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2007 Lotus Exige S Coupe

Nobody can accuse the Lotus Exige S Coupe of not being a striking car. I’ve seen precisely one of these lightweight missiles in person in my entire life.

2007 Lotus Exige S Coupe

I would love to stumble into the lucky person that swoops this one up. I also really really want a Lotus Evora S, though – in case you want to donate one.

Highlights
Model: 2007 Lotus Exige S
Location: Nashville, TN
Miles: 38,000
Price: $79,999
Seller Type: Private Party
Listed On: Facebook Marketplace
Something Unique: built/tuned for an extra ~65hp in a car that weighs nothing!

What makes Lotus (Lotuses, Lotus’, Loti?) so interesting is their consistent use of Toyota engines for many years now. The use of a simply designed and reliable Toyota engine is the reason I may be able to sneak one into the garage someday.

I mean, it’s a Toyota, so it’s practical and will never break. Case closed. Almost as practical as this nuts Toyota Sera.

Toyota 2ZZ-GE hiding in there

The 2ZZ-GE engine could also be found in the Celica GT-S and I believe XRS trims for the Matrix and the Corolla. Unfortunately, I can’t claim to be an expert, without lying, about how swapping in a used 2ZZ-GE from eBay would go.

There are definitely options that look more like $2000-$4000 than triple that if you had something “more exotic”.

Stock, this car only weighs around 2000 pounds (around what some Smart Cars, yes those Smart Cars weigh) with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and its supercharger.

Power still appears modest at 220 crank hp and 165 lb-ft of torque, but that’s good enough for a 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds.

You’re going to have to earn that power, with an 8500 RPM redline! We’re getting close, at least in spirit, to inline 4 motorcycle-style behavior.

The price does strike me as a little bit high while scanning through Bring A Trailer but supply is generally so low, you may decide it’s worth it to pay a little bit of a premium. There’s a pretty extensive mod list that does sweeten the deal.

Performance Mods

  • BOE Racing 300 Kit (https://www.boefab.com/products/rev-300-tvs-lotus-supercharger)
  • Stage 3 Clutch (needed for the above kit)
  • Setrab Oil Cooler
BOE Fab REV300 Sample Dyno

Based on their sample dyno, the gains over stock are massive, around 65 wheel horsepower over where the stock power band peaks. This thing keeps ripping all the way to redline though, not tailing off like the stock curve.

The thought of banging off the limiter in first, second, and third in this car now has me prepared to take some equity out of my house.

Lotus Exige S Coupe side

Although the traction control system is there to help make sure you don’t bin it, it’s not super disruptive. It may prevent some gnarly slides, but even with it on, you can absolutely rip this thing through back roads. Or better yet, add it to your ever-growing track pack.

With the extra juice here, some wider rear tires, and that big spoiler, maybe you’ll still get some grip.

Exterior Mods

  • RWB-inspired widebody (molded seamless). This looks awesome!
  • Full respray factory titanium silver
  • Custom work Meister m1 3 piece wheels 24k bolts (TODO what this mean)
  • Nitto 555R tires
  • Carbon side intakes
  • BOE Fabrication Toe End links
  • Lotus Sport sway bar
  • sector 111 camber arms and shims
  • APR carbon adjustable wing
  • High beam/Low beam HID light conversion
  • Full Reverie carbon kit, new and uninstalled
Lotus Exige S Coupe parked

Interior Mods

  • Tillet B5 Carbon (Bucket Seats with adjustable seat rails
  • Pioneer head unit
carbon bucket seats

2007 Lotus Exige S Coupe Takeaways

Speaking transparently, it’s tough for me to assess this car’s worth. It’s a growingly rare and already unique chassis, and while there are cheaper examples, this one just looks amazing.

You combine that with some of the further weight reduction that’s been done, the sweet carbon kit included, and you’re probably looking at something one of a kind. There’s always value in that.

I wouldn’t put this in the great deal lane, but honestly, it can’t be properly appreciated from afar. This is a car you’re going to have to drive to know if it’s right for you.

If you do want to pick this up, you may need to join the linked Facebook group first but can view it here.

Do opposites attract? I don’t know if a Dodge Viper is the full opposite of an Exige but an a1.8-Liter 4 banger and an 8.0-Liter V10 are certainly two distinct approaches to doing silly things in your car. So buy both?