Pricing, power, all the details we've been waiting for.
It's been a few months since Lotus lifted the wraps off the Emira, the company's first new sports car in over a decade and the replacement for the Evora, Elise, and Exige. Since then, Lotus has revealed a hardcore GT4 racing version of the new entry-level sports car, but details of the roadgoing version were somewhat scant. Not anymore. The British automaker has revealed the full specifications and pricing details for the fully loaded Emira V6 First Edition, including how much power its V6 makes.
Originally, the manufacturer had confirmed a supercharged 3.5-liter V6 as one of two engines, the other being an AMG-sourced 2.0-liter turbo-four, but had not specified details on either, citing only a maximum horsepower figure for the car of 400 horsepower. It has now been confirmed that the 3.6-liter V6, which will power the First Edition, will be the one to make that figure.
In addition to 400 hp, the V6 will produce a healthy amount of torque. When paired with a six-speed manual gearbox, the V6 generates 310 lb-ft of torque while the six-speed automatic version increases the torque to 317 lb-ft. With more torque on tap, the automatic version will sprint from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds, while the manual version is a tenth of a second slower off the line. Both versions top out at 180 mph, but the automatic transmission with paddle shifters costs an extra £1,800 ($2,460). This means that, while the final spec is not confirmed, the 2.0-liter will produce 360 hp.
As standard, the First Edition rides on lightweight 20-inch forged alloy wheels with a two-tone diamond-cut finish. Silver or gloss black versions alloys are also available at no extra cost. Two-piece brake rotors, Lotus-branded brake calipers, and a tire pressure monitoring system are also on the standard equipment list.
Six color options are available for the First Edition: Seneca Blue, Magma Red, Hethel Yellow, Dark Verdant, Shadow Grey, and Nimbus Grey. Lotus says more colors will be available in 2022.
All First Editions are fitted with the Lower Black Pack as standard, which adds gloss black detailing to the front bumper air blades, front splitter, side sills, and rear diffuser. As for the interior, there are seven color options available at no extra cost, including red, black, grey, and tan Nappa leather. Alternatively, the interior can be trimmed in black Alcantara with red, yellow, or grey stitching. Other standard interior equipment includes climate control, cruise control, keyless start, a 10.25-inch touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and heated seats with 12-way adjustability.
Three more option packs are included as standard. The Drivers Pack adds either tour or sport suspension with Goodyear Eagle F1 Supersport tires, or sport suspension with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. The Design Pack, on ther other hand, adds privacy glass, sports pedals, a black Alcantara headliner, branded floor mats, and brake calipers finished in black, red, yellow, or silver-painted brake calipers. Finally, the Convenience Pack adds front parking sensors, a rear reversing camera, rain-sensing wipers with aero blades, auto-dimming mirrors, and a rear luggage storage net. Available for an extra £1,200 ($1,639), an optional Black Pack paints the roof, cantrails, mirrors, rear badge, and exhaust finisher in black. All these options can be viewed in an updated version of the Lotus Emira online configurator.
In the UK, pricing for the Lotus Emira V6 First Edition starts at £75,995 ($103,913), with customer deliveries starting in spring 2022. A cheaper entry-level version will also be available in 2023 priced at £59,995 ($82,025). US pricing for the Emira has not been confirmed yet, however.