“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”
This quote, by Friedrich Nietzsche, has for me, somehow always summed up the struggle of Lotus and their owners to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe of good and not so good rivals.
For example, there is always something about being a Lotus owner that can be lonely and sometimes frightened…but to paraphrase the last bit of the quote: But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning one!”
So guys let’s get into the new Exige S Automatic! It’s a manual paddle-shift with a six-speed transmission that integrates smooth and intuitive gearshifts with engine response and exhaust note. So we’re off to a good start.
The Exige S Automatic provides its driver with all round engagement and excitement and reflects the Lotus DNA of pure driving experience…yes, they’re allowed to get a bit over the top…as we here at ausauto, or should I say me…just loves ‘em-even if I did once own a 1972 Lotus Elite.
It looked real cool and the performance could blow most cars off the road, but in doing so it usually blew itself up via a leaky radiator or some massively expensive electrical boil over. And Nietzsche’s lonely and sometimes frightened bit was certainly a reality when stuck on a Welsh mountain road, on a very dark night, with a car that had pop-up headlights that refused to pop-up.
But back to the Exige S Automatic, which is said by Lotus to be for drivers who enjoy a more spirited drive (and good eyesight in the dark) with the gearshift characteristics having been calibrated to reflect the dynamic system changes that are activated when the driver selects either ‘Sport’ or ‘Race’ mode.
According to Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales, optimised gear selection and response deliver quicker all-round performance when a sportier experience is desired.
“”By introducing a paddle-shift, we have expanded the Exige product range to make it more accessible to customers worldwide. Now, customers who are more accustomed to two pedals and automatic transmissions can enjoy the unbelievable performance and handling of the Exige S without compromise.”
The new Exige S Automatic is currently completing its final stages of testing and is anticipated to exceed the manual variant in performance when it goes on sale in January 2015. So there! Let’s have no more silly quotations from some ‘obscure’ philosopher deriding one of the loves of my life.