Tokyo 09 – Lotus Unveils Exige Scura
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British racing car maker Lotus unveiled its Exige Scura at the 2009 Tokyo Motor show. Hethel based company specializes in designing and making light weight race cars of high-handling characteristics. Lotus Exige, also known as dark stealth, features a matte black finish with high gloss ‘Phantom Black’ stripes, along the length of the car. The word Scura means dark in Italian and it reflects the stealth character of the car. The graceful black theme is continued to the front splitter, side scoops, and rear spoiler that is made up of carbon fiber.
The dark theme is carried forward to the interior. Interior features carbon fibre seats and centre console. The carbon fibre components inside gets a high-gloss clear lacquer touch. The handbrake and gear knob gets an anodized treatment that gives an anthracite color finish. The wide use of lightweight carbon fibre components, seats and central console is to reduce the weight of the car. This makes the new car 10kg less than the 220HP Exige S.
Car gets powered by a supercharged 1.8-liter Toyota engine making 260 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque. The engine gets coupled to a lightweight six-speed manual transmission. The Stealth accelerates 0-60m/s in 4 seconds, and the speed tops out at 245 km/h. Despite of these impressive stats, the combined cycle fuel consumption is only about 8.5 lt/100km along with CO2 emissions of 199 g/km. The car also has other impressive features like a variable slip traction control that aids the driver depending on the track condition, a launch control system, two-way adjustable dampers and ride height adjustment to reduce the ride height.
Production of the Exige Scura will be limited to 35 units globally making it specially exclusive. Lotus will start taking up orders from 21 October 2009 in Europe, South Korea, Taiwan, South Africa, Thailand, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. Pricing starts at £45,000 in the UK, €61,885 in Italy and €61,200 in France. If the car gets introduced in the Stateside, we expect it to priced around $75,000-$80,000.