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LA 2009: Lawsuit-happy U.S. kills chances for Lotus Exige Scura, but we'll get something similar

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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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That matte black is definitely cool, but I understand the reasoning behind not bringing it here. I'd just be flat out pissed if my car got scratched or worse and couldn't be repaired.

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If you put a clear coat on it, then it wont be matte, it will be gray gloss.

As DF said, just put the matte on... no clear coat.

Matte is big right now, or as its called in the rat rod world 'suede'.

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As DF said, just put the matte on... no clear coat.

Matte is big right now, or as its called in the rat rod world 'suede'.

But if there is no clear coat, that's where the product liability is going to come from.

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But if there is no clear coat, that's where the product liability is going to come from.

Clear coat doesn't protect you from product liability.

If I buy a car with matte or clear coat, and it gets scratched... I can take it to get touched up at a reasonable price. In fact, I'd say matte would be easier to touch up that clear coat, as it has not depth.

That Lotus has a rubberized coating. Any damage requires the entire part to be refinished, at a much higher price. Thats the liability issue here... that a car is sold that cannot get cheap cosmetic touch up.

Of course, I would argue, that the fear of this aspect of product liability would have scared off the Aztek, Element and Avalanche with thier copious bare plastic. But I suppose that can be fixed or replaced much cheaper than this rubberizing technique on a Lotus part.

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