Our objective when designing the ALIAS23 air intake upgrade for the Lotus Exige V6 was to create something that was a simple bolt on which increased throttle response and enhanced aural driving experience.
NOTE: Our V2 design has been developed to improve the consistency of airflow with integrated air straightener. However there is a version of the Lotus OEM ECU Map (there are many) which may not adapt and throw an EML light which is your risk. No refunds are applicable for this last production run.
Since the launch of first production run, we've had great customer feedback (see product images) and a lot of fun hassling some of the bigger powered Exige 430 Cups and Sport 410s on track :)
Note: All testing has been conducted on the Exige V6S and Sport 350 (standard car) using 99 Octane petrol in UK climate conditions. We have not tested the intake with aftermarket manifolds to which we would typically expect an ECU remap to be required.
Installed it myself took couple of hours following instructions carefully.
Ran it in as guided. You could hear engine breathing which is more assuring than no sound as stock.
Then put foot down and wow the removal of restricted OEM air box make massive difference engine much more free revving and acceleration definitively faster than with stock. Sounds amazing.
Frees up space in the engine bay, removes bulky air box. Subtle charger whine on heavy load but not too loud. Nice simple design and a doddle to install.
I managed to buy the very last air intake (about six weeks ago) but due to life getting in the way only just managed to install it this weekend. The install was very easy thanks to the detailed guide and everything went smoothly.
I let the car idle on my drive for 10 minutes as advised and went for a steady 20 mile drive with no issues or error lights. I then started to build up the revs on the 20 mile trip back home until getting to full throttle and what a noise from the supercharger. Me and my son had a massive smile on our faces and not only that the throttle response (something I had forgotten would chnage) transforemd the car completely.
Thank you for making this intake. I love my exige even more now.
Hi, is there any chance to take an order soon?
Well what more can I say that the others haven't already? :) What a product and what a difference this has on opening up the supercharger whine! It's addictive! Throttle response is improved and I'm sure the stock exhaust on my Sport 350 is louder and gruntier too. This is such an excellent mod/upgrade!
OEM+ finish, looks great, sounds brilliant and has had many track miles now with not a single fault.
Brought the Induction kit off the back of the other reviews I read. Delivery was quick and to my door. Had it fitted by Central Lotus in Nottingham and the performance and sound left me extremely happy. Thanks again
Love the minimalistic look of the intake design. Great quality and seductive sound!
Awesome bit of kit , can definitely feel throttle response is better and the supercharger whine is ohhhhh myyy god , had it fitted same time as my 2bular exhaust , outstanding combination love it
Really nicely made product. Definitely gives a better induction noise and throttle response
This thing is awesome. It's the single-best mod I've made to my Exige V6. The V2 pipe seems to make the car pop on upshifts, and having tested it in 40 degree heat on a 3400 mile trip around Spain in August 2020, I can confirm it's exceptionally durable, and showed no fault codes at all. The car has very solid power throughout the rev-range, and feels very linear all the way to the top end.
Cracking piece of kit, very well put together, easy instructions even for a novice like me.
On the car the supercharger noise is more pronounced and the mid range punch is something else, a very worthwhile upgrade that can be removed easily on sale if needed.
Ask anyone who has one, no one says they wished they had not done it - well done Imran.
My air Intake kit and silicone induction elbow arrived to me in good time, and upon opening the packaging, I was greeted with a well packed product and clear instructions. Each component provided displays quality, and I was particularly impressed with the crackle finish of the intake pipe. Just the 'OEM+' product I was after.
If one wanted some extra hints and tips, over and above what's provided, Alias23 has an up-to-date website and informative youtube channel where the products are demonstrated. I also have every faith that if I needed it, I would be able to get specific queries answered directly from the supplier. An advantage of a small home-grown parts developer, catering specifically for our vehicle.
With that said, the boxed instructions were perfect, and I believe anyone with basic tools and confidence to complete minor jobs on their car can fit the kit with ease (any Lotus owner, essentially). Given the correct access around the car, and small hands, I was able to make the job a little easier by avoiding having to remove the nearside wheel and arch liner. After what was a very straight forward installation and a small amount of fine adjustment to adjust position, I was left with a very smart looking intake kit, and a heap of heavy and convoluted OEM intake system removed from the car. It's no wonder the car sounds so muted as standard when you see what is removed!
Be very careful to complete the 10mins or so of idling the instructions insist on before you take the car out for a road test. I understand this will avoid a MIL light illuminating before the ECU has had the chance to adjust to the new intake. Once I had done this, I was able to take the car out for a drive to make sure everything was as it should be, and see what the fuss really was about!
I needn't have had any concerns, as the intake kit really has given the car a massive amount of character inside the cabin, without any additional noise from the outside (great for regular track drivers). On small throttle openings, the additional 'gulping' noise is evident from shorter airpath, but, I guarantee you won't be ready for the laugh-out-loud reaction you or your passenger will make when you put your foot down. Any Series 2 Exige owner will be familiar with the banshee supercharger whine emitted from those cars. As a past S2 owner myself, I was really please to hear this crazy noise is realised with the Alias23 Exige V6 S3 intake kit. The drama unleashed really is something, and I never fail to have a smile on my face as I'm encouraged to give the engine a proper workout just to hear the sound from the new intake. It's given my Exige a whole new character after (at time of fitting) 4 years of ownership.
Away from the noise itself, I am absolutely convinced the car feels more spritely, which appears to be evidenced from other owners' experiences from independent dyno tests. I didn't buy this kit for additional power, but I'm very happy to confirm better throttle response and urge from the car. I'd put good money my Exiges is putting out healthy power, at least now making book figures (these cars notoriously test as under what Lotus claims).
The product is clearly a labour of love, and represents a huge amount of development from Alias23. I'm more than happy to reap the rewards from their efforts, and I place this kit high up on the 'bang for buck' ratio. I have now seen that this product has been improved further with a V2 iteration, typical of the perfection Imran is after from any of his products.
Love it...feels faster, brings a awesome supercharger sound and a clean engine bay with less weight.