied with steering that reacts like an extension of your nervous system”



“those who get it will find one of those most invigorating, immersive and outrageously exciting track cars for the money.

The Cup 430 answers its compromises on road with staggering circuit performance, and as such represents one of the best Lotuses of recent times.”


Piston Heads
“..what's good about a Lotus on track: the communication, the poise, the involvement, the feel. ...So there you have it: a Lotus with almost all the delicacy of an Elise, supercar performance and the circuit aptitude of a genuine motorsport product.”



The Independent
“You won’t get this sort of intensity and excitement anywhere else for the money...It’s communicative, poised, brilliantly involving and extremely confident: with a flood of feel and perfectly telegraphed limits, the only thing that’s stopping you going more quickly is your own ability…”



Top Speed
“All told, this giant killer is a serious slice of motorsport-inspired performance. It’s the Exige in it’s top street-legal form, a leveled-up two-seater with enough go to put the bigger, badder competition to shame.”



Motoring Research
“If you’re an enthusiast seeking the most gem-like and potent Lotus out there, one you can keep in your garage and pour over with total satisfaction, look no further.”



GF Williams
“..This power hike takes the Exige from being a fun car to drive, to a serious weapon, luckily keeping all that fun factor with an awesome soundtrack to boost. It’s hard to explain how fast a car is in text; this car has over 400hp/tonne which puts it above a Porsche GT3RS, for example. On track, this car will be pulling away from much much more expensive cars!




Piston Heads: Favourite Car of the Year - Lotus Exige
It's savagely fast and utterly compelling to drive, of course, but also feels exotic, expensive and desirable



CarAdvice: Favourite Car of the Year - Lotus Exige
"...it’s a case of having a sense or feeling of connection with a sports car that in this day and age is virtually non-existent elsewhere..."


"...this is the sort of car that you can take for a drive on a winding road and remain in a state of elation. This car makes you feel alive. Every minor movement of the steering wheel is matched with an exhilarating and exact response from the front wheels. It can change directions quicker than would seem possible. There is no power steering to ruin the fun. So much effort goes into driving this thing fast, but instead of feeling exhausted at the end of a mountain run or track day, one feels entirely euphoric..."


Exhaust Notes Australia 
"It’s driving in its most distilled form."

"...it laments bruising city streets and crushing speed limits with the vigour of pilgrims to Israel’s Wailing Wall and it begs with the abandonment of a lovestruck and horny teenager. This car wants to be driven. Hard...."

Auto Car
"...The Exige range is an engineer’s car, seemingly conceived for the purest of intents: to go fast and to entertain wildly while doing it....What that wheel is telling you is that you can place the car with millimetric accuracy and that there’s masses of grip to play with...."

CAR Magazine
...chassis engineer Gavan Kershaw tossed me the keys, and told me I had the Hethel test circuit for 45 minutes.

The brake pedal didn’t go soft, the tyres didn’t overheat, and the Exige felt as fit and strong at the end as it did on lap one. There are very few road cars with similar stamina....


"...the steering becomes one of the best things about the car, because its pure, unassisted weighting feels so alive in your hands. There’s a sense of actually wrestling, or finessing it around corners that makes you feel a bit Ayrton Senna...The gearbox is a thrill a minute, as is the engine, particularly once you explore the upper rev ranges, at which point the scenery really does become a scary blur...."

"The Lotus Exige Sport 380 is another shining example of how Lotus continues to develop some of the best sports cars around. Its steering, noise and razor-sharp responses make it one of the most visceral and engaging models around."


...On the road, the Exige feels hardcore, if still retaining a high degree of usability....It’s nimble, communicative and, above all, fun....the Exige 350 Sport is an interactive driving experience.."

"It's pretty stellar - and so damn fast." "It's actually lovely on the road. Freakishly comfortable."

"The price may be a long way from the Exige's roots, but such is the prodigious performance and complete absence of any kind of rival actually in production (we're looking at you, Porsche GT division) that it actually seems like a bargain."

"This is, simply, one of the fastest and most rewarding driver's cars this side of $200,000."

"There aren't many options remaining for the true purist driver, but the Exige Sport 350 is one of them, retaining just enough daily usability to make it work as a single car, while delivering the kind of track-focused precision no rival can touch."

"Lotus calls the Exige Sport 350 the 'ultimate incarnation' of the mid-engined sports car, and we see no reason to argue with that."