EMIRA in Bay Area CA.

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I am new to the forum. Placed my order with Boardwalk on 2/21. Last communication 3/22. However, Kyle did tell me over the phone that it could be end of '22, or early '23 before I can spec my I4 Base
Interesting. I put my deposit in at Los Gatos in September for an I4. They’ve generally been responsive when I’ve reached out to ask a question. No complaints we know the world is uncertain and Lotus has been…slow…in doling out information.

One of the conflicting data points is that the last dealer communication said that the target was to start producing the I4s in March ‘23. I’ve seen it listed in this forum as possibly as early as Dec ‘22.

However, we know that for the US Lotus configurator it lists the availability date of the I4 FE to be “Winter ‘23/‘24.”

I am 14th in line for the I4.

Naturally, we can be certain of very little, but if Lotus is going to start producing I4s in Q1 ‘23, it implies that they won’t be shipping to the US for a full year later.

Also, while I don’t know if I’ll get an I4 FE, it stands to reason that I would if Los Gatos gets the same 22 I4 FEs allocated as they did V6 FEs. Also, there are many V6s deposits ahead of me that could change their minds to the I4. Not sure if Los Gatos would let those jump in line on a drivetrain switch.

All of this to same I’m surprised at the possibility of speccing out a base I4 in early ‘23 for delivery ~6 months later. That would be awesome though.

Guidance from Los Gatos when I placed my deposit was that I’d likely get a car sooner by ordering an I4, as there were 65 deposits for the V6 already, despite the later production start date for the I4s. This was in September, and we know much has changed since then.

Naturally I want the car as quickly as possible, like just about everybody else. I wanted the I4 from the beginning. At this point I would be happily surprised to get the car by the end of 2023.

Bay Area Emira meetup is a must!
 

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Hello guys.
I live in Folsom, CA, and placed a deposit on an Emira with Mike from SF Lotus at the Quail event last August. He was not sure at the time about the number of cars that his dealership would get under allocation. I don't think anybody knew how many cars would be ordered. Surprise, they got many more orders than they expected. Along with all the supply chain nightmares (I know, I own a manufacturing company), one must give Lotus some slack. I was told that I "might" make the list for an FE in 2022. Mike and SF Lotus have been great in updating me and crossing their fingers for me.

Well, I got the "Call" on Monday (6/20). One customer backed out last week and I was next. I promptly confirmed my order with Mike and we submitted my final order on Monday evening. And, yesterday Lotus confirmed that my car was on order. My expected delivery is early December 2022. I'd be glad to show it to any of you at Folsom C+C someday.

I have been following the progress of the Emira over the past year. I used to work for a high-end car audio company and I still have some pretty good industry ties. My contacts have confirmed that the new KEF audio system will be quite good. It comes standard on the FE cars and I would have ordered it anyway. I made a post about the technology of the system in another thread, so you can search for it if you are interested. Do not worry, KEF is indeed a high-quality company with tremendous engineering talents. And they will not be going this alone, two other industry powerhouse companies will be assisting. Combined, they have many hundreds of high-end OEM stereo systems under their belts.

I have a 2017 Evora in perfect condition, 18K miles, stick, dark grey with black leather. It will be coming up for sale soon. I will post it on the Lotus forum in a few weeks.

Cheers,

Glenn
Count me in on that offer! I live in Roseville and am itching to see one in the flesh. My deposit is with Boardwalk last December. I assume I’m much later in their queue. Excited nonetheless!
 

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Lotus will be showing in Monterey during Car Week. Expect to see the Emira, Evija and possibly Eletre. Dealers are scheduled to receive demo cars around November (rumor & subject to production delays).
How do you know this to be true? Also, do you have any specifics on when and where they will have the showing? Might have to plan a strategic getaway with the wife ~ “Let’s vacation in Carmel… What? There’s a car show happening? I guess we should pop in and see what’s in there!”
 

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How do you know this to be true? Also, do you have any specifics on when and where they will have the showing? Might have to plan a strategic getaway with the wife ~ “Let’s vacation in Carmel… What? There’s a car show happening? I guess we should pop in and see what’s in there!”
Monterey Car Week - Aug 16-21. Expect Lotus to have a stand at the Quail show (sold out) and possibly at Pebble on Saturday-Sunday. IF Bay Area dealer visits happen it will be the following week (big maybe).

Note: Lotus has shown at The Quail for the intro of the Evija (2019) and Emira (2021).

Kiyoshi
 

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Monterey Car Week - Aug 16-21. Expect Lotus to have a stand at the Quail show (sold out) and possibly at Pebble on Saturday-Sunday. IF Bay Area dealer visits happen it will be the following week (big maybe).

Note: Lotus has shown at The Quail for the intro of the Evija (2019) and Emira (2021).

Kiyoshi
Sorry for another stupid question. Funny, I lived in Carmel years ago but never attended these events

Since the Quail show is sold out, is there even a potential way to visit, see and sit in the Emira?!
 

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Lotus will be showing in Monterey during Car Week. Expect to see the Emira, Evija and possibly Eletre. Dealers are scheduled to receive demo cars around November (rumor & subject to production delays).
Really?! So we won’t get to test drive it until November? Dealer told me August or September or demos. November is really late when cars are already being delivered. Boy this timeline is terrible…
 

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Really?! So we won’t get to test drive it until November? Dealer told me August or September or demos. November is really late when cars are already being delivered. Boy this timeline is terrible…

There's zero chance Lotus delivering Emiras to US customers before October. UK V6 manual July deliveries are being pushed to October now. US Emiras need to be shipped and then get through the port certification process and then to the dealers for prep and delivery. I really doubt early customers will even get theirs this year.

I'm scheduled for a November delivery, but expecting March at this point.
 

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There's zero chance Lotus delivering Emiras to US customers before October. UK V6 manual July deliveries are being pushed to October now. US Emiras need to be shipped and then get through the port certification process and then to the dealers for prep and delivery. I really doubt early customers will even get theirs this year.

I'm scheduled for a November delivery, but expecting March at this point.
For sure. I meant UK deliveries. Lotus needs to get demos to dealers worldwide. If it’s true we won’t see demos until November, then that’s just terrible. Didn’t Tom say that dealer demos have finished production? Or was that UK only?
 

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My Emira order was made with Mike from Lotus SF, put in deposit and order was confirmed 07-16-2021. On May 20th 2022 I was asked to finalize my spec and submit it and the order was accepted. He told me Lotus said to expect the car to arrive around November-December of 2022. I agree with others and wouldn't be surprised if the first US deliveries are in 2023 but maybe we will get lucky.

Mike has been very responsive to any questions I have had, and provides updates whenever they are available.

For anyone thinking a dealer isn't being responsive, there likely isn't much to tell you until you come up in the queue. Hopefully they will be able to have dealer demos this year but you can't really expect to be first in line to get a car that is going to be a bit limited especially with the current state of the world.
 

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Sorry for another stupid question. Funny, I lived in Carmel years ago but never attended these events

Since the Quail show is sold out, is there even a potential way to visit, see and sit in the Emira?!
Hopefully Lotus will show at Pebble, but that's not a given. Other than that check with any/all of the Bay Area dealers.

Kiyoshi
 
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