Lotus is one brand, we, Malaysian should be proud of.Even it is not a Malaysian company, Lotus belongs to Proton which is ou national car manufacturer.For the 2009 Tokyo Auto Show, Lotus will be introducing the Special Edition Exige Scura.Scura is Italian for “dark” and it’s clear to see why. The matt black finish with high gloss ‘Phantom Black’ triple stripes give it a kind of stealth bomber character.
The sports car features lightweight carbon fiber components such as a front splitter, oil cooler inlet vanes, side air scoops and a rear spoiler. The interior is also peppered in this material as far as the sports seats and the centre console.
Inside, the Scura gets more carbon fiber trim and a corresponding weight reduction, cutting the dash to 62 mph to just 4.1 seconds. An anthracite anodized aluminum gearknob and handbrake lever help carry the dark theme forward, though the interior carbon fiber elements are finished in a gloss lacquer rather than matte.
Power comes from a supercharged and intercooled engine that produces 260-hp at 8,000 rpm with a maximum torque of 174 lb-ft at 6,000 rpm.
The company claims a 0 to 100km/h sprint time of 4.1 seconds (0-60mph in 4.0 sec), a zero to 160 km/h (100 mph) in circa 9.9 seconds a top speed of around 245 km/h (152mph). Combined cycle fuel consumption is said to be 8.5 lt/100km (27.6 mpg US or 33.2mpg UK) with CO2 emissions of 199 g/km.
Other features include a launch control system, a variable slip traction control that enables drivers to tune the car to track surface conditions and their own driving style, two-way adjustable dampers from Ohlins that have 60 compression and 22 rebound settings and ride height adjustment to reduce the ride height from 130 mm to 120 mm.
Lotus begins taking orders from 21 October for Europe, South Korea, Australia, South Africa, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Indonesia and Malaysia.