The Lotus Emira will finally reach the U.S. in the third quarter of 2023, two years after the slinky sports car made its debut.
A configurator is available on Lotus’ U.S. website, and it reveals that the Emira will be a bit more expensive than previously announced.
The first version to arrive will be an Emira First Edition equipped with an available V-6 engine. It is priced from $105,400.
It will be followed in the first quarter of 2024 by an Emira First Edition equipped with a standard 4-cylinder engine, which is priced from $99,900.
Previously, Lotus said the 4-cylinder Emira First Edition would start at $85,900 and the V-6 version at $93,900.
All stated figures exclude destination.
The First Edition treatment adds a number of extras as standard, including 12-way adjustable seats, Nappa and Alcantara trim, a KEF sound system, and the Lotus Drivers Pack with a track mode for the stability control, Tour or Sport suspension, and Goodyear Eagle F1 Supersport or Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.
It’s likely Emiras without the First Edition treatment will have lower starting prices.
The Emira is Lotus’ last car to be equipped with an internal-combustion engine. The 4-cylinder engine is a 2.0-liter turbo-4 sourced from Mercedes-Benz AMG. It’s rated at 360 and comes exclusively with an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic.
The V-6 is the familiar supercharged 3.5-liter engine employed in previous Lotus sports cars, including the Evora GT which was the last Lotus sold in the U.S. The V-6 is based on a Toyota engine and is rated at 400 hp. It has a 6-speed manual as standard but a 6-speed automatic is available at an additional cost of $2,150.
After the Emira, the next Lotus to reach the U.S. will be the Eletre electric SUV. It’s due in 2024 and will offer up to 905 hp.