• Dec 3, 2009
Lotus Exige Stealth - Click above for high-res image gallery

We had a chance to chat with Lotus USA spokesman Kevin Smith at the LA Auto Show and he shared a bit of news with us. He confirmed that while we unfortunately won't be getting the limited edition Exige Scura/Stealth that debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show, we will will get something close. The problem is the special matte black paint on the Scura. We reported on the rubberized finish at the time after talking with Lotus vehicle engineering director Roger Becker. The matte finish can be marked up, and because of process used to apply it, it's not possible to do spot repairs on the affected area.

Because of the litigious nature of America when it comes to product liability, Lotus has apparently opted not to offer the special paint job. We will, however, get essentially the rest of the car including the new wheel design that debuted on the Scura. The rest of the mechanical bits are largely the same as the Exige 260 S that we had so much fun with a few months ago. Lotus is still finalizing the spec of the new limited edition model but Smith tells us that it will be available in four colors including Phantom Black. Approximately 20-30 units will be built for the U.S. market in two-to-three months with availability in early spring.



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[Source: Lotus]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not sure I buy the fear of lawsuit explanation. Britain is no less litigious than the U.S. And Lotus could simply write an exemption for paint into the warranty.
      Repainting is almost never done as a spot repair anyways. You usually have to repaint the entire panel.

      If this special paint process can only be done at the factory in England, repainting cars sold in the US would be prohibitively expensive.
      If the claims of radar/laser evasion are true they may be afraid of running afoul of law enforcement.

      Blaming the lawyers sounds like an easy excuse.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Whoaaaa!
      The first thing I thought of was Dodge Stealth.
      Wouldn't that be sweet?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because Lotus rebadges ridiculously bloated, overweight, over-teched cars instead of desiging their own lightweight, optimized cars?
      • 5 Years Ago
      How dare they call us litigious. That's libel. We should sue for defamation of character.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is badassss.
      If you sign a waiver can you still get it? lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      Everyone thank those ambulance-chasing, scumbag lawyers for this...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Go eff yourself.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The paintjob is stupid regardless of any legal situation. If you can't fix minor marks on the car, it's a problem. Don't try to blame your problems on lawyers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ^^^^^ don't forget to add constant CARB apologist......no matter how stupid the regulation.....
        • 5 Years Ago
        ^ Lawyer ^
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm with you ls7, the paint job is just idiotic.
        These lotus fans like to portray these cars as the best track toys, well, the best track toys are going to get a little paint damage, especially with sticky tires throwing sand and gravel up.
        And this kind of car doesn't sell at supercar pricing, it's not like a bugatti, so if you scratch the lotus, the owner doesn't necessarily have the funds to have the entire car repainted, where's if the buggati owner could have his car painted 1000 times and not even notice the money missing. Giving a regular car supercar paint doesn't make sense.

        And in an effort to see how many lotus lovers are here, i'd just like to say that i'd take a new grandsport or zo6 over this car anyday, both of which use regular street tires and will outrun the lotus in a straight line and a road track even with it's 3000 mile rubber.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wait until some mofo keys the car...
        • 5 Years Ago
        It is only a problem if you main interest is your car looking good. I think every un-repairable nick and ding is almost a badge for the owner, showing their car isn't an endlessly pampered garage queen. But I would rather drive a car than look at it, so maybe that is just me....
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm not a lawyer and I don't like lawyers.

        But this is a BS story. As mentioned above, what if I sign a waiver. I still can't get one then? They're only going to sell 30 anyway, they can't find 1 customer loyal enough that will agree not to sue them?

        They clearly have other reasons for not offering it but thought they'd sex up the story by blaming in on lawyers. I'm sure it'll play well with Clarkson.

        I'm just not big on liars. And not big on playing to stereotypes to cover for your lies either.
      • 5 Years Ago
      THIS IS WHY WE CAN'T HAVE NICE THINGS!
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1

        Tho I'm surprised nobody said it earlier!
      • 5 Years Ago
      To me, this could be one of the few cars that can pull off matte black. The gloss stripe prevents it from looking unfinished like most matte cars do.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because, clearly, driving this car is incognito as long as there's no stripe.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'd need a stripe delete option. Can't have anything reflective during my drug runs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks good, but it seems like a spectacularly bad idea to actually drive one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just slap on a Monkey Grip patch!
      • 5 Years Ago
      the rubberized treatment is rather silly, but the matte color is still fantastic looking on the car. Why can't they just sell us a special edition with 'normal' flat black paint?
        • 5 Years Ago
        because then it wouldn't absorb radar.

        there will be plenty of these in the states...imported by people with dubious intent.
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