Lotus Cars will be unveiling its Exige Scura special edition model at the upcoming Tokyo International Motorshow on October 21, 2009. Scura, which means "dark" in Italian, features a matt black and carbon fiber theme. This new special edition model from Lotus induces a craving to 'indulge your dark side'. The soft-feel matt black finish of the Exige Scura is contrasted by high gloss 'Phantom Black' triple stripes that flow across the length of the car.
It also dons a carbon fiber front splitter, side airscoops, rear spoiler and oil cooler inlet vanes – all contributing to distinguishing the different textures that define the Exige Scura. Of course, the 'Scura' theme is also present in the interior.
Lotus extensively used carbon fiber in the cabin of the car – like the seats and center console -- not only to reduce weight, but also to reflect the exterior theme. All carbon fiber interior components are finished in high-gloss clear lacquer to allow the weave to remain exposed, providing the cabin with a raw yet racy ambiance. Moreover, the car's handbrake and gear knob feature a special anodized treatment, giving the metal an anthracite color finish.
As remarkable as the Exige Scura's exterior and interior appearance is, its racing character is equally impressive. Every aspect of this model exudes confidence, power and sophistication. Serving as the core of the new Exige Scura is the most powerful engine in the Exige range that generates 260PS. This engine allows the Exige Scura to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds and reach a top speed of around 245 km/h.
Despite these thrilling performance figures, the new Exige Scura features decent fuel economy numbers at 8.5 liters/100 km on Official European Combined Cycle figure (6.5 liters/100 km on the Official European Extra Urban Cycle) and carbon dioxide emission rates of 199 g/km. Featuring a performance higher and a weight lower than the production level Exige S, the Exige Scura is ought to be piloted by a serious driver.
Offered as standard equipment on the Exige Scura is launch control that guarantees its optimum performance from a standing start. It also features, as standard, variable slip traction control that allows owners to tune the Exige Scura according to track surface conditions and driving styles. Moreover, the new Exige Scura is specified with Ohlins two-way adjustable dampers that allow owners to customize the car's ride and handling characteristics to suit their preferences.
Roger Becker, Vehicle Engineering Director, noted that only a few cars could match the performance level of the Exige Scura compromising fuel consumption and emissions. He added that Lotus offers the best of both worlds – high performance and low emission levels – by making its vehicle light and by strictly adhering to Lotus' core brand values.
Lotus only plans to produce 35 examples of the Exige Scura globally, which means that the car will be an exclusive piece of science and art. Interested buyers could start placing their orders for the Lotus Exige Scura starting October 21, 2009. The special edition model will be available in Europe, Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and New Zealand.
It will also be available in Japan as the Lotus Exige Stealth. Luke Bennett, Director of Lotus Cars, described the new Exige Scura as a stunning vehicle offering an adrenaline-fueled experience. He noted that their Exige customers pick Lotus because the brand is able to deliver a thrilling performance and dynamic design.