Lotus recently introduced the Exige S Automatic model which according to the British Automaker, can deliver faster gear changes along with a Sport Mode that gives better throttle response and a higher traction slip threshold.
Available on both coupe and roadster versions, the Exige S Automatic uses the lightweight aluminum-composite chassis giving it a curb weight of 1182 kg despite a 296 PS per tonne figure on both the manual and automatic versions. It uses a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shift function can change gears in as fast as 240 milliseconds.
It has a Sport Mode which sharpens the throttle response and makes the Lotus Dynamic Performance Management (DPM) increase its traction slip adhesion to give better control for the driver when at the limit. The exhaust bypass valve also opens up at mid-to-high engine speeds. The mode also enables an auto throttle-blip when the drivers downshifts at a rapid rate and there's an optional Race Mode which increases the traction slip thresholds even further.
Delivering power to the 6-speed automatic gearbox is still the 3.5-liter supercharged V6 engine that generates 350 PS and 400 Nm of torque. The Automatic coupe model can go from 0 – 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and reach a top speed 261 km/h while the automatic roadster will hit a lower top speed of 233 km/h.
“Expanding the Exige range, with a new automatic gearbox, opens up a new market for those who prefer using a paddle shift with the alternative of an automatic gearshift. We expect that the Exige S Automatic will account for over a third of the total global sales for the Exige S range as many drivers will appreciate the involvement of a manual paddle-shift and the convenience of an automatic,” said Jean-Marc Gales, Lotus Group CEO.
Lotus is expected to arrive in the Philippine market sometime this year but there is no exact information yet on what models they will bring to the country.