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Lotus Oz reveals all Emira prices
Local deliveries of AMG-powered sportscar to begin Q2 2023
1 Apr 2022
By MIKE FOURIE
LOTUS Australia has announced pricing for its base- and First Edition Mercedes-AMG four-cylinder-powered and base-spec V6 Emira variants. Although its V6-powered equivalent will arrive Down Under quite soon (in July), the I4 First Edition version will only land here in about a year’s time.
Last month, GoAuto published details of the new four-cylinder Emira, which features a bespoke version of Mercedes-AMG’s M139 2.0-litre direct-injection turbo-petrol engine. The more expensive First Edition versions of the I4 ($177,990, plus on-road costs) will arrive here between April and June in 2023, while production of the Aussie-bound units is scheduled to start early next year.
Lotus Cars Australia, whose first allocation of 120 V6 First Edition cars are already spoken for, this week said that demand for the I4 First Edition had been equally strong – with deposits taken for about 70 per cent of the anticipated Australian allocation. Deposits for base-edition cars ($155,990 for the I4, $169,990 and $173,990 for the V6 manual and V6 automatic) had also been received.
For reference, the Emira V6 First Edition (powered by a Toyota-sourced supercharged 3.5-litre petrol engine developing 298kW/420Nm) retails for $184,990 before on-road costs and options.
Aficionados will recognise the I4 First Edition’s motor as the one that propels Mercedes-AMG’s A45, CLA45 and GLA45 models; it is still the world’s most powerful four-pot homologated for road use with its sky-high specific output of 155kW/litre.
For the Emira, the 268kW motor, which utilises a twin-scroll turbocharger with roller bearings for faster spool-up and minimum lag, has been adapted for a mid-mounted installation and Lotus has designed an exhaust system specifically for its sportscar.
What’s more, it’s paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT) – a first for Lotus – augmented with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.
“It’s a bespoke rear-wheel-drive variant of the transmission (developed by Lotus in collaboration with AMG),” said Lotus Cars director of vehicle attributes, Gavan Kershaw.
“On top of that, the gearshift strategy has been defined by the Hethel team as part of the car’s performance attributes.”
Four-cylinder First Editions come equipped with LED lights, heated power-folding side mirrors, specific C-pillar badging and engine-bay cover, a titanium exhaust finisher and rear parking sensors.
The Lower Black Pack is fitted as standard on this variant, which means the Emira’s front bumper air blades, front splitter, side sills and rear diffuser are all finished in gloss black.
It rides on 20-inch ultra-lightweight V-spoke forged alloy wheels, which are diamond-cut to create a premium two-tone finish, although silver or gloss black versions are available as no-cost options, Lotus Cars said.
Two-piece brake discs – with branded calipers in either red, black, yellow or silver – are part of the First Edition spec, as is a tyre-pressure monitoring system.
A choice of six exterior colours is available: Seneca Blue, Magma Red, Hethel Yellow, Dark Verdant, Shadow Grey and Nimbus Grey, while there are various interior hues to choose from (at no extra cost): red, black, grey and tan Nappa leather, as well as black Alcantara with red, yellow or grey stitching.
The heated front seats are 12-way electrically adjustable, with two memory presets (linked to door mirror positions) for the driver.
Climate and cruise control, keyless start, voice control and selectable drive modes are provided, while satin chrome trim finishers, white ambient lighting and Lotus-branded kick plates complete the look.
The Emira’s 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment array is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible, supports Bluetooth telephony and audio streaming and is supported by USB and 12V sockets, while integrated satellite navigation will be available in selected markets
Complementing the central screen is a 12.3-inch TFT digital instrument cluster ahead of the multi-function steering wheel.
The 10-channel/340W premium audio system, meanwhile, has been developed in partnership with British brand KEF and includes digital radio reception.
Another three option packs are fitted as standard to the car (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 that prioritises information required for high-performance driving.
A Design Pack adds privacy glass, sports pedals, a black Alcantara headliner and Emira-branded mats.
The Convenience Pack adds front parking sensors, a reversing camera, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming mirrors and a rear luggage storage net.
Lotus Cars Australia says I4 First Edition customers will also be able to select the same range of non-cost and additional cost options that were available on the V6 First Edition. The full options lists and their associated costs for the base versions would be released in Q3, the firm said.
2023 Lotus Emira pricing*:
*Pricing excludes on-road costs.
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