Published on July 13th, 2023 | by Subhash Nair


Lotus Emira Four Cylinder Model Now Ready For Launch

The long-awaited Lotus Emira 4-cylinder model is now ready for launch.

When the Lotus Emira was first debuted, it was indicated that a four cylinder model was in the works. That being said, the earlier production models of the Emira were all powered by the familiar Toyota-sourced 3.5L V6. At Goodwood 2023, we finally have the launch of this four cylinder Emira and a few more details to share.

The 2.0L turbocharged inline-four is an all-aluminium petrol engine that produces 360bhp and 430Nm of torque. While this is still less power than the V6, the 2.0L motor has the highest specific power output of any engine from Lotus at 180bhp/litre. This is also the final internal combustion engine to be introduced by Lotus on a mainstream product.

Acceleration is impressive as the Emira takes just 4.4 seconds to complete the century sprint. It also has a very supercar-like top speed of 290km/h. All that, and it still consumes less fuel than the V6 and emits less CO2 per km. Part of the efficiency comes from the use of a dual-clutch transmission with this engine.

Emira With AMG Engine Technology

This 1991cc engine is constructed using an advanced ‘chill-casting’ process versus traditional sand-casting methods for aluminium engines. This gives it a uniform, fine-grained structure for better durability. The block is of a closed-deck design for maximum stiffness. Patented low-friction coating on the cylinder bores substitute your regular cast iron liners for weight savings. Forged steel is used for the crankshaft and forged aluminium is used for the pistons.

The twin-scroll turbocharger design minimises exhaust gas pulsation interference ensures that boost pressure builds up faster. To improve boost pressure management, the wastegate is electronically controlled.

The gearbox is an 8-speed DCT from Mercedes-AMG and the first dual-clutch to be fitted to a Lotus. There are paddles behind the steering wheel and a tiptronic selector for manual override.

This version of the Emira uses a cast the aluminium rear subframe in place of the steel one on the V6 model, resulting in 12kg of weight saved.

The Lotus Emira can be optioned in one of 13 colours:

  • Hethel Yellow
  • Magma Red
  • Vivid Red
  • Dark Verdant
  • Seneca Blue
  • Atlantis Blue
  • Meridian Blue
  • Osmium Silver
  • Number Grey
  • Shadow Grey
  • Zinc Grey
  • Mist White
  • Cosmos Black

An optional Black Pack is available, substituting chrome trim on the exterior with gloss black and satin black finishing. 20″ lightweight forged wheels are standard in silver or gloss black.

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