- the lotus emira mid-engine sports car will start at $77,100 and is set to go on sale in the u.s. at the end of 2022.
- that base price is for the four-cylinder model that's powered by an amg-sourced 360-hp turbocharged four-cylinder.
- a first edition model, powered by a 400-hp supercharged v-6, will be available first, entering production in the fall of next year, and it will cost $96,100.
correction 10/04/21: this story has been updated to correctly state the four-cylinder engine's horsepower.
lotus' newest mid-engine sports car, the emira, will enter production at the end of next year and initially be sold as a loaded first edition model. that version will cost $96,100 in the united states and a base model will arrive in 2023 with a starting price of $77,100. for reference, you can get a chevy corvette or porsche 718 boxster/cayman s for less coin.
the emira first edition is powered by a 400-hp supercharged 3.5-liter v-6 with a standard six-speed manual gearbox, though a six-speed automatic is optional for $2150. lotus says the quickest version of the emira will reach 62 mph in less than 4.5 seconds and have a 180-mph top speed. a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 360 horsepower will also be available in the emira, though it is only available with a dual-clutch automatic transmission.
six color choices are available on the first edition models: seneca blue (pictured), magma red, hethel yellow, dark verdant, shadow grey, and nimbus grey. first edition cars also have additional black exterior trim (you can get even more black trim for $1400), 20-inch wheels, and brake calipers with a lotus emblem. first edition customers can choose from either a tour suspension setup with goodyear eagle f1 supersport tires or a sport setup that comes with michelin pilot sport cup 2 rubber. interior choices include red, black, grey, or tan leather along with an alcantara option with either red, yellow, or gray stitching.
lotus says that the emira first edition will start production in the fall of next year, and there will be a four-cylinder first edition model that will join the lineup shortly after. the base model with its $77,100 starting price won't be available until 2023, and we'll have additional pricing details closer to its on-sale date.