The second special edition Lotus has announced as a celebration of the end of production for renowned North American bound Elise and Exige models is called the Exige Matte Black Final Edition. This model will be limited to only 25 units, and will have a price of $69,900. It will make its first appearance on the US market within the Lotus exhibit on Peter Hay Hill in Pebble Beach.

As its name suggests, the 2011 Exige Matte Black Final Edition will be offered in an exclusive matte black paint finish combined with black Alacantara sport seats. It will be powered by a supercharged and intercooled 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 275 HP. Coincidentally, this engine is the very reason why the Exige model will be discontinued. According to Lotus, the 1.8-liter 4-cylinder Toyota 2ZZ engine that powers all North American Elise and Exige models is continually unavailable. Therefore, the production of this model will cease for North America by the end of August 2011.

UPDATE 08/18/11: The Lotus Exige Matte Black Final Edition that will be exclusively sold in North America officially broke cover at Monterey, showing off its stealthy matte black finish for all the crowd to see. Much of the information we’ve already detailed about the car appears to spot on, but we did add some new information on what to expect when you place an order for any one of the 25 units that’s going to be sold.

Hit the jump for details on the 2011 Exige Matte Black Final Edition.

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    mid-mounted 4-cylinder engine
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    Synchromesh six-speed transaxle with lockout reverse gear, variable slip traction control
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    1800 L
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This particular example actually has a predecessor in Europe called the Exige Scura Matte Black. But the good thing about the Exige Final Edition Matte Black is that it’s got some extra features on it that should make it a lot more attractive to customers, especially those that think that being a ‘final edition’ isn’t as important. Essentially, this model is pretty similar to the Exige Final Edition except for the special matte black paint this one comes in. In addition to that though, you’ll find that most of its features can also be found on the other Exige model, including a touring package with sport seats trimmed in black Alcantara, a track package with double adjustable Ohlins dampers, a torque-sensing limited slip differential, a specially numbered plaque to denote the car’s specific model number, and a set of black 5-spoke ultra lightweight forged wheels with A048 tires.

2010 Lotus Exige S

2010 Lotus Exige S
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Essentially the very same engine that Lotus will put into the other final edition Exige model will also be used on the matte black version. It’s a 1.8-liter, mid-mounted 4-cylinder engine that produces 257 horsepower with a Synchromesh six-speed transaxle with lockout reverse gear, variable slip traction control, and launch control.


The Exige S260 Final Edition Matte Black will be priced a little bit higher than the ‘standard’ Exige Final Edition model. Limited to only 25 units in North America, each of these 25 models will come with a standard retail price of $69,900.

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  (398) posted on 12.4.2011

I can’t see the exclusivity of this Exige. It was too aggressive to be an aristocratic vehicle. However, I have to agree that it really looks so impressive on its matte body paint, but its engine is still a disappointment on it

  (306) posted on 10.27.2011

It is absolutely very striking in its aggressive body design most especially on its front design. Even the engine of this one is quite impressive either, but I don’t think that it is enough for a sports car.

  (474) posted on 09.1.2011

I really like this car and i like the transmission Synchromesh 6-speed transxle with lockout reverse gear and variable slip traction control. But i don’t like the price of this car.

  (342) posted on 08.22.2011

I doubt if it will really be the final car of Lotus Exige. Yeah, they will end its production, but I’m pretty sure that just after a couple of months they will create another car that is almost the same with the looks and specs of Exige.

  (399) posted on 08.22.2011

Yeah, it’s a good thing that Lotus has made an continuous production for this vehicle. However, the figure performance of the car is kind of less powerful. it’s kind of similar with the power output of diesel-powered vehicle.

  (474) posted on 08.22.2011

Well, I would say that I’m impressed with the styling of the matte vehicle. I like the sporty of this car vehicle. Plus, the speed performance of the Lotus Exige is simply amazing.

  (314) posted on 08.8.2011

Aside from Elise, special edition Lotus created another special-edition car from Exige. Both Exige and Elise are great cars, so I’m sure that this final edition will surely be. The sleek exterior profile is really cool.

  (530) posted on 08.8.2011

Is that the official image of the car? I agree that it doesn’t change that much. The figure performance is just the same as well as the specs. I was thinking that they are going to offer something special since it’s there final production. It seems that it would be better to wait for the production of the New Exige.

  (474) posted on 08.8.2011

What I hate about the limited edition was it doesn’t have something special to offer! Well, the figure performance is the same as well as its specs. I think this is not the last time that we can see this production for it doesn’t as long as there’s an aftermarket version.

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