Lotus reveal details for the Emira First Edition
Those include prices, power outputs, colour combinations, and everything else we've been eagerly anticipating
By Shafiq Abidin
When Lotus announced that they'd pulled the plug on their current line-up, consisting of the Evora, Exige, and Elise, we were sat wondering just what they had up their sleeve. We didn't have to wait long to find out. The revamp is being led by their freshly forged Emira, which might just be the sensibly priced, two-seater sports car that we've been crying out for from a British brand.
Upon revealing the Emira, Lotus announced that it would be available with two engine options: the first of which is a turbocharged 2.0L four cylinder engine from AMG, which is said to churn out 360bhp. The one we're all really interested in, however, is the supercharged 3.5L V6 which will practically be the figurehead for their upcoming models. The one in the Emira is now known to produce an estimated 400bhp. That's going to be interesting, to say the least.
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Lotus have also confirmed that it will be a 3.6L V6 that will make its debut in the Emira First Edition, again reaffirming that the power output will meander around the 400bhp mark. It's also said to produce an equally joyful amount of torque, with the six-speed manual gearbox dishing out 310 lb-ft of torque, and the automatic variation increasing that to 317 lb-ft.
The Emira is also said to accelerate from 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds, whilst the manual will get there a tenth of a second later. Both cars will reach a claimed top speed of 180mph. It's also worth noting that the automatic transmission option with the paddle shifts will cost an extra £1,800.
The First Edition will also, as standard, be equipped with a set of lightweight 20-inch forged alloy wheels that will be painted in a stunning two-tone diamond-cut finish. You also have the option of respraying it in silver or gloss black at no extra cost, if that's what you'd prefer. Lotus-branded brake calipers, accompanied by two-piece brake rotors and a tire pressure monitoring gauge will also come as standard.
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Lotus will also offer you a beautiful range of colour options with the First Edition too. Those are: Seneca Blue, Magma Red, Hethel Yellow, Dark Verdant, Shadow Grey, and Nimbus Grey. Lotus also confirmed that the colour palate will be expanding at some point next year.
The Lower Black Pack, which adds a glossy black afterglow to sections of the front bumper, front splitter, side skirts, and rear diffuser, will be amongst the standard options on the Emira. There will also be seven colour options available for the seats and interior, including black, grey, red, and tan Nappa leather. If you want to spruce it up a little further, Lotus will offer a black Alcantara finish inside which can be detailed with red, grey, or yellow stitching.
Further notable inclusions to the standard Emira will be climate control, cruise control, keyless start, a 10.25-inch touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital instrument assembly, and heated seats with 12-way adjustability.
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Customers will also have the choice of three option packs to choose from. The Design Pack adds privacy glass, sports pedals, a black Alcantara headliner, branded floor mats, and brake calipers finished in either black, red, yellow, or silver. The Convenience Pack will include front and rear parking sensors and cameras, automatic rain wipers, auto-dim mirrors, and a storage net in the boot.
The third, and most anticipated option, is the Drivers Pack. It will add either a touring suspension that will be paired with Goodyear Eagle F1 Supersport tyres, or a sports suspension that has the critically-acclaimed Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. All three pack options will be hugely beneficial, and help really tailor the Emira to your specific needs.
Customer deliveries in the United Kingdom will begin in the second quarter of 2022, with prices for the Emira V6 First Edition starting at £75,995. The entry-level version is expected to hit the streets in 2023, at an expected cost of £59,995.