Lotus reveals Emira


Lotus Emira, 2021, front, overhead
Lotus Emira, 2021, First Edition badge
Lotus Emira, 2021, tail

LOTUS has confirmed the price and full specification of the new Emira V6 First Edition - the company's final non-electric model.

At launch the Emira will cost from £75,995 and it is setting out to rival the likes of the Porsche Cayman.

It will be powered by a 3.5-litre V6 engine sourced from Toyota and have a 0 to 60mph acceleration time of 4.3 seconds with a top speed of 180mph and is due for release in the spring of 2022.

A version fitted with a 2.0-litre Mercedes-AMG engine will arrive later in the year.

The Emira is the Norfolk-based company's new mid-engine premium sports car that builds on the legacy of the Elise, Exige and has been developed on a new lightweight bonded aluminium chassis.

Matt Windle, managing director of Lotus Cars, said: "The Emira is the most accomplished Lotus we've ever made, and to celebrate and reward our keenest early customers, we want to make the first cars extra special to own.

"The features have been carefully selected by our design team to make for a truly special and distinct First Edition."

The V6 engine - previously used in the Exige and Evora - develops 400 horsepower and is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with a visible gearchange mechanism and hydraulic power-assisted steering.

The car rides on 20-inch ultra-lightweight V-spoke forged alloy wheels which are diamond cut to create a premium two-tone finish although silver or gloss black versions are available as a no-cost option.

Two-piece brake discs with branded calipers are part of the First Edition specification as well as a tyre pressure monitoring system.

A six-speed auto option will also be available and while performance homologation is still to be completed Lotus says the manual version will have CO2 emissions of 243g/km which equates to around 27mpg.

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and satellite navigation are integrated into the Emira V6 First Edition, supported by Bluetooth and USB/12v sockets.

There's also a 10-channel/340W premium audio system which has been developed in partnership with British hi-fi brand KEF and includes DAB digital radio.

All functions are accessed through a 10.25-inch centrally mounted touch-screen, with driver feedback through a 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster ahead of the multi-function steering wheel.

Three more option packs are fitted as standard to the car with a Drivers Pack giving the choice of Tour or Sport suspension with Goodyear Eagle F1 Supersport tyres, or Sport suspension with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.

A Design Pack adds privacy glass, sports pedals, a black Alcantara headliner, and the choice of black, red, yellow or silver painted brake callipers. Lotus-branded footwell mats are also included while a Convenience Pack adds front parking sensors, rear reversing camera, rain-sensing wipers with aero blades, auto-dimming mirrors and a rear luggage storage net.

Options available at extra cost include the six-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shift at £1,800 and a Black Pack, which colours the roof, cantrails, mirror backs, rear Lotus badge and exhaust finisher which costs £1,200.

Production of the Lotus Emira V6 First Edition will start in the spring, with the i4 AMG-powered four-cylinder First Edition arriving later in the autumn.

An entry level Emira - priced from £59,995 - will be available during 2023.


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