Resident racing driver Owen Mildenhall puts the new Lotus Exige S to the test on track.
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Lotus has taken its recipe of lightness and power to the extreme by fitting the 345bhp 3.5-litre supercharged V6 from the flagship Evora S into the lighter, more focused Exige.
The result is the Exige S. It's the only Exige you can now buy, and is longer, wider and more aggressive than ever.
Our resident racing driver and senior road tester Owne Mildenhall put the car through its paces on the road and on Lotus' famous test track.
Mercedes SL63 AMG video review - Auto Express
We travel to the south of France to test the lighter, faster, more powerful and more efficient new
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The Mercedes SL has always been a dream car, but it's the range-topping AMG
versions that have regularly appeared on the driveways of the rich and
This new SL63 AMG is lighter, faster, more powerful and more efficient
than the old flagship, so could it be the best yet? New editor Sam Hardy
travelled to the South of France to find out.
The new SL63 AMG is powered by a 530bhp 5.5-litre twin-turbocharged V8 and has a price tag of around
£100,000. Mercedes also offers a Performance Package, which adds another
£10,000 to the price, takes power to 557bhp and increases peak torque from
800Nm to 900Nm.
Bugatti Veyron Vitesse video - Auto Express
We test the new Bugatti Veyron Vitesse video on road and on
track - watch the results
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Driving any Bugatti Veyron is a once in a lifetime
opportunity, but the new Vitesse is the most exciting of them all. Based on
the open-top Grand Sport it's fitted with the more powerful 1,183bhp engine
from the Super Sport Coupe, and with the roof removed you feel millimetres
from the action.
Top speed is 255mhp, 0-62mph takes 2.6 seconds and if you want one you'll
need to find £1.6m.
So it was with some trepidation that we took the car for a blast on public
roads and had the chance to experience 200mph-plus on a closed track. Strap
yourselves in, turn the volume up and enjoy the video.
Lamborghini Huracan review
The Lamborghini Huracan is a glorious fusion of modern technology and
old-school Lamborghini theatrics.
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The new Lamborghini Huracan LP6104 has a big task on its hands.
Not only must it beat the Ferrari 458 and the McLaren 650S, it needs to
outperform the Gallardo - the car it replaced - in the showroom, as the
Gallardo was the manufacturer's best-selling model ever, with 14,000 sold
over a 10-year career.
Happily, the Lamborghini Huracan gets off to the best possible start.
Perhaps the design is a little conservative by Lamborghini's standards, but
in the flesh, the aggressive proportions, aggressive front end and floating
C-Pillar push all the right buttons.
Like in the Lamborghini Aventador, the interior of the Huracan pays homage
to fighter jets, with a flip-up ignition switch, angles everywhere and a
new cockpit-like 12.3-inch digital instrument display behind the wheel that
can be configured in a variety of ways.
The Lamborghini Huracan also gets a whole range of brand-new technologies.
For starters, there's this all new chassis which is made from a combination
of aluminium and carbon fibre. This makes the Huracan not only 10 per cent
lighter than the Gallardo, but also 50 per cent stiffer.
There are also new three-stage adaptive dampers, as well as a variable
ratio electro-mechanical steering system that varies the ratio on how quick
A new electronically controlled four-wheel drive system can send up to 70
per cent of the power to the Huracan's rear-wheels in normal driving, and
up to 100 per cent when you really need it.
Most importantly on the new Lamborghini Huracan, though, is a new,
seven-speed twin-clutch box that shouldn't feel like you're getting kicked
in the head every time you change gear.
Rather than downsizing or turbocharging,
Lamborghini has stuck to its guns by using a developed version of the
Gallardo's naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10.
The Lamborghini Huracan gets stop-start and a few other tweaks to make it a
little bit cleaner, but most importantly, it's now got 602bhp and 560Nm of
torque. It'll do 0-60 in 3.2 seconds and it has a top-speed of 202mph.
The Lamborghini Huracan's acceleration is pretty vivid. Perhaps it doesn't
quite have the free-revving nature of a Ferrari 458 or the turbocharged hit of a McLaren 650S, but it's
definitely lost none of the aural drama that the Gallardo had.
The biggest change here with the Lamborghini Huracan, though, is its
breadth of abilities.
It has something called the 'Anima' switch, meaning it has three driving
modes. In 'Strada' mode, it softens the suspension and dials back the
ferocity of the steering, the gearbox and the throttle.
'Sport' mode is somewhat of an interim mode and it's pretty good for
fast-driving on road. But since we're testing the Lamborghini Huracan at
the amazing Ascari circuit in Spain, it would be a shame if we didn't go
for the full-fat 'Corsa' mode.
Fling it into a corner and the steering is quite light, but it's absolutely
pin-sharp. In terms of feel, it's a bit like a Ferrari 458 and you can feel
the variable ratio really helping you out, meaning there's no full-opposite
The carbon ceramic brakes on the Lamborghini Huracan are standard-fit now,
and they're absolutely brutal in the way they stop the car.
With the four-wheel drive system, there's also tonnes of grip. However, if
you provoke the Huracan a bit, you can get it to act a bit like a
rear-wheel drive car.
Perhaps it's not as lairy as the Gallardo used to be - that used to like to
gets its tail out at the slightest provocation - but you can still have
some fun with this thing and feel it moving underneath you. The tech used
in the Huracan can also make a pretty average driver look pretty
The question is though, is do you actually want a Lamborghini that flatters
you and covers up all your driving mistakes? Some will say that a
Lamborghini should scare the life out of you and your passenger. Then it
should spit you into a hedge when you're not at the top of your game.
But, we'd disagree because the new Huracan is a glorious fusion of modern
electronics and old-school theatrics.
If you want something that drives like a pig and breaks-down every five
minutes, you can always take your £186,000 and spend it on something from
Lamborghini's back catalogue.
2012 Lotus Exige S
Stunning video from Lotus featuring Donato Coco, Head of Design and Matt
Becker, Chief Engineer of Vehicle Dynamics.
Lotus Exige S Roadster: Putting other Roadsters to Shame
The Lotus Exige S is an awesome car, but we wondered whether taking the
roof off has taken the edge off. Turns out... no. It hasn't.
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Race-Mode Race in Lotus Exige S vs F1 Driver - Fifth Gear
Vicki is putting the Lotus Exige S' Race-Mode to the test with a lap time
trial against Formula 1 driver and Lotus test driver Karun Chandhok.
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Lotus Exige V6 Cup - road car vs race car - autocar.co.uk
Lotus is on its way back, and the proof is the Lotus Exige V6 Cup - both in
street trim, the Cup S, and the Cup R racer. Steve Sutcliffe puts them to
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For most people, the standard Lotus Exige V6 would surely represent the
ultimate kind of sports car. It weighs little more than a box of feathers,
its interior is quite extraordinarily uncluttered by unnecessary luxuries,
and its supercharged Toyota V6 engine provides it with enough grunt --
345bhp -- to embarrass all but the most ambitious supercar drivers. Sutters
travels to Lotus' test track in Hethel to drive the Exige V6 Cup S road car
and the Exige V6 Cup R racer.
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The World's Fastest Lotus? - /TUNED
Frank Profera has spent six years making his Lotus go faster, stop shorter, and corner harder.
Though it only has to move around 2,150 lbs, Frank's Lotus makes 680 wheel
horsepower with a
twin-charged 1.8L engine; giving it a better power-to-weight ratio than
Mario Andretti's Formula One Lotus. It's an ongoing project that may never
be finished, because of Frank's never-ending obsession with speed. We had
to take it for a ride.
Lotus Exige S (2012, V6) Test Drive
A few edited down clips from my test drive in the new V6 engined Lotus
Sorry for the poor image quality in places and the squeaks and rattles at
low-speed (caused by a combination of my cameras IS system and the suction
A few links for those who want to skip bits.
Start of test drive: 0:35
Low speed noise: 3:00
Motorway cruising noise: 3:40
The Lotus Exige S is powered by the Toyota 2GR-FE engine with Harrop HTV
Many thanks to Bell and Colvill for the loan of this car for an afternoon.
2012 V6 Lotus Exige S : LOUD sounds!!
The all new Lotus Exige S 2012 in Motorsport Green with a friendly owner
making a lot of noise!
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