Armed with 400 hp, the Lotus Emira (pronounced Eh-meer-ah) comes in to replace not one, not two, but three of the company’s previous models; the Elise, the Exige, and the Evora.
The first sports car from the company in just over a decade, the Emira seeks to be a stepping stone for the company’s future endeavors while at the same time, closes the lid on the company’s past endeavors. The Emira will be the last internal combustion-powered car in the company's ranks.
Sitting far below the $2 million Lotus Evija, Lotus hopes that the Emira’s $80,000 price tag will play an important role in making it an appealing proposition to petrol heads worldwide. They are marketing it as an everyday sportscar packed with performance, comfort, and practicability.
The Emira will come with two engine variants. The first, a 3.5-liter V6 engine carried over from the Exige and the Evora. The engine, which has been used by Lotus for more than a decade is sourced from Toyota. The V6 will ship with what the company is describing as limited-production “First Edition” models. These, the company says, will be delivered around the world starting Spring 2022.
The second engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder number from you guessed it, Mercedes AMG. The engine currently features in Mercedes’ latest AMG 45 model line.
In the transmission department, buyers will have a choice between manual, automatic, and Dual Clutch transmission systems. Performance-wise, Lotus says the Emira comes with a power output that ranges between 360 and 400bph along with 430 Nm of torque. This output lets the Emira complete the traditional 0-60 mph sprint in 4.5 seconds, maxing out at a top speed of 180mph.
Exterior and Interior Design
Without hesitation, the Emira borrows a lot of its looks from the Lotus Evija, the company’s high-end offering. Although, many will argue that it sort of looks like a love child between two Italian companies... At the front and side, the car could be easily mistaken for a Ferrari or Lamborghini with curves and design cues similar to cars from both companies. In fact, one could say that the car’s front design merges the best design elements from both Italian giants.
It’s a completely different story at the back, however, as the Emira spots a rather unique and fulfilling design that’s largely inspired by the all-electric Evija. The Emira was developed on an all-new bonded aluminum chassis built in house at Lotus’ all-new £100million factory in Hethel, Norfolk, England.
The car measures 4,413 mm in length, 1895 mm in width, and 1225 mm in height making it substantively bigger than all three cars it’s sending into retirement. On the inside, the car’s cabin is the main beneficiary from the larger footprint, with a refined and spacious interior on the offing.
Built with comfort and practicality in mind, the Emira comes with a host of features that make it a sensible proposition as an everyday driver. A pair of 4-way adjustable seats, a 10.25-inch center-mounted infotainment touch screen, and a 12.3 TFT display come as standard with all models of the car.
Luggage and other items can be stored behind the two seats (up to 208 liters of storage space) or in the car’s large 151-liter rear trunk. The Emira comes equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) including adaptive cruise control, anti-collision, and fatigue alert.
The Lotus Emira will cost £60,000 (about $82,000) and deliveries are expected to start in early 2022.