Lotus has confirmed the technical specifications and thus the price of the all-new Emira First Edition, with the sportscar tagged at a starting price of GBP75,995 (approx. RM435k). Production of the sportscar will only start from the Spring of 2022.
The big-bore Toyota 2GR-FE 3.5-litre V6 engine now develops 405 hp and 420 Nm of torque (automatic transmissions see an increase of 10 Nm), with boosting pressure added by an Edelbrock 1740 supercharger. Preliminary benchmark century sprint time is 4.3 seconds for the six-speed manual and 4.2 seconds for the six-speed conventional automatic.
Even with just relatively modest amounts of peak outputs, the all-new Lotus Emira is expected to hit a top speed of 290 km/h. For the Emira V6 First Edition variant, customers are initially offered a choice of six colours with more to be added later in 2022.
Exterior details include full LED lighting, titanium exhaust finisher, power-folding door mirrors and Lower Black Pack that applies gloss black to the aerodynamic pieces up front, side sills and the rear diffuser.
There are three types of finishing available for the 20-inch forged alloy wheels and customers can also select different brake caliper colours plus a choice of either Goodyear Eagle F1 Supersport or Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres with the Sports package.
A Touring package is also available to make the Lotus Emira more of a grand tourer, with the suspension set up softer for a more comfortable ride.
For the interior, there are seven colour choices with key touchpoints finished in satin chrome. Other features include a 12-way adjustable power seat with memory function, premium audio system from British brand KEF, 12.3-inch instrument cluster, 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment and a multi-function steering wheel. Visit the configurator here for the example of the interior themes.
For the drivers who prefer a lightweight four-cylinder behind their backs, be prepared to wait late until 2022, as Lotus is only planning to introduce the First Edition with the Mercedes-AMG sourced four-cylinder powertrain from autumn of 2022. As for the much talked about variant with an entry price of under GBP60,000 (RM344k), production is only scheduled to begin in 2023.
At this rate, not one but two fully electric Lotus models manufactured in China are scheduled to reach dealerships sooner than the “mass-market” all-new Emira, given the competitive and rapid pace of Chinese auto manufacturing.
Either pricing puts the Lotus Emira above the Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 (from GBP65k) and 718 Cayman T (300 hp, from GBP52.5k).