Drove one today, albeit for a short while, and got a demo ride with a pro driver on the wheel, wow oh wow....
In the showroom, it's plasticky looking, looks hopelessly impractical, and has "only" 200 odd horse power, but boy oh boy did I get excited even driving out of the parking lot.
It doesn't help when the sales guy sitting beside is shouting "GO ON, STEP ON IT!! DOWN SHIFT! DOWN SHIFT FOR THIS TURN!" and the engine noise drowning the entire cabin. While lifting off, the engine pop & burble just makes you feel like a kid again.
I didnt drive fast enough to get into any drama, but when the guy took over, I can see how I'd wrap the car around a tree or pole very easily if I tried to replicate his kind of driving.
The ride home on the S3 felt docile, super comfy...and dare i say, boring?
Many thanks to Mr OKB, Head of Division of Lotus Cars Malaysia for entertaining us on a Sunday noon. It's awesome when the salesperson is also a pro-driver, very refreshing compared to the usual audi/bmw sales guys.
end of rave.
*btw, the center rear view mirror on the exige s is rather pointless.