Lotus has announced some extra goodies as standard for the 2015 Exige S as well as an automatic option with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters to further enhance its track day authenticity.

The Race Equipment Pack (previously an option) will come as standard on the 2015 range, with both coupe and roadster priced at $132,990 in manual form or $137,990 with the self-shifting gearbox (plus on-road costs).

The automatic, already available in the British manufacturer’s homeland, will snip 0.1sec off the track car-come-road-vehicle’s 0-100km/h sprint time, which is completed in just 3.9sec. The racing-style paddles are sure to keep those lap-time braggarts happy, as testing around Lotus’s Hethel track recorded the same time as the manual shifter.

Apart from expanding the possible consumer base beyond those handy with throwing the stick, the paddles will allow enthusiastic driver’s a continued positive grip on the wheel while driving the car at a more spirited pace. Given the Exige’s epic ability to stay glued on the tarmac through corners, this could be a very good thing.

The other update to this year’s Exige S is the inclusion of the Race Pack, which sees a more track oriented arrangement to the vehicle’s setup. The Lotus Dynamic Performance Management system provides four different modes that tailor the response of the Exige S to different road or race track conditions.

The suspension is further customised to match the optional Pirelli Trofeo tyres, launch control allows for optimised take off while the exhaust bypass valve exacerbates the raw pellucid note of the supercharged 3.5 litre V-6.

 

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