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Supercar bound for NZ

Deliveries of the last petrol-powered car from Lotus set to arrive here late in the year.
Posted on 24 March, 2022
Supercar bound for NZ

Lotus has confirmed its four-cylinder Emira First Edition is coming to New Zealand and will be available to order from April 8.

The two-seater is the last petrol-powered car from the marque before it embarks on an all-electric era and is powered by a bespoke version of AMG’s M139 direct-injection engine. 

A standard-fit, eight-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) with paddleshift – a first for Lotus – is among the features of the vehicle that can deliver 360bhp.

The car rides on 20-inch ultra-lightweight V-spoke forged alloy wheels and two-piece brake discs – with branded calipers in red, black, yellow or silver – are part of the First Edition spec.

The heated seats feature 12-way adjustability and climate control, cruise control, keyless start, voice control and selectable drive modes are also included.

On the dashboard is a 10.25-inch centrally mounted touchscreen, with driver feedback through a 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster ahead of the multi-function steering wheel.

Option packs for consumers include a drivers pack that offers the choice of Tour or Sport suspension, and the choice of Goodyear Eagle F1 Supersport or Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. 

A design pack adds privacy glass, sports pedals, a black Alcantara headliner and Emira-branded footwell mats, while a convenience pack adds front parking sensors, rear reversing camera, rain-sensing wipers with aero blades, auto-dimming mirrors and a rear luggage storage net.

Lotus Auckland says details of New Zealand pricing are yet to be released but customers can reserve their car online with deliveries set to start towards the end of the year.

The four-cylinder version of the car will follow the arrival of the Emira V6 First Edition, which is also destined for New Zealand and will set buyers back at least $177,000 plus on-road costs.