The Lotus Emira carries a lot on its young shoulders. The Emira, which was unveiled last July at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England, not only replaces the Elise, Exige and Evora models but will be the last internal combustion engine model to use the historic English problem.
Lotus has just released the European specifications and prices for the First Edition V6 version of the Emira, which will not be exactly affordable. The Emira V6 First Edition will be equipped with a Toyota 2GR-FE engine, a 3.5-liter V6, which instead of two turbochargers, like that of the new Toyota Tundra, is reinforced with an Edelbrock 1740 supercharger that leads it to produce generous 400 horsepower. The amount of torque produced depends on the transmission with which the particular model is equipped. The Emira with manual transmission will have 310 pound-feet of torque while those with the six-speed automatic gearbox will have an additional seven pound-feet of torque for a total of 317.
The torque disparity necessarily affects the acceleration of the two variants. The two-pedal version can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km / h) in 4.2 seconds while those who enjoy doing their own are penalized an additional tenth of a second. No one without a stopwatch off a track will notice. Both models will be able to reach a top speed of 180 mph (290 km / h)
The models First Edition They are configured with a host of accessories including 20-inch two-tone finished diamond-cut alloy wheels with pressure control system, an optional gloss black or silver look available at no additional cost, and custom brake calipers. Lotus brands are exclusive to the FE.
The Emira First Edition color palette consists of Seneca Blue, Hethel Yellow, Magma Red, Shadow Gray, Nimbus Gray and Dark Verdant Green launch color, and will feature the Lower Black package as standard, with Persioanas in the front bumper, the front diffuser, the side steps and the rear diffuser in high-gloss black.
As well-equipped as it may be, Lotus still offers options to Emira First Edition buyers like the Driver’s Pack that adds a Sport or Tour suspension setup with Goodyear Eagle F1 Supersport tires or a sport suspension with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubbers, and an appearance package that includes sport pedals, tinted glass, black Alcantara-coated roof, and yellow, red, silver or black painted brake calipers. Finally, a convenience package adds front and rear parking sensors, a backup camera – which by law is mandatory in the United States – a net for storage of loose objects in the rear, mirrors with automatic dimming and automatic windshield wipers.
The Lotus Emira First Edition will cost £ 75,995 in the UK (the equivalent of $ 103,800) to which should be added £ 1,800 ($ 2,460) for those who opt for the automatic transmission. In Germany, pricing starts at 95,995 euros ($ 112,590) plus 1,370 euros ($ 1.606) for the automatic transmission.
Prices for the United States and China will be announced later, but we already know the neighborhood they roam in our territory.
Although the Emira marks the end of the history of internal combustion engines at Lotus, this is only the beginning of its history. In the fall of 2022, the Mercedes-AMG powered four-cylinder turbo version will debut, which with a maximum output of 421 horsepower is currently the most powerful four-cylinder engine in automotive history. Lotus has not confirmed the power of the version that will get shelter behind the seats of the Emira, but it will not be a small thing.