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Exige born to perform

Road racer: The Lotus Exige features fully adjustable suspension and AP racing brakes.

A limited number of Lotus' road-rocket, the Exige, will be sold in Australia

14 May 2001

LOTUS Cars Australia has secured a limited number of race-derived Exiges for hard-core performance enthusiasts.

"We have secured 10 Exiges, which are arriving as we speak," Lotus Cars Australia general manager Chris van Wyk said.

"All but two have been pre-sold to dealers. The homologation process is in progress.

"The Exige is a very focused product. It is essentially a detuned race car for someone who wants to do Targa Tasmania or just likes the feel of a race car." The $130,000 road rocket comes with fully adjustable suspension and AP racing brakes.

Australia-bound cars will also feature a radio-fitting kit, alarm, leather seats and alcantara trim.

Engine: 1.8-litre K Series
Power: 132kW
Weight: 724kg
Acceleration: 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds

Home away from home

LOTUS Cars Australia general manager Chris van Wyk said the Cavalli restaurant/dealership on Fitzroy St, St Kilda, performed a valuable lifestyle role - serving as a home away from home for Lotus owners.

The establishment doubles as the Melbourne showroom for Lotus, as well as a Ducati motorcycle and Vespa scooter franchise.

Mr van Wyk said Lotus would always remain a niche brand in Australia and its dealer network was accordingly small - there are eight outlets plus two dedicated service dealers.

He also suggested a new generation of the ageing Esprit was in the pipeline.

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