Lotus Emira order books now open in Singapore

BY Jonathan Lim

Last ever petrol-engined Lotus is set to close a new chapter almost as soon as it begins.

This is one of your final chances to get your hands on a Lotus that still drives like how you'd expect. The Emira will be the last ever Lotus with an internal combustion engine, and it’s just gone on sale in Singapore.

The Lotus Emira is a 2-seat mid-engined sports car in the same vein as the Evora. Its main competitors are obviously the Porsche Cayman and Alpine A110, although peripherally the BMW M2 and Toyota Supra are there in the mix as well.

Slightly bewilderingly, the Emira is available with three engine/gearbox combos. The first is Mercedes-AMG’s M139 turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder out of the A45 and CLA45, paired with an 8-speed dual-clutch; the other is Toyota’s 2GR supercharged 3.5-litre V6 with a six-speed auto or six-speed manual with a limited-slip diff. The last one is carried over almost wholesale from the Evora and Exige, with the main changes being emissions-related tweaks, as well as a charge cooler to keep temperatures at bay during trackdays.

But while the engine and the car’s overall concept is highly recognisable, the interior isn’t. The Emira is meant to be a different, more usable and easier to live with kind of Lotus, and as such comes with niceties and luxuries previously unthinkable in a Lotus. Infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; cupholders; storage cubbies; even Nappa leather upholstery…

For now, only pricing for the V6 has been announced: S$458,000 without COE, with customer deliveries expected in Q3 2022. The 2.0L version will come along later, with production expected to begin next year.