Following confirmation that Lotus is set to be relaunched in New Zealand in the coming months, local pricing and spec has now been announced for its all-new Emira sports car.
Pricing for the mid-engined Emira is set to initially kick off at $177,000 with the offering of a single model; the First Edition. It’s effectively a high-spec flagship model, packed with equipment and the Toyota-sourced 3.5-litre V6 engine.
A more affordable four-cylinder model is set to come in 2023. Pricing for that model will be confirmed closer to launch.
The First Edition will be available in one of six launch exterior colours, with seven interior upholstery options giving customers a lot of customisation options. It also gets its own unique branding.
The aforementioned supercharged 3.5-litre V6 produces 298kW of power and either 420Nm (manual) or 430Nm (automatic), depending on which transmission you opt for. Automatic versions can race to 100km/h in 4.2 seconds (manuals being a tenth of a second behind), with top speed rated at 290km/h.
Standard equipment includes heated electronically adjustable seats, climate control, cruise control, a 10.25-inch touchscreen paired with a 12.3-inch digital cluster, a 340-watt KEF sound system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and more.
It will be available with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. There are also three options packs available to choose from; the Drivers Pack, Design Pack, and Convenience Pack.
The Drivers Pack gives customers the option of making the Emira either softer or harder. The former options the car with Lotus’ ‘Tour’ suspension set-up and a set of Goodyear Eagle F1 Supersport tyres, and the latter adds Lotus’ ‘Sport’ suspension and a set of stickier Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.
The Design Pack, meanwhile, brings privacy glass, sport pedals, an Alcantara headliner, and the option of painting your brake callipers a different colour. Lastly, the Convenience Pack adds front parking sensors, a reverse camera (oddly, not a standard feature), rain-sensing wipers, and more.
Along with the Emira update, Lotus also recently confirmed pricing for its other local offerings; namely the final edition versions of the Elise and Exige.
The Elise Sport 240 and Elise Cup 250 are priced at $94,900 and $105,900, respectively. The Exige Sport 390, Exige Sport 420, and Exige Cup 430, meanwhile, are each priced at $139,900, $159,900, and $219,500 respectively.
“The Emira is the most accomplished Lotus we’ve ever made, and to celebrate and reward our keenest early customers in New Zealand, we want to make the first cars extra special to own,” says Lotus Cars managing director Matt Windle.
“Our design team has carefully selected the features to make for a truly special and distinct First Edition.”