The Lotus Emira, replacing the Evora, Exige and Elise, will likely be just as rewarding to drive as the outgoing cars. How can it not be? Lightweight, mid-engined and with the option of a manual transmission. These are the ingredients of a perfect sports car. For starters, Lotus will launch with the Emira V6 First Edition, powered by the Evora’s beloved 3.5-liter supercharged V6, which can be yours for $ 93,900.
That puts it slightly cheaper than a 2021 Lotus Evora GT, which starts at $ 99,150 after factoring in destination fees. The Emira V6 First Edition will develop a claimed power of 400 horsepower, have hydraulic power steering and a six-speed manual transmission with partially exposed linkages. The extra power comes from an Edelbrock compressor. It all looks super crazy.
Six exterior colors will be offered at launch (Seneca Blue, Magma Red, Hethel Yellow, Dark Green, Shadow Gray and Nimbus Gray) as well as seven interior colors (Nappa leather red, black, gray and beige, in addition to Alcantara black with red, yellow or gray stitching). There will also be a titanium-finished exhaust, gloss black front splitter, front bumper air knives, side sills and rear diffuser, and a 10.25-inch central infotainment touchscreen. The optional Drivers Pack offers you a Tour or Sport suspension with Goodyear Eagle F1 Supersport tires or a Sport suspension with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s. The automatic transmission can be purchased for an additional $ 2,150.
Lotus says production of the Emira V6 First Edition will begin this fall. After that, we can expect the first edition “i4” with the four-cylinder engine. And after this we’ll have the base version of the Emira in 2023, priced at $ 74,900. (All prices listed do not reflect destination charges as Lotus hasn’t listed them yet.) Lotus hasn’t mentioned any other details about this Emira base as well, so we’ll have to wait and see what that entails.
The Emira V6 First Edition’s price makes sense, as the Lotus is more or less a competitor to the 718 Cayman GT4. Both offer pure driving experiences that are only becoming scarce.
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