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At the Frankfurt international auto show, Lotus answered the rumors from the sports car’s brand with the all new 2012 Lotus Exige S and the Lotus Exige R-GT.

The 2012 Exige R-GT signifies the return of Lotus to the world of rally racing by taking part in FIA GT category of the FIA Rally on asphalt in Monte Carlo, Tour de Corse and San Remo.

Lotus Exige 2012 R-GT

Lotus Exige 2012 R-GT

The look of the Exige R-GT is simply stunning, the car is powered by the same V6 3.5 liter supercharged engine found in the new Exige S, but as per FIA regulation, tuned to 298 hp with the 34-millimeter air restrictors that is in place to control the power; the weight too is increased to 1,200 KG to meet required specification.

Lotus Exige 2012 R-GT side view

Lotus Exige 2012 R-GT side view

“With the new R-GT rules in rally, it’s a very interesting time for us to return to the sport. Naturally our approach this time around will be different to when we won the championship with Talbot three decades ago but I think our philosophy is definitely the same, we want to compete and ultimately we want to win. Our new rally car, the Exige R-GT is a dream come true for those who are passionate about GT racing – this will be their car,” said Group Lotus’ Director of Motorsport Claudio Berro.

Lotus Exige R-GT rear view

Lotus Exige R-GT rear view