Another day in Monterey, another debut from Lotus. Yesterday evening, the British sports car maker unveiled the stunning Evora GTE Road Car Concept, and earlier today pulled the wraps off the Exige Matte Black Final Edition, a special model reserved exclusively for the North American market.

This isn't the first time that Lotus has introduced a market-specific Exige with a sinister paint scheme. Back in 2009, the company released the Exige Stealth for Japanese buyers and Exige Scura for European customers. While those cars had track-ready features like launch control and variable-slip traction control, the U.S. version is mostly an appearance package with the addition of black Alcantara seats and a slightly upgraded motor on top of the matte finish. Lotus collectors might be interested in the exclusiveness of the car, though, with just 25 slated for production.

You can view our live photos of the Lotus Exige Matte Black Final Edition in the high-res gallery above.


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      Lonny
      • 3 Years Ago
      what's with the handle on the hood...can you hang it in your garage to save space?...fit 2 in 1 garage!
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        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        Except this isn't primer, it's matte black. There's a HUGE difference.
      jbm0866
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm getting a little tired of "black editions" that every carmaker seems to be getting into these days....and the primer look doesn't do much for me either.
      Agilis
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not liking this Matte black look because 1. It's very small/compact, and 2. Has way too many lines to be able to pull off this look.
      Matt
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't see what the big deal is... us rednecks have been using Rust-Oleum for years! Come to think of it, my Jeep's hood could use a coat, in flat black as it happens.
      chest rockwell
      • 3 Years Ago
      I saw the large pic before the article title and thought this must have been a Hennessey. It's probably not a good sign when you can't quickly distinguish cars that are ~$875K apart. I like the matte black though - quite a contrast to the usual blinding yellow, orange, and green ones I see on the road.
      kaneda
      • 3 Years Ago
      There's no denying how great matte black wraps a car...as some have mentioned, maintenance is a real issue. Color aside, the Lotus Exige is a wonderful car that is ABSOLUTELY OVERPRICED. This car, as seen, will bring a sticker north of 80K. The Exige used to be a 50K car. It's like they've tacked on an extra 10K for every 10 horsepower bump. Lotus remains a car company ignorant to the competition's pricing. When you are next to a lotus, the sheer size of the car connotes the value...these tiny sling shots CAN NOT be priced more than 50K if they want to lure in buyers. There's just not enough car there to justify the price. You end up paying for Lotus' debts and inefficient build process, not quality of materials. Can you tell I'm upset? I would love a Lotus, but every time I price one out, I'm left speechless and confused. Don't even get me started on the Evora and what an overpriced Slug that is...
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        Benson
        • 3 Years Ago
        Could be the fact that Lotus always had a long history of making unreliable cars. If you do some research on Lotus history before they chose toyota as their engine supplier, they were known for making cars that perform great but broke down like crazy. The whole world knows that toyota's engines are horrible performers but they are difficult to break down. The Lotus executives may have thought that their buyers wanted a sports car that did not break down within 10,000 miles.
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      Mpowered
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks sweet but its kind of a bad idea to get that car in black. It's already hard enough to see that thing on the road. And now you make it stealth? That's just asking to get it run over by a hummer.
      Matt
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it just me or does it look like a giant big toe with wheels.
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      Walter
      • 3 Years Ago
      Overused or not, that car still looks delicious.
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