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Special Edition Lotus Exige Scura

October 20th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

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In some ways, all Lotus cars are limited-edition, in that they don’t produce hundreds of thousands of vehicles per year. Then again, there are some truly special models, like the new Scura, or “Stealth,” revealed yesterday ahead of the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show.

Just 35 examples of the Scura will be built globally, making this Exige exclusive extremely exclusive. It’s mainly an appearance package, however, with the vehicles mechanicals already deserving to be called special-edition.

It’s official unveiling is set for tomorrow, but yesterday’s press release reveals the car in all its matte-black glory. High-gloss Phantom Black stripes offer some muted contrast, while a carbon fibre front splitter and rear spoiler give a high-tech accent.

Inside, the Scura gets more carbon fibre trim and a corresponding weight reduction, cutting the 0-100kph sprint time to just 4.1 seconds. An anthracite anodized aluminum gearknob and handbrake lever help further push the dark theme, though the interior carbon fibre elements are finished in a gloss lacquer rather than matte black.

A number of Lotus options come as standard on the Exige Scura, including standard launch and Lotus adjustable traction control, Ohlins two-way adjustable dampers, and a track pack aerodynamics kit that generates about 90 pounds of downforce at 160 kph.

Pricing starts at £45,000 in the UK and about €60,000 in the EU and that’s only if you can get an order in quick enough.

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