The ‘dark side' of Lotus Cars is revealed. The new and limited edition - Lotus Exige Scura is named after its striking matt black and carbon fibre theme mixtured with high gloss ‘Phantom Black' triple stripes.

The new Scura (Italian for dark) will debut at the Tokyo Motor show on 21st of October. Limited to only 35 cars worldwide, the special Exige will be available for order as 2010 Lotus Exige Stealth or 2010 Lotus Exige Scura depending on the your location.

Thanks to its carbon fibre elements - front splitter, oil cooler inlet vanes, side airscoops and rear spoiler – the Exige Scura's weight is reduced with 10kg more than the factory Exige S. Born to race, the stunning vehicle is not only an instant eye-catcher, it's equipped with the most powerful engine in the Exige range, which is capable to produce 260 horsepower. With a top speed of 245 km/h, the limited edition Exige Scura/Stealth covers the classic 0 – 100 km/h sprint in 4 seconds flat.

The vehicle is further equipped with Launch control, Variable slip traction control and Ohlins 2-way adjustable dampers.

Roger Becker, Vehicle Engineering Director, highlighted the performance of the Exige Scura, "There are very few cars in the world that turn in the performance of the Exige Scura without the penalty of very high fuel consumption and emissions. As with all Lotus sportscars we offer the best of both worlds – a zero to 100 km/h time of just over 4 seconds and a CO2 figure of 199 g/km; all this is down to light weight and a strict adherence to Lotus' core brand values."