How would you spec your ideal Lotus Emira?
It's only been a few days since the Lotus Emira debuted; the British automaker's first all-new combustion sports car in over a decade replacing the Evora, Exige, and Elise. If you were thinking of placing an order, Lotus has already launched an online configurator, allowing prospective buyers to explore the plethora of customization options.
For the exterior, there are six color options to choose from: Seneca Blue, Nimbus Grey, Shadow Grey, Dark Verdant, Hethel Yellow, and Magma Red. We chose Dark Verdant, which might as well be called British Racing Green. To enhance the exterior, buyers can also select one of two black packs that darken the roof and lower body parts.
Lotus offers five stylish wheel designs including alloy wheels in silver or gloss black as well as diamond-cut, silver, and gloss black V-spoke forged alloys. The brake calipers can also be painted in silver, red, yellow, or black.
Inside, the interior can be trimmed in black, grey, red, or tan leather. If you prefer Alcantara, the material can be trimmed in black with grey, red, or yellow stitching. The steering wheel can also be trimmed in black leather or Alcantara, with grey, red, or yellow accents available for the latter.
As for the engine options, the Emira can be powered by either a 3.5-liter supercharged V6 that generates 400 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque or an AMG-sourced 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder rated at 360 hp.
Power can be sent to the rear wheels through either a six-speed manual with a limited-slip differential or a six-speed automatic. While the Emira starts a new chapter for the British brand, it's also the end of an era: this will be the last ever combustion-powered Lotus sports car before the automaker becomes an all-electric brand.
In its fastest configuration, the Emira will accelerate from 0-62 mph in less than 4.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 180 mph. If you want to see what the Lotus Emira looks like in the metal, the new sports car is making its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this week.