Lotus launches F1-inspired Exige special edition

Lotus has announced a run of special edition cars based on the 345hp Exige S. Tagged the Exige LF1, it celebrates the Lotus F1 Team’s 81 victories in Formula 1, from its first at the 1960 Monaco GP, to the most recent at the 2013 season-opener in Australia.

To mark it out from its non-special edition brethren, the Exige LF1 comes in a black and gold livery reminiscent of the F1 team’s iconic JPS colours of the Seventies and Eighties. Red accents pick out the front splitter and the centre-line of the car and there is the obligatory unique black and gold badging and LF1 logo. The matt gold wheels are a big-and-small 17-inches at the front and 18’s at the rear, wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo tyres.

Inside there is black-and-gold leather and ‘technical fabric’ upholstery, air-conditioning, more logos and the optional Conveniance Pack with heated seats and rear parking sensors. To sharpen up the driving experience the Exige LF1 comes as standard with the Race Pack with Dynamic Performance Management , two-piece high performance brake discs and those Pirelli tyres.

The Exige LF1’s powertrain is unchanged from standard, but that still means a 3.5-litre, supercharged V6 engine producing 345hp and 295lb/ft of torque, enough for a 0-62mph time of 4.0 seconds and a top speed of 170mph.

Each Exige LF1 comes with a numbered carbon fibre plaque, each car comemmorating the corresponding Formula 1 win. Owners also automatically join the Exige LF1 Members’ Club, with factory tours and discounts off merchandise.

Lotus have not said how much the Exige LF1 will cost, but probably will not stop it selling out very quickly. It is on display this week at the Canary Wharf Motor Expo in London.

Lotus Exige special edition
Exige LF1 comes with 17″ front and 18″ rear, matt gold wheels
Lotus Exige special edition
Each Exige LF1 comemmorates one of the Lotus F1 Team’s 81 race victories



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