LOTUS Cars Australia has confirmed the price and specs of the Emira V6 First Edition that’s headed down under. The car, fully optioned with a host of desirable technology, infotainment and comfort features, will hit the market at $184,990 plus on-roads.
Building on the legacy of the Elise, Exige and Evora, the Emira represents a quantum leap forward for Lotus. Those instantly recognisable brand signatures and core values have been combined with a paradigm shift in levels of practicality, comfort, functionality and technology.
The Emira has been developed on a new lightweight bonded aluminium chassis – technology pioneered by Lotus and which remains an intrinsic part of the company’s sports car DNA.
As with UK specification cars, the Australian V6 First Edition cars will come standard with four option packs. The Lower Black Pack adds front bumper air blades, front splitter, side sills and rear diffuser finished in gloss black.
A Drivers Pack gives the choice of Tour or Sport suspension with Goodyear Eagle F1 Supersport tyres, or Sport suspension with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.
The Design Pack adds privacy glass, sports pedals, a black Alcantara headliner, and the choice of black, red, yellow or silver painted brake callipers. Lotus-branded footwell mats are also included.
Finally, a Convenience Pack provides front parking sensors, rear reversing camera, rain-sensing wipers with aero blades, auto-dimming mirrors and a rear luggage storage net.
Powering the V6 First Edition is the much-loved and Lotus-honed 3.5-litre supercharged V6 engine, mid-mounted behind the two seats.
Developing 294kW, it’s mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with a visible gearchange mechanism and hydraulic power-assisted steering.
The car rides on 20-inch ultra-lightweight V-spoke forged alloy wheels. They’re diamond cut to create a premium two-tone finish, though silver or gloss black versions are available as a no-cost option.
Two-piece brake discs with branded callipers are part of the First Edition spec, along with a tyre pressure monitoring system.
The First Edition comes in one of six vibrant paint colours; Seneca Blue – which was seen at the car’s launch in July – plus Magma Red, Hethel Yellow, Dark Verdant, Shadow Grey and Nimbus Grey. More colours will be available during 2022 for non First Edition cars.
Exterior details include LED lights all round, a titanium exhaust finisher, heated power-fold door mirrors and rear parking sensors.
There are seven interior colour choices, all available at no extra cost. They are red, black, grey and tan Nappa leather, as well as black Alcantara with either red, yellow or grey stitching.
Satin chrome trim finishers, white interior mood lighting and Lotus-branded sill kick plates complete the premium look.
The heated seats feature 12-way adjustability and two memory pre-sets linked to the door mirrors (driver’s seat only). Climate control, cruise control, keyless start and selectable drive modes are all included.
Satellite navigation will be delivered via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which are integrated into the Emira V6 First Edition, supported by Bluetooth and USB/12v sockets.
The 10-channel/340W premium audio system has been developed in partnership with respected British brand KEF and includes DAB digital radio.
All functions are accessed through a 10.25-inch centrally mounted touch-screen, with driver feedback through a 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster ahead of the multi-function steering wheel.
A small number of cost options are available for selection at the time of ordering, including a six-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shift, an extended version of the black pack, a full Alcantara steering wheel or a full leather steering wheel.
Homelink (wireless garage opener) and a Scorpion vehicle tracker can also be optioned.
Customer deliveries of Australian Lotus Emira V6 First Edition cars are expected to commence from July 2022. Delivery dates for the i4 First Edition have yet to be finalised but are likely to commence in quarter 1 of 2023.
An entry level Emira i4 won’t be seen in Australia until later in 2023, but is expected to be priced around $150,000. For customers keen to configure there Emira V6 First Edition, an updated configurator will be available at www.lotuscars.com in the coming days.