Compared to the Lotus Elise, the Cup 260 has more power and a higher top speed (189 mph/305 kmh), although it has a slightly less responsive handling than it and a significantly weaker nitrous boost than the Chevrolet El Camino SS. Due to its low weight, the steering has a lot of feedback and requires little braking efforts in slow corners.
However, this trait also affects its ramming capabilities. In collisions, it feels very unstable and can be easily forced to stop. Therefore the Exige is best used in races only, where its driving capabilities are up to par with the fastest Class B cars.
The Adrenaline style is an art director car that costs 3200. It was initially made available on December 5th, 2011 as a top-up gift, and was later made available in the car dealer through a series of limited time offers from September 5th, 2012 onwards.
The Lotus Exige Cup 260 appears in Need for Speed: The Run as a Tier 3 car and in higher tiers with better performance. The standard variant is already available from the start.
The Exige Cup 260 performs similarly in Need for Speed: The Run as in Need for Speed: World, being an agile, small yet powerful vehicle. In the career mode of the 3DS and Wii releases of Need for Speed: The Run, the player has to use the Exige Cup 260 as their starter car.
The Tier 4 variant of the Exige, the NFS Edition, is unlocked upon beating beating five objectives in the Exotic Playlist. The engine of the NFS Edition produces 384 bhp at 8,000 rpm. It counts as one of the fastest accelerating cars due to possessing a 0 to 60 mph time of 3,8 seconds. Its handling is rated "Easy" although its top speed (187mph/301kmh) is considerably lower than seen by most cars.
The F.T.D. Signature Edition is the Tier 5 variant of the Exige Cup 260, which can only be received by the player as a rare bonus wheel reward. It has 473 bhp at 8,000 rpm and a top speed of 213mph (343kmh). The F.T.D. has a decent acceleration time of 3.5 seconds and an "Easy" handling rating.