Even before import duties and other nasty taxes, the new Lotus Emira V6 will set you back around R1,5-million, based on the just announced UK pricing for the ‘First Edition’ model.
Matt Windle, Managing Director, Lotus Cars, says: “The Emira is the most accomplished Lotus we have ever made, and to celebrate and reward our keenest early customers, we want to make the first cars extra special to own. The features have been carefully selected by our design team to make for a truly special and distinct First Edition.”
The Emira has been developed on a new lightweight bonded aluminium chassis – technology pioneered by Lotus and which remains an intrinsic part of the company’s sports car DNA.
Powering the V6 First Edition is the Lotus-honed 3,5-litre supercharged V6 engine, mid-mounted behind the two seats. Developing 298 kW, it is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with a visible gearchange mechanism and hydraulic power-assisted steering.
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.
The heated seats feature 12-way adjustability and two memory presets linked to the door mirrors (driver’s seat only). Climate control, cruise control, keyless start and selectable drive modes are all included.
Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and satellite navigation (in selected markets) are integrated into the Emira V6 First Edition, supported by Bluetooth and USB/12v sockets. The 10-channel/340W premium audio system has been developed in partnership with 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 Drivers Pack gives customer the choice of Tour or Sport suspension with Goodyear Eagle F1 Supersport tyres, or Sport suspension with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.
The Design Pack adds privacy glass, sports pedals, a black Alcantara headliner, and the choice of black, red, yellow or silver painted brake callipers. Lotus-branded footwell mats are also included. 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.
LOTUS EMIRA V6 FIRST EDITION TECH SPEC
|Engine configuration||3,456cc / V6|
|Engine model||Toyota 2GR-FE|
|Power||400hp / 298kW|
|Torque||420Nm (manual) / 430Nm (auto)|
|Max engine speed||6,800rpm|
|Gearbox||Six-speed manual / six-speed auto|
|CO2 emissions (WLTP combined)||243g/km*|
|0-100km/h||4.3 seconds (manual) / 4.2 seconds (auto)*|
|Top speed||180mph / 290km/h*|
|Drag coefficient (Cd)||0.349*|
*subject to homologation