It’s Lotus‘ turn to catch the production and pricing virus, an ailment that’s caused almost every automaker to lag on delivery timetables while increasing prices for reservation holders. Last October, Lotus Emiras intended for the UK home market were already trailing delivery estimates by six months. Early last year, Lotus expected to get Emiras tagged with U.S. plates as soon as fall of 2022. Now, CarBuzz reports that Emira V6 First Edition units destined for the U.S. will land on our soil this summer but won’t be released to customers until between mid-October and mid-December. According to a letter sent by Lotus of Orlando to reservation holders, the holdup is U.S. certification.
On top of the delay, prices are going up for all U.S. and Canadian reservation holders except those who have completed paperwork for the initial North American V6 First Edition allocation. Lotus said the various troubles and quagmires around the world have increased the Emira’s unit cost by around $14,400. Folding that into the MSRP would make the price $108,300 before destination. We say “initial” about that allocation because Lotus has upped the North American allotment by 600 units, making 1,300 in total to come to come to NA, the U.S.-specific number slightly smaller. When the second tranche becomes open for reservations, they will cost $105,400 in the U.S., that price already on the U.S. retail site configurator.
Anyone who reserved the AMG-powered four-cylinder Emira I4 First Edition is going to see their cost rise from the $85,900 announced before. The new price MSRP be revealed until later this year, deliveries not scheduled to commence until Q2 of 2024. Of course, we should expect the cost of the regular series production cars to rise as well.
The situation varies by market, so anyone on any of Lotus’ lists should check with their Lotus dealer. A lively thread on Emira Forum that started in February is up to 26 pages as global Emira buyers try to figure out who needs to confront what increase. Part of the ire comes from Lotus having promised none of the pricing challenges would be passed on to reservation holders, saying, “The price you’re being quoted is the price you’ll pay for your Emira.”
Ready for the good news? There will be more options to spend your money on. We’re told the color palette is going to expand by seven hues for the second series of V6 First Edition cars, and that Lotus Advanced Performance is creating “around 30 different vehicle accessories” as well as a menu of custom options.