Lotus launches Emira with world’s most powerful 4-cylinder

Lotus has unveiled the First Edition of the 4-cylinder version of its Emira sports car, featuring a host of desirable technology, infotainment and comfort features, plus unique badging. It follows the launch of the similarly named V6 model.

The new four-cylinder Emira is powered by a bespoke version of AMG’s M139 direct injection engine. It is manufactured specifically for this car and includes hardware changes to aid mid-mounted integration and new software to give it a true Lotus character.

It is the world’s most powerful four-cylinder engine homologated for road use, delivering 268kW of power and widely regarded as the world’s best i4 unit, with an enviable reputation for reliability.

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Using cutting-edge technology, it delivers outstanding performance for comparatively low emissions. The twin-scroll turbocharger with roller bearings is optimised for fast spool-up and minimum lag. The exhaust system is designed by Lotus and unique to the Emira.

Key to its appeal is the standard-fit eight-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) with paddle shift – a first for Lotus, developed in collaboration with AMG. As a First Edition, the car also features a unique engine bay cover and C-pillar badging.

The i4 version offers a high level of standard equipment and is available with a variety of ‘no-cost’ optional finishes and materials to enable customers to tailor the car to their own style. A number of additional cost options add an extra touch of personalisation.

The First Edition Emira 4-cylinder 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 in either red, black, yellow or silver – are part of the spec, as is tyre pressure monitoring. The car comes in six vibrant colours; Seneca Blue, Magma Red, Hethel Yellow, Dark Verdant, Shadow Grey and Nimbus Grey.

Exterior details include LED lights all round, a titanium exhaust finisher, heated power-fold door mirrors and rear parking sensors.

The Lower Black Pack is fitted as standard, which means the front bumper air blades, front splitter, side sills and rear diffuser are all in finished in gloss black.

There are seven interior colour choices too, 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.

Lotus Emira First Edition
Lotus Emira First Edition

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 are linked to the door mirrors (driver’s seat only).

Climate control, cruise control, keyless start, voice control and selectable drive modes are all included. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, supported by Bluetooth and USB/12v sockets.

Integrated satellite navigation is available in selected markets. 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.

Three more option packs are fitted as standard to the car, making four in total. The Lotus Drivers Pack gives customers the choice of Tour or Sport suspension, and the choice of Goodyear Eagle F1 Supersport or Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.

It also includes Track Mode ESP, with a new Track mode highlighted on the TFT instrument display screen which prioritises information required for high-performance driving.

The Design Pack adds privacy glass, sports pedals, a black Alcantara headliner and Emira-branded footwell mats.

The Convenience Pack adds front parking sensors, rear reversing camera, rain-sensing wipers with aero blades, auto-dimming mirrors and a rear luggage storage net.

For UK customers, the Lotus Emira First Edition (4-cylinder) is available to order from 8 April this year, and will be priced at £71,995. Australian pricing and final local specifications are yet to be determined, but should be available before month-end.

Separate to the First Edition models, Lotus has also confirmed that an extended palette of new paints will be available exclusively on the entry level versions of both the Emira and Emira V6 when they launch at the start of 2023, with further details yet to be revealed.

The Emira is the last petrol-powered car from Lotus before a thrilling new all-electric era begins on 29 March when the Type 132 makes its debut.

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