Its cross-country journey begins in the Big Apple.
We already know how it sounds, its specs, and how much it costs. The Lotus Emira is not only the long-awaited successor to the Evora sbut also the carmaker's last dance with internal combustion. And what a way to end an era.
The Porsche 911 Turbo-fighting Emira has officially landed in the US with a VIP launch party in New York City. The Big Apple is the first of a 13-city nationwide tour it'll complete by the end of the year. The party was attended by Lotus's managing director, Matt Windle, invited media, depositors, and potential customers. Many of those who already handed a check over to Lotus saw the car for the first time in the flesh.
"It's fantastic to be with you in person as we kick off the Lotus Emira's official US tour," Windle said. "There has always been so much love for the Lotus brand in America, and over the next few weeks customers coast to coast are going have the chance to see what an amazing car the Emira is."
In fact, the Emira made an appearance prior to New York at the first-ever Fort Lauderdale Concours as well as Pebble Beach last August. The Emira making the cross country trip is, of course, a First Edition powered by a mid-mounted supercharged 3.5-liter V6 with 400 horsepower and paired to a six-speed manual.
Other standout features include 20-inch ultra-lightweight V-spoke forged alloy wheels with a two-tone, diamond cut finish, a titanium exhaust, and a choice of six exterior colors (Shadow Grey is pictured here). The interior is adorned with Nappa leather offered in several colors, or Alcantara with colored stitching. Lotus says there are still First Editions available, at least for the time being.
Following NYC, the Emira is heading to Las Vegas, then to Bellevue, Washington, Los Angeles, Austin, Naples, Orlando, Atlanta, Glenview (Illinois), Indianapolis, and then back to Manhattan before its final stop in New Jersey. Aside from Vegas, the car will be shown at those city's Lotus dealerships.