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2012 Lotus Elise S And Exige R-GT Debut In Frankfurt

2012 Lotus Elise S

At the Frankfurt Motor Show, the British automaker Lotus brought two of its latest models, the 2012 Elise S and the Exige R-GT. The first one brings a bunch of upgrades as far as the styling and performances are concerned. One of the most important novelties of the model would have to be the implementation of the SPS – Serial Precision Shift, which is a new transmission for the 1.6-liter model that uses an all-new robotized lightweight automated-manual gearbox technology that allows the driver to switch between manual and automatic driving modes. Changing the cars is done by using the paddle shifter mounted on the steering wheel.

2012 Lotus Elise S

Replacing the SC model, the Elise S is motivated by a 4-cylinder 1.8-liter engine that benefits from the VVTL-i system. The engine outputs 217 hp (220 PS / 162 kW) @ 6,800 rpm and a peak torque of 184 lb.-ft (250 Nm) at 4,600 rpm. They forgot to mention the important figures like performance, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, but we should have them pretty soon.

2012 Lotus Elise S

What we do know is that the car benefits from a fully independent suspension system and the company’s DPM – Dynamic Performance Management. It also has ABS with AP-Racing twin-piston fixed aluminum alloy brake calipers in the front and single-piston sliding rear calipers from Brembo.

2012 Lotus Elise S

Design-wise, the 2012 Lotus Elise S comes with LED daytime running lights that have been integrated into the headlights. Other than that, it features new instrument dials with blue illumination, along with a two-tone white & black interior.

Lotus Exige R-GT

As far as the Exige R-GT, it is a professionally rally car that will mark the return of the company in the WRC after three decades of absence. It is based on the recently introduced 2012 Exige S and comes with a wide array of racing parts. The car has already been homologated by FIA to participate in a new category series that will be organized in Monte Carlo and San Remo.

Lotus Exige R-GT

It has a FIA-approved roll-cage that has been bolted and bonded on the car’s lightweight aluminum chassis. Other than that, the British automaker fitted the vehicle with Lexan windows, front & rear underbody protections, WRC-style crew side protections and a roof air scoop. The curb weight of the Exige R-GT is only 1,200 kg.

Lotus Exige R-GT

The car is motivated by the same V6 3.5-liter engine you will find in the production version and it fires 302 hp. The power unit features 34 mm air restrictors and the power is sent to all the wheels through the 6-speed sequential gearbox. Lastly, it has front & rear double wishbone suspensions that pack adjustable dampers, while the standard brakes of the car have been upgraded with a hydraulic fly-off handbrake as well as more efficient cooling.

We don’t have any details at the moment regarding who will be driving the Lotus Exige R-GT in the World Rally Championship, but we are certain that the British carmaker will let us know in the weeks to come.

Source: Lotus via ZerCustoms

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