British sports car manufacturer will opt for Japanese power in its upcoming Exige. And the mill that will power the Lotus is none other than the RunX 180i RSi's 141 kW powerplant.

British sports car manufacturer will opt for Japanese power in its upcoming Exige. And the mill that will power the Lotus is none other than the RunX 180i RSi's 141 kW powerplant.


The Mark 2 version of the Exige will be launched officially at the Geneva Show in March. MG Rover K-Series engines powered the previous model, which ceased production in 2000.


The Toyota engine, which powers the RSi in South Africa and the Celica T-Sport in Europe, features variable valve timing and will be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.


Lotus claims that the Toyota-powered Exige will sprint from zero to 100 km/h in less than five seconds and will have a top speed in excess of 240 km/h. The use of the Toyota engine will probably be extended to the other models in the Lotus Elise range during 2004.