Lotus’ first actually new sports activities automobile in over a decade is right here, and it is far more than simply one other Elise variant. Referred to as the, it basically replaces the , and within the Lotus lineup, and it is going to be the final automobile that Lotus makes . The Emira is the beginning of the tip of an period — not only for Lotus however for un-electrified sports activities automobiles generally — and now that we have digested the primary images and particulars it looks as if a rattling good sendoff.
The Emira seems like a Lotus, with a lot of apparent design inspiration from theand the outgoing Elise and Exige. The entrance finish has vertical LED headlights that move into attention-grabbing hood intakes, whereas the modern entrance bumper is paying homage to the later-model Exige. The aspect scoop is a toned-down model of what the Evija has, and the aspect surfacing seems dramatic from each angle. On the rear are slim J-shaped taillights, a vent on both sides and a outstanding diffuser with a pair of spherical exhaust suggestions. I like the Emira’s styling; it feels recent and fashionable whereas nonetheless retaining sufficient basic Lotus design cues.
It rides on the Lotus Sports activities Automobile Structure, which is completely new however makes use of the identical boned extruded aluminum development because the Elise and Evora. At 173.7 inches lengthy the Emira is sort of two toes longer than the Elise and over half an inch longer than the Evora — and it is about an inch longer than a Porsche Cayman. It is 74.6 inches broad, about 7 inches wider than the Elise and a pair inches wider than the Evora and Cayman, and whereas the Emira’s 48.2-inch top makes it Four inches taller than the Elise, it principally matches the Evora and is a pair inches decrease than the Evora. Whereas the previous Elise had a detachable targa roof the Emira is strictly a hardtop coupe — although a roadster model may occur — and its greenhouse seems very similar to the Evora’s, with a blacked-out roof and glass engine cowl.
The Emira nonetheless has a driver-focused inside, however it’s a lot nicer than just about another automobile we have seen from Lotus. The model says it has improved the whole lot from construct and materials high quality to cupboard space. The inside design is pretty easy, with slim air vents and a shelf-like sprint that flows onto the door panels. There’s some very nice detailing just like the unusual door pulls and funky speaker grilles, and the floating heart console has two actual cupholders (with a slot for a telephone between them) and cupboard space beneath. The images present an computerized automobile with a cool (however complicated trying) digital shifter, however on automobiles with the guide the gear linkage will apparently be seen.
A normal 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and 10.3-inch heart touchscreen run a brand new working system designed and developed in-house, although Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are additionally customary. The entire switchgear seems distinctive to Lotus, with the one actual bodily controls being the local weather knobs and a pair associated buttons, a drive mode swap, a quantity knob, and the engine begin button with a flip-up cowl. The inside within the images is a normal black, however there is a good mixture of leather-based and Alcantara with a lot of soft-touch surfaces and orange distinction stitching.
Lotus says the Emira was designed for the motive force to have an ideal view out of the automobile, particularly as a result of so many house owners will monitor the automobile, and the driving place is supercar-like. The seats are a brand new design that ought to be extra comfy, particularly for taller and shorter drivers, and four-way electrical adjustment is customary whereas 12-way adjustment is on the market. Whereas there is not any frunk, there’s cupboard space each behind the seats within the cabin and in a cargo space aft of the engine, the latter of which may accommodate a set of golf golf equipment.
It is going to initially launch as a limited-edition First Version mannequin that makes use of the model’s Toyota-sourced supercharged 3.5-liter V6 engine, the identical unit discovered within the Evora GT, and it will be supplied with both a 6-speed computerized or a 6-speed guide. In summer time 2022 the Emira will acquire a second engine choice: a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-Four sourced from Mercedes-AMG. This motor is identical one utilized by automobiles just like the, however Lotus has given it a brand new air consumption and exhaust system and mounted it transversely. The turbo 4 engine will solely be supplied with AMG’s 8-speed dual-clutch computerized transmission. Each engines and all three transmissions will come to the US.
Full specs have not been launched but, however Lotus says the Emira will make between 365 and 405 horsepower relying on the engine. (Within the Evora GT the V6 makes 416 hp, whereas the turbo 4 makes between 382 and 416 hp in AMG’s 45 fashions.) Lotus says the Emira will hit 62 mph in underneath 4.5 seconds and attain a prime pace of 180 mph. Lotus is concentrating on a curb weight of just below 3,100 kilos within the Emira’s lightest type, a pair hundred kilos greater than the Evora GT. Each Emira will get 20-inch wheels as customary, with both Goodyear Eagle F1 Supersport or Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. Lotus says the Emira has best-in-class dynamics whereas being straightforward to every day drive, and it will be one of many solely automobiles on sale to nonetheless have hydraulic steering.
The Emira is definitely probably the most technologically superior Lotus but, Evija apart. Customary options embody cruise management, keyless go, rear parking sensors, power-folding mirrors and rain-sensing wipers. It is out there with a 10-speaker KEF sound system, adaptive cruise management, automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-change help, rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors. A Lotus Drivers Pack provides launch management, the stickier tires and a stiffer chassis setup.
The Emira can be constructed at a model new manufacturing facility in Hethel, England, which incorporates a robotic paintshop and a semi-automated physique meeting setup as a part of a $138 million funding. First deliveries will begin within the spring world wide, and whereas we do not have a US pricetag but the Emira will begin at underneath €72,000, which might translate to round $80,000. Oh, and in case you have been questioning, it is pronounced “Eh-meer-ah,” and it is apparently a phrase present in “quite a few historic languages” which means “commander” or “chief.”