Lotus Exige S RGB
- Mileage: 14,818
- Year: 2011
- MOT Expiry: July 2019
- Exterior Colour: Starlight Black Metallic
- Interior Colour: Black Leather
- Top speed: 148
- 0-60mph: 4.1
- BHP: 256
- Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
- Engine Capacity: 1796cc
- Engine Configuration: Supercharged 4 In-line
The original Exige was launched in 2000 with a naturally aspirated 1.8-litre Rover K-Series engine in VHPD (Very High Performance Derivative) tune. It produced 177hp at 7,800 rpm in standard form. The car had a five-speed manual gearbox, and a claimed top speed of 136 mph. Zero to sixty mph was achieved in 4.7 seconds.
In 2004, the Series 2 Exige was introduced. It featured a naturally aspirated 1.8-litre 16V DOHC Toyota/Yamaha engine that produced 190hp. Compared to the Series 2 Elise, it had a front splitter, fibreglass hardtop with roof scoop, rear engine cover, and rear spoiler. The sole purpose of these aerodynamic additions was to create more downforce, which equated to nearly 45kg of downforce at 100 miles per hour compared to just 5.9kg in the Elise.
In February 2006, Lotus announced the Exige S model, which used a supercharged Toyota engine producing 220hp. In 2008 a 240hp variant was released, with a 260hp variant following in 2009. Even with a full fuel tank, extensive use of weight-saving materials such as carbon fibre reduced the vehicle's gross weight to a diminutive 920kg, meaning 0-60mph in just 4.0 seconds. After 2009, both the S 240 and S 260 received distinctively new and enlarged rear spoilers mounted to the rear clam instead of the motor bay cover.
The RGB is a version of the Exige S commemorating Roger Becker, the former Director of Vehicle Engineering for Lotus. It includes Toyota's supercharged 1.8-litre engine rated at 256hp, Lotus ultra lightweight forged alloy wheels, Performance pack, Sport pack, Touring pack, choice of four body colours (Aspen White, Starlight Black, Solar Yellow & Carbon Grey), Roger Becker's signature on the rear of the car, a Roger Becker numbered plaque, monochrome Lotus badges, structural shear panel (which increases the lateral stiffness of the rear subframe by 30%), and air conditioning.
It is understood that a total of just 141 Exige RGBs were produced. Only 55 of these were supplied new in the UK, a mere 15 of which were in Starlight Black.
Starlight Black metallic paintwork, RGB numbered plaque (No. 71), Roger Becker signature decal, Performance pack, Sport pack, Touring pack, ProBax sports seats in black leather, Monochrome bonnet badge, Air conditioning, Traction control, Forged rims in satin black, LED rear lights, Alpine CD player with iPod connectivity, Cup holder, Leather transmission tunnel, Electric windows, Push button start, Alarm, Immobiliser, Tracker, Exige floor mats, Spare key.
For such a small car the S2 Exige has colossal road presence. The gleaming Starlight Black finish of this limited number example presents with a gorgeous metallic flake and barely a blemish in sight. At the front end you’ll be hard-pushed to find a stone chip, and along both sides the delicate fiberglass panels all remain in excellent condition. The stealthy aesthetic is accentuated with forged rims in satin black along with plenty of aerodynamic features that create huge downforce at high speeds. A total of just 15 UK-supplied cars were produced in Starlight Black.
The crisp cabin space remains feeling fresh throughout. The lightweight ProBax seats are upholstered in soft black leather with minimal wear. Leather trim extends to the transmission tunnel and gearshift/handbrake gaiters, all of which are damage-free. Looking further there are no unsightly blemishes to any of the exposed metal areas; even the passenger footrest is unscathed. In fact, aside from some expected but discreet marking on the driver’s doorsill cover, there are very few imperfections to report. The footwells are still protected by the original Exige carpet mats.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Sat beneath the sizeable intercooler is the Toyota VVTL-i (Variable Valve Timing and Lift - intelligent) engine. The supercharged 1.8 produces close to 260hp and is capable of rocketing the Exige from zero to sixty in little over four seconds. The engine compartment is immaculately clean with all components in excellent fettle. The car performs faultlessly and has been serviced seven times over its 14k miles.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The Exige sits on 17-inch ultra-lightweight forged rims in satin black. They remain in very good condition all round and are shod in a matching set of quality Yokohama tyres, each with ample tread remaining. The RGB also boasts AP Racing brakes for unbeatable stopping power on test. The calipers look great in black and present without any lacquer peel or damage to the finish.
The Lotus was first registered in March 2011. It was supplied new by JCT600 and has since covered a mere 14k miles. Despite its limited usage the car has been serviced annually, with the exception of 2016 (just 1,686 miles were driven between the services in 2015 and 2017). Present in the History File you’ll find the Lotus document pack with all dealer-supplied manuals. Also included are invoices, past MOT certificates, vehicle history checks, correspondence from Lotus, stereo instructions, and documentation relating to the tracker. The stamped service record is as follows:
15/04/2011 at 912 miles – JCT600 Lotus, Brooklands
27/02/2012 at 6,976 miles – JCT600 Lotus, Brooklands
07/03/2013 at 7,319 miles – JCT600 Lotus, Brooklands
17/04/2014 at 9,492 miles – QMECH Ltd, Lotus Specialist
02/05/2015 at 12,020 miles – QMECH Ltd, Lotus Specialist
04/04/2017 at 13,706 miles – Jon Saunt, Lotus Specialist
02/07/2018 at 14,613 miles – Jon Saunt, Lotus Specialist
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