Exige is the name Lotus gives its most hard-core model.

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This is the third-generation Exige.

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The Exige, classically, has been based on the Lotus Elise.

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Previous generations have used engines shared with the Elise. The Exige S...does not.

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Under its bonnet/boot/flap thing sits the 345-bhp, 3.5-litre supercharged V-6 you find in the Evora S.

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As you can imagine...it sounds incredible.

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While the Exige S is based on the Elise, its wheelbase had to be extended to fit that giant engine inside the bay.

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Inside it's pretty much the same as an Elise...

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...which means it's simple and a touch cramped.

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That doesn't matter, though. Its light weight means you'll be grinning thanks to its awesome acceleration.

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