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NewsThe Lotus Emira has Now Received Approval for U.S. Sales

The Lotus Emira has Now Received Approval for U.S. Sales

The Lotus Emira can now be registered in all U.S. States, which means deliveries should begin soon.

  • The Emira has been on sale in Europe since 2021.

  • It uses the same 3.5L supercharged V6 engine as the previous Evora.

  • Deliveries in the United States are expected to start soon.

The Lotus Emira has now received certification from the California Air Resources Board (CARB), which will allow deliveries to start in the United States soon.

Like the Evora which it replaces, the Emira is powered by a Toyota-sourced 3.5L V6 engine which is fitted with a supercharger to generate 400 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. This is slightly less power than the last Evora GT could offer, a difference that is likely the result of a different state of tune.

Unlike the Evora, the Lotus Emira will also be available with a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant manufactured by AMG, which will make 360 horsepower.

Since production of the Toyota V6 is set to end soon, this new four-cylinder will become the only powertrain option in the Emira, which is expected to be the last gasoline-powered model to be offered by the British sports car maker before it fully transitions to electric energy.

Lotus Emira | Photo: Lotus

The six-cylinder engine will be available with either a six-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual unit. The four-cylinder will be paired only to an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission, which should help it make the most of its lower output.

Interestingly, Lotus wasn’t forced to wait until it had received CARB approval before selling the Emira in the United States, since only 14 states require new vehicles to comply with this set of tougher emissions rules.

This means that the Emira could have been available in all other U.S. states since 2022 when deliveries began in Europe and Asia.

This decision to wait until the car was able to be sold in the entire country is likely a conscious move from Lotus to prevent ill-intentioned people from buying an Emira in one part of the U.S. and then selling it at an inflated price in another part where sales were prohibited.

In addition, delayed American sales could be the result of supply chain troubles caused by the pandemic, which have lingered longer at Lotus than at larger automakers.

This last theory could explain why Lotus only applied for CARB certification in January of this year, despite having taken orders from U.S buyers since the launch of the model, almost three years ago.



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