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.
Porsche 911 GT3 vs Aston Martin V12 Vantage S on track
We test the new 991-generation Porsche 911 GT3 against the Aston Martin V12
Vantage S, the fastest ever Aston. Read more:
Porsche 911 GT3 review: http://bit.ly/1lBdJtm
Aston Martin V12 Vantage S review: http://bit.ly/1fWikjJ
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There are few things more evocative than a V12 sports car, but they are
becoming rarer and rarer. Fortunately, Aston Martin has stayed true to its
heritage and still makes 12-cylinder cars.
The fastest one is the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, which is now fitted with
a new Sportshift gearbox and adaptive damping for the first time. The
engine's been tuned as well- and it's the fastest production car Aston has
But how does it fare against arguably the most focused track-based sports
car money can buy: the Porsche 911 GT3?
To find out we took the new 991 GT3 to take on the Aston Martin in an Auto
Express video track battle.
Now into its 3rd generation ever since its launch in 1999, the GT3 has been
the benchmark for handling precision. The new 991 generation has 469bhp and
440Nm or torque from its 3.8-litre flat-six engine. For the first time it
comes equipped with a PDK dual-clutch gearbox.
The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S squeezes Aston's biggest engine into their
smallest and most focused sports car. With 565bhp and 620 Nm of torque, the
V12 produces more power than the Porsche, but the Aston weighs 235kg more
than the lightweight 911 - and for the first time, the V12 comes equipped
with Aston's Sportshift automated manual gearbox.
With soaking wet tarmac and near-freezing temperatures the cars faced the
toughest of challenges - but which one came out on top?
Well, the new 911 GT3 exceeded our expectations. The engine is astonishing,
the chassis is equally capable and the PDK gearbox has been improved and
it's perfectly suited to this type of car.
The Aston is great too - the V12 engine is packed with character and it has
a playful chassis. There's also no doubting how stunning it looks, but
against the stopwatch in wet conditions, the Porsche was 1.5 seconds a lap
quicker - and in our dry practice laps it was a full 4 seconds faster than the Aston Martin.
There really isn't any loser here. We're glad that both of these sports
cars exist and it's been a privilege to drive them.
Lotus Evora S review - Auto Express
We all know Lotus has ambitious plans in the pipeline, but the existing
line-up is still going strong. And the Evora S is the new pinnacle of the
current crop -- featuring a supercharged version of the standard car's
3.5-litre V6 for Porsche-beating performance.