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Spy Shots: Lotus to upgrade Elise and Exige with V6 engine?

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Filed under: Spy Photos, Coupe, Performance, Lotus

lotus-275101051913531600x1060.jpgA Lotus Exige-based mule has again been spotted out and about wearing tacked-on fender extensions to facilitate a significantly wider track than current versions. Sources suggest that this machine is drawing power from the same Toyota-sourced 3.5-liter V6 found in the new Evora due to the fact that this particular Exige had a very similar exhaust note to an Evora that was running nearby.

We're not so sure that stuffing the V6 into the Elise/Exige would be such a positive move given the extra bulk it would add. Newer direct inject injected and boosted inline fours can easily match the output of the V6 in a smaller package.

It's also worth noting that the reported sound of this mule isn't a guarantee of what's in the engine bay. After all, this is the company that invented active noise cancellation and is capable of producing almost any sound it wants from a car.

[source: Autocar]

Spy Shots: Lotus to upgrade Elise and Exige with V6 engine? originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 01 Jun 2010 09:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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