Lotus Is Now Able to Sell Emiras in the US After Almost Three Years

Lotus Emira Certified for US Deliveries

After making its debut in July 2021, the Lotus Emira is finally certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), enabling its deliveries in the US. This approval was confirmed by a Lotus representative and first discovered by a Lotus Talk forum user. The certification implies that Lotus dealers can finally commence delivering cars to their customers.

The CARB Controversy

Previously, Lotus was hesitant to start sales in the 36 non-CARB states before the Emira received CARB approval. This decision was taken to discourage customers in non-CARB regions from selling cars to buyers in CARB-compliant states, which currently include only 14 US states. It’s worth noting that these states could not register the Emira without the CARB certification. Lotus received CARB approval for its new Emira V6 powertrain calibration at the end of February, after submitting it in January.

The Emira V6 engine

Equipped with a 3.5-liter Toyota V6 engine that has been supercharged to generate 400 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, the Emira V6 offers a familiar yet powerful driving experience. This engine is similar to the one used in the Lotus Evora S that launched in 2010, albeit slightly tweaked to ensure compatibility with Emira. Compared to the Evora GT, however, the Emira has a lower rev limit and a 10-hp reduction in output.

Production and Delivery Delays

Lotus customers who reserved the Emira back in 2021 have had quite a wait, because it was not just the emissions issues that led to delays. Increasing production proved a substantial challenge for Lotus due to supply chain disruptions linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company commenced deliveries for its European and Asian buyers in 2022.

Upcoming Models and Changes

In the near future, a four-cylinder Emira model with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine from Mercedes-AMG is set to join the Emira V6. This newer variant will be less powerful (360 horsepower) than the Emira V6, but it will feature an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Eventually, Lotus plans to phase out the Toyota V-6 engine, making the Emira a purely four-cylinder vehicle.

The Lotus Emira has finally secured the necessary certification from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for delivery in the US. The Emira had debuted back in 2021, so the wait for Lotus enthusiasts has been long. The certification is a vital milestone since it means dealers can start delivering the much-anticipated sports car to customers. The decision to seek CARB certification was influenced by the fact that without it, the Emira would not be able to be registered in CARB-compliant states. Now, with the certification in place, regardless of the state, customers are free to enjoy their Lotus Emira.

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