A Lotus Talk discussion board thread revealed the letter Lotus despatched to U.S. patrons who put in reservations for the coming Emira. The automaker revealed U.S. pricing; the V6 First Edition arriving in early 2022 starts at $93,900, and in late 2022 as a 2023-model-year-offering there will probably be a base four-cylinder Emira that starts at $74,900. Before the base I4 comes, the four-pot may also get a First Edition that we count on will elevate that $74,900 determine. Those costs do not embody vacation spot.
That V6 is not low-cost, after all, but it surely’s lower than the $100,000 price ticket we guessed at primarily based on the Emira’s European pricing. That launch automotive additionally comes nearly totally loaded, graced with the Driver’s Pack, Lower Black Pack (extra on that in a second), Design Pack, and Convenience Pack, plus elective 20-inch wheels with diamond-cut two-tone end and two-piece brake discs with branded calipers. It will not value something to swap the wheels for silver or black variations. The solely different big-time choices we find out about to this point are the $1,400 Extended Black Pack, which provides extra black accents in locations like the roof, mirror caps, and exhaust finishers, and the $2,150 six-speed automated to interchange the six-speed guide. But why would you get an automated?
The engine in the preliminary Emira is the similar Toyota-sourced supercharged 3.5-liter V6 discovered in the Evora, producing 400 horsepower and 310 or 317 pound-feet of torque relying on transmission — the automated will get the larger torque. The go-to competitors for the V6 model is the Porsche Cayman GT4, the German doling out 14 extra horsepower than the Englander for the similar claimed 0-60 time, whereas being about $8,000 dearer.
Next 12 months’s base mannequin will run with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder procured from AMG, producing 360 hp and shifting by way of a dual-clutch transmission. The four-cylinder starts at about $2,400 greater than the 350-hp Cayman S, however each vehicles will weigh and speed up nearly the similar.
The six colours out there now for the Lotus are Seneca Blue, Magma Red, Hethel Yellow, Dark Verdant, Shadow Grey and Nimbus Grey, however Lotus says extra colours are coming. Word is Lotus plans to replace its configurator on October 18, too, which ought to present a greater concept of what is going on to be doable.
The Emira will exchange each present mannequin in Lotus’ vary, the Evora, Exige, and Elise, and be the final new inner combustion sports activities automotive from the Hethel maker.