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The original Exige was launched in 2000 and had a 1.8 litre Rover K Series engine. It produced 170 bhp in standard form and 190 bhp in the VHPD version. Compared to the Elise, it had wider wheelarches, a front splitter, a large rear aerofoil and a glass fibre body.
In February 2005 Lotus Cars Plc announced a limited production run of 50 Exiges, using the Toyota engine with a supercharger, that increases the power output to 243 bhp. These vehicles are only available in Yellow or Black, representing the colours of Lotus Sport. They have a projected 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds and 0-100 mph of 9.9 seconds, with a top speed of 155 mph at a cost of £44,000.00.
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