It will initially launch as a limited-edition First Edition model that uses the brand's Toyota-sourced supercharged 3.5-liter V6 engine, the same unit found in the Evora GT, and it'll be offered with either a 6-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual. In summer 2022 the Emira will gain a second engine option: a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 sourced from Mercedes-AMG. This motor is the same one used by cars like the CLA45, but Lotus has given it a new air intake and exhaust system and mounted it transversely. The turbo four engine will only be offered with AMG's 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Both engines and all three transmissions will come to the US.
Is that 500 for the First Editions? Or...I got a call from my local Lotus Dealer this morning asking if I wanted an allocation. They were asking for a $2500 non refundable deposit and said only 500 were coming to the US and that they were already 1/2 way through the allocations for the 500. Specs due in Jan 2022, delivery in July 2022.