AMG mill offers up to 421 hp, 360 in the Lotus
First Edition four-cylinder cars orders start next month
The Lotus Emira First Edition four-cylinder opens its order books next month. The car will come with what Lotus is calling “the world’s most powerful four-cylinder engine homologated for road use,” except that the Emira’s Lotus-tuned version won’t make that headline-grabbing 208 hp/L figure.
It’s a version of what is an extremely impressive four-pot. The AMG M139 unit used in the Mercedes-AMG CLA, A-Class, and others, makes as much as 421 hp when it’s tuned to AMG-45 guise. In the Lotus, the engine will be mid-mounted, and, presumably since the 421 hp figure steps all over the V6 Emira, has been detuned to make just 360 hp.
An eight-speed dual-clutch transmission marks the first time Lotus has used one of the boxes. The company gives it credit for much of the car’s driving engagement, also saying that it helps improve fuel consumption and emissions.
20-inch wheels are standard on the First Edition, and though a two-tone finish is standard, silver and gloss black versions are a no-cost option. Two-piece brake discs are part of the First Edition spec, along with tire pressure monitors.
Seven interior colours will be offered, including Nappa leather and Alcantara options. Satin chrome trim and white mood lighting complete the detailing inside.
The Lotus Emira First Edition starts from $89,900 in the US, and is live to configure now. First up to place an order are UK customers who can reserve from April 8, with deliveries near the end of the year. The base four-cylinder will come in around $15k less and will arrive later in the year.