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Exige S240 or S260

I am debating to trade in my 997tt for a S240 or limited S260 for track usage. Much less power but thought it would be a better toy for the track. Any feedbacks or experience?
 
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For a track only car, I recommend the Lotus 2-11 otherwise the 260. However, the 240 is very easy to upgrade to 260hp
 
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True the 240 can easily be a 260. The upside to the 260 is the CF access panels, side panels, dashboard, roof, hatchback plus standard AP brakes and accusump. The suede door panels/seats/cetner console are nice as well. The downside is they are 85K. Adding 260 components to a 240 would work if the price was right on a used 240. I have seat time with both cars and they are both great. My only complaint with the 260 is the rattles from dash and roof. (tight fit carbon) Both cars are great so it all depends on your budget.
 
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Coming from a fellow Lotus owner (about to trade it in for a Porsche) go to www.lotustalk.com. Great group of posters there! Keep in mind the 2-11 has no roof so weather would be an issue. I would look for a used Exige 240 and mod it out for track use.
 

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The S260 would be awesome on the track.
 
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Coming from a fellow Lotus owner (about to trade it in for a Porsche) go to www.lotustalk.com. Great group of posters there! Keep in mind the 2-11 has no roof so weather would be an issue. I would look for a used Exige 240 and mod it out for track use.
how funny, i am a Lotus owner too... In fact I have two... an Elise and an Exige. If you are looking for a track only car, i would imagine weather would be the least of my concerns
 
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While I don't currently own two Lotus, I've owned 9 (3 Elise, N/A Exige, 07 Exige S currently, 2 S2 Europas, Europa Twin Cam, Turbo Esprit).

As several have said, the 260 is a bit lighter. While you can upgrade the power of a 240 to a 260, you won't have a 260. The 260 has a reinforced rear sub frame, nice touch if you're seriously tracking, and difficult if not impossible to retro fit on a 240. An upgrade in brakes, the accusump and a few other goodies.

240's are dropping in price, but there are fewer than 100 of them in the country (there are about 300 S220's, and about 300 N/A 06 Exige) so if 101 people want them, they will only depreciate so far.

Supposedly there are about 15 to 20 S260's in the country, and four or five of them are now in dealer's hands being sold as new but are the press cars. So while little mileage, they were hard miles. Still, their rarity and their being the ultimate street legal Lotus performance-wise means they still command a bit of a premium, and you can't be too picky about color.

I'd agree if you can afford and want a track-only car, and are serious about your tracking hobby, and have the coin, the 2-11 is the way to go. Just know that there is no way to talk your way into getting one registered in the US, should you ever be so inclined. Lotus requires an affadavit saying it will be for track use only.

No such problem with the S260, but be sure you get a street S260 and not one of the Cup Cars, as they cannot be street registered either.
 
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While I don't currently own two Lotus, I've owned 9 (3 Elise, N/A Exige, 07 Exige S currently, 2 S2 Europas, Europa Twin Cam, Turbo Esprit).

As several have said, the 260 is a bit lighter. While you can upgrade the power of a 240 to a 260, you won't have a 260. The 260 has a reinforced rear sub frame, nice touch if you're seriously tracking, and difficult if not impossible to retro fit on a 240. An upgrade in brakes, the accusump and a few other goodies.

240's are dropping in price, but there are fewer than 100 of them in the country (there are about 300 S220's, and about 300 N/A 06 Exige) so if 101 people want them, they will only depreciate so far.

Supposedly there are about 15 to 20 S260's in the country, and four or five of them are now in dealer's hands being sold as new but are the press cars. So while little mileage, they were hard miles. Still, their rarity and their being the ultimate street legal Lotus performance-wise means they still command a bit of a premium, and you can't be too picky about color.

I'd agree if you can afford and want a track-only car, and are serious about your tracking hobby, and have the coin, the 2-11 is the way to go. Just know that there is no way to talk your way into getting one registered in the US, should you ever be so inclined. Lotus requires an affadavit saying it will be for track use only.

No such problem with the S260, but be sure you get a street S260 and not one of the Cup Cars, as they cannot be street registered either.
I only pointed out that I had a Lotus was because the way the one guy wrote his post was like everyone elses opinion in here failed because he was a Lotus owner and we weren't...
I totally agree with the 240, it is cheaper and so easy to modify to be faster. It is always worthwhile to window shop at sector111 to get an idea of prices
 
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If track only a 255 cup is hard to beat. The 2-11 is great but is an open car. If dual use a 260 cup would be the best choice or upgrade a exige s 220.
 
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If track only a 255 cup is hard to beat. The 2-11 is great but is an open car. If dual use a 260 cup would be the best choice or upgrade a exige s 220.
I dunno. The S240's are coming way down in price, not a whole lot more than the 220's.

The 240's come with the track pack, upgraded brakes, launch control, upgraded clutch, full roof scoop, bit more leather/alcantara in the interior as standard, and 20 hp out of the box.
 
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Originally Posted by sandan03 View Post
I dunno. The S240's are coming way down in price, not a whole lot more than the 220's.

The 240's come with the track pack, upgraded brakes, launch control, upgraded clutch, full roof scoop, bit more leather/alcantara in the interior as standard, and 20 hp out of the box.
I HAVE SEEN S220's with several track related upgrades in the mid 30's. If you could find a S240 in the low 40's I would agree.
 
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I HAVE SEEN S220's with several track related upgrades in the mid 30's. If you could find a S240 in the low 40's I would agree.
Really? That's pretty amazing. I watch the market pretty closely, I've seen maybe one or two well worn S220's in the mid 30's, pretty lucky right now to find a good one at $37K, but can be done, most are still hovering very close to $40K, Yes , S240's have started to creep down into the mid, and in one case I've seen lower $40K range.

Next time you see a good S220 in mid $30K range, post up here!! It would be a great deal. Heck, while the N/A 06 Exiges can now be had for $30K and extreme cases for damaged/high mileage high $20's, many of them are still fetching mid/high $30K.

I would say that for now a mid $30K S220 is the very low range, and not the norm at all one would expect when going out shopping for one. A year from now, maybe. Perhaps over the winter.
 

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I haven't been following the market since I bought my cup car in February. I was looking during the end of 2009 until the beginning of 2010 over the winter. The price point of $37K for a nice 2007 220S is probably more accurate than saying mid 30's though I did look at a nice one asking $34K which sold before I had a chance to make an offer. When I was looking the cheaper 240S's were going for $50-55K. I paid less than that for my mint 255 Cup Car with 1200 miles on the clock. If you could get a S240 in the mid to low $40's it would be a no brainer.

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Really? That's pretty amazing. I watch the market pretty closely, I've seen maybe one or two well worn S220's in the mid 30's, pretty lucky right now to find a good one at $37K, but can be done, most are still hovering very close to $40K, Yes , S240's have started to creep down into the mid, and in one case I've seen lower $40K range.

Next time you see a good S220 in mid $30K range, post up here!! It would be a great deal. Heck, while the N/A 06 Exiges can now be had for $30K and extreme cases for damaged/high mileage high $20's, many of them are still fetching mid/high $30K.

I would say that for now a mid $30K S220 is the very low range, and not the norm at all one would expect when going out shopping for one. A year from now, maybe. Perhaps over the winter.
 

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