Having previously been forced to get rid of the Elise and Exige from its U.S. lineup because of the expiration of a smart-airbag exemption coupled with Toyota ceasing production of the 1.8-liter engine found in previous models, the 2012 Lotus Exige S is set to make it stateside - although only as a track model. The vehicle is already available in European markets, and comes sporting a Lotus Evora S-derived 3.5-liter supercharged V-6 engine producing 345 hp, and weighing in some 300 pounds (136 kg) more than its predecessor.

The Lotus Exige S can go from zero to 60 mph (96.5 km/h) in 3.8 seconds, and has a top speed of around 170 mph (274 km/h). The stateside version of the car is expected to have the same Dynamic Performance Management (DPM) system as the European model, which allows the driver to switch between three different driving modes: Touring, Sport, and off. Since the U.S. version is set to be track-only, it will also likely include a fourth optional Race Pack function which offers better traction out of corners and a launch control system.

The U.S. Lotus Exige S is expected to be priced between US$85,000 - $90,000. Check out the promo video below for a look at the car in action.

Via: duPont Registry