Lotus unveils prices and specs for AMG-powered Emira sports car

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Lotus Emira four-cylinder turbo

Lotus is now taking orders for a four-cylinder version of the Emira coupe. Following the introduction of the 400hp supercharged 3.5-litre V6 model, a new 2.0-litre turbocharged version expands the Emira range.

Its mid-engine is supplied by Mercedes-AMG and is closely related to the engine in the popular AMG A45 hatchback. An output of 365 horsepower made it the most powerful four-cylinder Lotus ever built.

It’s also the end of a long lineage of four-cylinder Lotus models that includes the Elise, Exige and Esprit, as the British marque prepares to go all-electric.

small but mighty

Lotus Emira four-cylinder turbo

With the help of twin-scroll turbochargers, the Lotus Emira’s engine develops 317 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox is standard (there’s no manual option), and there are paddles mounted on the steering wheel for quick gear changes.

The Emira’s relatively low curb weight (1,446kg) delivers impressive performance. Acceleration to 62 mph takes just 4.4 seconds: just 0.1 seconds behind the V6. Top speed is 180 mph.

As you might expect, Lotus has also tuned the Emira’s handling to suit its new engine. The aluminum rear subframe saves 12kg compared to the V6 model, and there is a choice of Tour or Sport chassis setup. The car rides on custom tires and has a specially calibrated stability control system.

First edition ready

Lotus Emira four-cylinder turbo

The fully loaded First Edition model marks the start of production of the four-cylinder Emira, with a choice of 13 paint colours. Standard electrically adjustable heated sport seats can be upholstered in leather or Alcantara (faux suede).

In addition to the 10.25-inch multimedia touchscreen in the center of the dashboard, the Emira also features a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel and a 10-speaker 560W sound system.

The Lotus Emira First Edition is up for pre-order now, with prices starting at £81,495, £4,500 less than the V6. A cheaper standard version should join the range in 2024.

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Lotus reveals prices and specs for AMG-powered Emira sports car

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