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EMIRA
A NEW CLASS OF SPORTS CAR.

You can buy a Lotus Emira sports car for sale in Australia, the last vehicle manufactured by Lotus that will feature an internal combustion engine. Pronounced ‘E-meer-a’, the word features in numerous ancient languages and often translates as ‘commander’ or ‘leader’.

It’s an appropriate name considering the step change it represents for the brand & clearly signals the intent for the future of Lotus.

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"It’s the most accomplished Lotus for generations – the perfectly packaged, powered and formed sports car. Beautifully proportioned, shrink-wrapped, but with comfort, technology and ergonomics built in. With a design inspired by the Evija all-electric hypercar, it’s a game-changing Lotus sports car."

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The most accomplished
Lotus sports car ever made

"...what can I say, WOW, every time I drive a Lotus I love that mechanical grip that it gives you, but now you even have that in the high speed corners, they've worked really hard on the aerodynamics on the EMIRA....my takeaways from today, a big step forward for Lotus"

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  • All-new mid-engined two door sports car for sale in Australia that perfectly embodies the ongoing transformation of the iconic Lotus sports car manufacturer brand.
  • Striking design, delivering exotic supercar appeal in sports car segment and developed on Lotus’ recently announced Sports Car Architecture
  • Two petrol engines available;
    • new-to-Lotus 2.0-litre turbocharged ‘i4’ from technical partner AMG
    • 3.5-litre supercharged V6 from Exige and Evora to feature in the ‘First Edition’
  • Manual, automatic and Dual Clutch Transmission options available.
  • Power output from 360 to 400 hp at launch
  • 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in less than 4.5 seconds
  • Top speed of up to 180mph (290km/h)
  • Target weight of 1,405kg in its lightest form

  • Rear wheel drive manual or auto two seater sports car

New striking design

Led by Russell Carr, Design Director, Lotus, the lead exterior and interior designers of the Emira are Daniel Durrant and Jon Statham. Combined, they have close to 40 years of experience in the Hethel design studio and have worked on countless other projects.

Those have been both for Lotus and for clients as part of the consultancy services offered by Lotus Engineering.

Emira design sketch in black and white front view

A driver focused Emira interior

Lotus car interiors have always been famed for putting the driver at the very centre of the experience, with pure ergonomic design and instruments carefully placed for the most intuitive use.

The Emira follows these principles to the letter to create a modern cockpit environment with the essential controls to hand and minimum distraction.

A new driving experience

What’s new about this next-generation Lotus sports car is immediately obvious – the huge step-change across all aspects of the cabin, from the contemporary design and quality of materials to the increase in storage space, exceptional fit and finish, attention to detail and abundant advanced technology that has been integrated.

It is unlike any other Lotus sports car ever released. A rear wheel drive 2 door sports car.

A manual sports car

For performance car enthusiasts the Emira is available with a manual transmission. The manual gear shift is perfectly matched to the powerful V6 engine with an engagine driving experience.

It will make the Emira one of the best manual transmission sports cars for sale in Australia.

EMIRA engine performance

Powering the Emira will be a choice of two petrol engines. The first choice will be a 3.5-litre V6 or the new-to-Lotus AMG unit which is a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder ‘i4’.

Power output will between 360 and 400bhp at launch, with 0-62mph (0-100km/h) acceleration in less than 4.5 seconds and top speeds of up to 180mph (290km/h). Maximum torque will be 430Nm

Striking exterior details

The Emira is the first Lotus sports car to carry the new design language first showcased on the award- winning Evija hypercar. It’s a contemporary look with sculpted surfaces and technical detailing, delivering exotic supercar appeal in the sports car segment.

A new and more premium approach for Lotus in terms of forms and materials, it is also a leap forward in fit and finish.

The latest in design

The influence of the Lotus Evija is plain to see through the fluid surfaces and crisp feature lines. The lineage is even more obvious on the prominent leading edge of the bonnet, shrink-wrapped cabin that’s tapered to the rear, sculpted doors and vents cut into the muscular rear haunches.

The unique-in-class exit vents, integrated into the bonnet to guide airflow over the car and optimise aerodynamics, are also derived from the Evija.

A MANUAL
SPORTS CAR.

Manual transmission for the drivers.

The Emira will continue the Lotus tradition of offering a manual sports car to cater to driving enthusiasts. The Lotus Emira sports cars will be one of the few manual sports cars for sale in Australia.

The Emira’s interior design will celebrate what is very likely to be the last of its kind.

SUPERCAR
DESIGN DNA.

A new design language for Lotus.

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EMIRA SPECIFICATIONS & DETAILS

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Pre-Order a Lotus Emira in Australia

Simply Sports Cars is a high performance car dealer in Sydney or Melbourne that is currently taking pre-orders for the Lotus Emira in Australia. For those who are interested in securing a Lotus Emira build slot a $5,000 deposit is required.

Deposits are fully refundable until such time that a factory build order is submitted, based on the customer specified vehicle and options, information for which is expected to be available mid to late November 2022.

Availability date

Current expected date for first cars to arrive in Australia is July 2022

Pre-orders are now open for those wishing to secure themselves an Emira First Edition. Simply Sports Cars in Sydney & Melbourne will sell Lotus Emira in Australia and we are taking expressions of interest now for people who want to be first to receive updates.

Emira Australian Pricing

Lotus Emira First Edition specifications and pricing for the Australian market is currently being finalised.

Emira Engine options

  1. 4 Cylinder turbo with Dual Clutch Transmission – The first new Lotus sports car engine for more than a decade makes its debut, with the Emira powered by AMG. The new-to-Lotus AMG unit is a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder ‘i4’ from the performance division of Mercedes-Benz.

    Working with Lotus for the first time, AMG has come on board as technical partner on the Emira programme, with some fundamental changes made to the in-line four-cylinder set-up for its Lotus debut. Transverse-mounted and delivering rear-wheel drive, the unit has been modified with a new air intake system and new exhaust to suit the character of the Emira.

  2. Supercharged V6 in Manual or Automatic – The second engine is more familiar, the 3.5- litre supercharged Toyota V6 that is so loved by drivers of the Exige and Evora. 

Engine power outputs

Across the Emira range, power output will between 360 and 400bhp at launch.

0-100km/h acceleration targets are less than 4.5 seconds and top speeds of up to 290 km/h

Maximum torque will be 430Nm and CO2 emissions will start below 180g/km.

Transmission choices

  1. V6 with manual gearbox
  2. V6 automatic gearbox
  3. 4 Cylinder with dual clutch transmission

No other transmission or engine combinations are being made available at this time.

Styling

The Emira is the first Lotus sports car to carry the new design language first showcased on the award- winning Evija hypercar. It’s a contemporary look with sculpted surfaces and technical detailing, delivering exotic supercar appeal in the sports car segment. A new and more premium approach for Lotus in terms of forms and materials, it is also a leap forward in fit and finish.

Led by Russell Carr, Design Director, Lotus, the creative team has succeeded in designing something beautiful, timeless, memorable, modern and that looks like a Lotus. Its optimised proportions and athletic shrink-wrapped body visually describe Lotus’ legendary agile driving characteristics.

Is the Emira on a new chassis?

The Emira is built on the recently announced new Lotus Sports Car Architecture. The Lotus Emira does not use the Evora or Exige chassis. It does use the same pioneering Lotus bonded extruded aluminium chassis technology which debuted on the Elise.

However, for the Emira, every dimension is different to any previous Lotus chassis and it is fabricated in an all-new facility – Lotus Advanced Structures – in Norwich, just a few miles from Hethel

The Emira has a wider track than any recent Lotus road car, enhancing stability, delivering exceptional road-holding and the sensation of a very low centre of gravity. It is a true Lotus sports car that builds on the legacy of the Elise, Exige and Evora

The car has two defined chassis and suspension settings;

  • Tour is tuned for everyday road use, delivering the optimum blend of Lotus dynamic performance and handling with a more comfortable ride.
  • Sports is available with the optional Lotus Drivers Pack and provides a slightly stiffer suspension set-up for enhanced dynamic capability and feel.
 

What steering will Emira have?

The Lotus Emira will retain the use of hydraulic steering to provides excellent feedback for the driver.

Storage space

The Lotus Emira will have lots of cabin and boot storage that has been exceptionally well thought out.

Luggage or other large items can be stored behind the two seats (208 litres) or in the boot to the rear of the engine.

This space (151 litres) will take a standard-sized flight case or a set of golf clubs.

It has twin central cup holders with a phone storage slot between them, and door bins that can accommodate a 500ml bottle.

Practicality also comes from the glovebox, trinket tray ahead of the gearstick, armrest between the seats with USB and 12v ports, plus a console net for bottles or documents.

Dimensions

The Emira dimensions will be;

  • Length 4,412mm
  • Width 1,895mm
  • Height 1,225mm
  • Wheelbase 2,575mm.

So it will be similar proportions to the Lotus Evora with a wider footprint.

Emira colour choices

The Emira will be sold in Australia with the following launch colours available;

  • SENECA BLUE
  • NIMBUS GREY
  • SHADOW GREY
  • DARK VERDANT
  • HETHEL YELLOW
  • MAGMA RED

This may change as we get closer to the actual launch date in Australia.

Everyday use

From the very first discussions Lotus wanted the Emira to be an ‘every day’ sports car, delivering a usability and practicality to support that with levels of comfort and desirability for total comfort over long- distance cruising. To that end, it sets new standards for Lotus and is better than ever for the tallest and shortest drivers. There is more space between the occupants as well.

The glass area has been designed to provide good all-round visibility for daily use. Acknowledging that some owners will drive their Emira in a spirited way, and even on a circuit, the view forward – particularly of the haunches – supports highly accurate placement of the car through corners.

Access to the car’s infotainment system is via a 10.25-inch centrally mounted touch-screen, with an additional 12.3-inch TFT driver’s display behind the steering wheel. All content is exclusive to Lotus and has been designed and developed by an in-house team. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are integrated as standard.

Luggage or other large items can be stored behind the two seats (208 litres) or in the boot to the rear of the engine. This space (151 litres) will take a standard-sized flight case or a set of golf clubs.

Aerodynamics

Efficient aerodynamics have been at the heart of every Lotus since the very beginning and so much was learnt on the race track. Emira is no exception. Intelligent engineering means it is the only sports car in its class to generate significant downforce, generating outstanding performance and exceptional grip at all speeds.

Interior

What’s new about this next-generation Lotus sports car is immediately obvious – the huge step-change across all aspects of the cabin, from the contemporary design and quality of materials to the increase in storage space, exceptional fit and finish, attention to detail and abundant advanced technology now integrated.

The wraparound nature of the dashboard as it blends into the door trim creates a cossetted feeling that makes the driver feel at one with the car. The raised gear shifter only enhances that emotion. There are a high number of soft-trimmed surfaces, showcasing premium British craftsmanship that conveys ultimate sportiness. They blend perfectly with modern technical finishes to create a premium experience for the driver – ‘technology with soul’ – and there are details added in tribute to the heritage and sporting success of Lotus.

Features available on the Emira include;

  • four-way electric seat adjustment
  • keyless go
  • cruise control
  • rain-sensing wipers
  • electric folding door mirrors
  • rear parking sensors (with front sensors as an option)
  • auto-dimming rear view mirror
  • curtain airbags
  • launch control (as part of optional Lotus Drivers Pack)
  • stolen vehicle tracker.

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) available on the Emira include adaptive cruise control, anti-collision system, fatigue alert, road sign information, vehicle speed limiter, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, lane change assist.

Where will Emira be built?

Lotus sports cars have been built at Hethel since 1966. Following more than £100 million of UK investment by Lotus, production of the Emira will take place in all-new state-of-the-art factory. The Emira will remain ‘Handmade in Hethel’, supported by new processes and technologies that will enhance efficiency and build quality – a genuine ‘best of both worlds’ solution.

There is a new semi-automated body assembly system, with robots being used to apply adhesive. Vehicle bodies are transported around the main assembly area on Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs). Emira production actually begins at Lotus Advanced Structures (LAS), an all-new facility in nearby Norwich where chassis fabrication and front-end assembly takes place.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Simply Sports Cars is the official Lotus dealership in Sydney and Melbourne that will have the Lotus Emira sports car for sale. We are taking pre-orders for the Lotus Emira. A $5,000 deposit is required from people wishing to secure an Emira build slot. Pre-order deposits are fully refundable until such time that a factory build order is submitted, based on the customer specified vehicle and options, information for which is expected to be available mid to late November 2022.

The Lotus Emira will replace the current vehicle line up that Lotus produces. The Exige & Elise are available in 2021 as ‘Final Editions’ before production will cease. 

The Lotus Elise ‘Final Edition’ stock has sold out in Australia.

No, the Emira is a completely new vehicle & not an updated Evora. The two models share some dimensions but that is where the similarities end.

The Emira is built on the recently announced new Lotus Sports Car Architecture. The Lotus Emira does not use the Evora or Exige chassis. It does use the same pioneering Lotus bonded extruded aluminium chassis technology which debuted on the Elise.

However, for the Emira, every dimension is different to any previous Lotus chassis and it is fabricated in an all-new facility – Lotus Advanced Structures – in Norwich, just a few miles from Hethel

The Emira has a wider track than any recent Lotus road car, enhancing stability, delivering exceptional road-holding and the sensation of a very low centre of gravity. It is a true Lotus sports car that builds on the legacy of the Elise, Exige and Evora

The car has two defined chassis and suspension settings;

  • Tour is tuned for everyday road use, delivering the optimum blend of Lotus dynamic performance and handling with a more comfortable ride.
  • Sports is available with the optional Lotus Drivers Pack and provides a slightly stiffer suspension set-up for enhanced dynamic capability and feel.

All wheels & tyres will be 20 inches in diameter front and rear.

As standard they will be fitted with a Goodyear Eagle F1 Supersport tyre, while a Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 is a cost option available in conjunction with the Lotus Drivers Pack.

Both tyres have been specially developed for the Emira by their manufacturer.

Hydraulic steering provides excellent feedback for the driver. The car has two defined chassis and suspension settings. Tour is tuned for everyday road use, delivering the optimum blend of Lotus dynamic performance and handling with a more comfortable ride. Sports is available with the optional Lotus Drivers Pack and provides a slightly stiffer suspension set-up for enhanced dynamic capability and feel. 

No – the Emira has been designed to be a sports car that can be used regularly for daily driving or spirited driving equally. It is a sports car that will deliver new levels of refinement and usability for Lotus.

No – the Emira has been designed to be a sports car that can be used regularly for daily driving or spirited driving equally. It is a sports car that will deliver new levels of refinement and usability for Lotus.

It will share the engine from the outgoing Exige and Evora but that is where the similarities end. The Emira will be a completely different driving experience.

The Lotus Emira will be on sale in Australia as a two door high performance sports car from Simply Sports Cars in Melbourne and Sydney. 

The Lotus Emira will be available from Lotus Dealerships in Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and, Brisbane.

https://www.lotuscars.com/retailer/lotus-queensland

https://www.lotuscars.com/retailer/lotus-adelaide-sports-car-dealership/

https://www.lotuscars.com/retailer/lotus-perth/

https://www.lotuscars.com/retailer/lotus-melbourne/

Two petrol engines are available, a Lotus-engineered 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit from technical partner AMG, and the much-loved and characterful 3.5-litre V6 from the Exige and Evora. Each is calibrated by Lotus to provide a unique and distinctive character for maximum driver engagement.


Gavan Kershaw, Director of Vehicle Attributes, Lotus, commented: “The 2.0-litre is the world’s most powerful production in-line four-cylinder unit mated to AMG’s acclaimed DCT with paddleshifts and driving modes. It’s high-performance, hugely efficient thanks to cutting-edge technology, and delivers low emissions and linear performance. On top of all that, it’s been tuned in-house by the hugely experienced Hethel engineers to deliver that distinctive Lotus experience.”

Target weight of 1,405kg in its lightest form

The power output will be from 360 to 400 hp which will make the Lotus Emira one of the fastest sports cars available for sale in Australia with

• 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in less than 4.5 seconds

• Top speed of up to 180mph (290km/h)

Key dimensions of the Emira are length 4,412mm; width 1,895mm; height 1,225mm; and wheelbase 2,575mm.

Lotus Emira First Edition specifications and pricing for the Australian market is currently being finalised.

Yes the Simply Sports Cars Lotus dealership in Sydney (or Melbourne) will be selling the Lotus Emira.

Key dimensions of the Emira are;

  • Length 4,412mm
  • Width 1,895mm
  • Height 1,225mm
  • Wheelbase 2,575mm.

Emira can be pre-ordered in Australia from Lotus Cars Dealerships including Simply Sports Cars in Sydney & Simply Sports Cars in Melbourne. 

Pricing is still being finalised by but we expect the Emira to be over AUD $100,000 in Australia.

The complete Lotus Emira price range in Australia is yet to be determined but will consist of different specifications & engine / transmission choices including;

  • V6 Supercharged – Manual
  • V6 Supercharged- Automatic
  • 4 Cylinder Turbo – Dual Clutch Automatic
The Emira 0-100 acceleration target will be less than 4.5 seconds and top speeds of up to 180mph (290km/h). Across the Emira range, power output will between 360 and 400bhp at launch.
The Emira 0-100 acceleration target will be less than 4.5 seconds and top speeds of up to 180mph (290km/h). Across the Emira range, power output will between 360 and 400bhp at launch.

There will be six different colours to choose from for a new Lotus Emira that include;

  1. SENECA BLUE
  2. NIMBUS GREY
  3. SHADOW GREY
  4. DARK VERDANT GREEN
  5. HETHEL YELLOW
  6. MAGMA RED

There will be seven different interior colour & fabric combinations to choose from for a new Lotus Emira that include;

  1. Black Nappa leather
  2. Red Nappa leather
  3. Grey Nappa leather
  4. Tan Nappa leather
  5. Black Alcantara with grey stitch,
  6. Black Alcantara with red stitch
  7. Black Alcantara with yellow stitch

There are five wheel choices for the new Lotus Emira sports car including;

  1. Cast 10-spoke
  2. Gloss black 10-spoke
  3. Silver forged V-spoke
  4. Gloss black forged V-spoke
  5. Diamond cut forged V-spoke)

There will be four brake caliper colours including black, red, yellow and silver

Lotus sports cars have been built at Hethel since 1966. Following more than £100 million of UK investment by Lotus, production of the Emira will take place in all-new state-of-the-art factory.

The Emira will remain ‘Handmade in Hethel’ in the United Kingdom, supported by new processes and technologies that will enhance efficiency and build quality – a genuine ‘best of both worlds’ solution.

An all-new paint shop features robotic application – a first for Lotus that will improve quality, capacity and process repeatability.

It includes many innovative technologies such as a combined primer and clear coat line.

There is a new semi-automated body assembly system, with robots being used to apply adhesive. Vehicle bodies are transported around the main assembly area on Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs).

Emira production actually begins at Lotus Advanced Structures (LAS), an all-new facility in nearby Norwich where chassis fabrication and front-end assembly takes place.

You can configure a Lotus Emira online and choose the colour & specifications of the interior and exterior of the vehicle. You can save your configuration or send it to a dealer to get a price on a Lotus Emira.

The Lotus Emira will have lots of cabin and boot storage that has been exceptionally well thought out.

It has twin central cup holders with a phone storage slot between them, and door bins that can accommodate a 500ml bottle.

Practicality also comes from the glovebox, trinket tray ahead of the gearstick, armrest between the seats with USB and 12v ports, plus a console net for bottles or documents.

Luggage or other large items can be stored behind the two seats (208 litres) or in the boot to the rear of the engine.

This space (151 litres) will take a standard-sized flight case or a set of golf clubs.