The Lotus Emira is the brand’s first brand-new mass-produced car in more than a decade. Ironically, it is also the last non-electric car before Lotus becomes fully electric later this decade. Emira has entered a promising new era for Lotus, and with new funding under Geely’s majority stake, it may be the ideal voice for Lotus’s last ICE-powered car.
- Emira is based on Lotus’ new sports car architecture
- It will be powered by Toyota V6 engine or AMG inline-4
- Emira draws a lot of design inspiration from the all-electric Evija supercar
Lotus Emira: engine and powertrain options
Lotus provides Emira with two engine options. The first batch of models will be powered by supercharged 3.5-liter V6 engines purchased by outgoing Exige and Evora’s Toyota. Later, it will also be equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged AMG device. Lotus has not confirmed the specific power output of any version of Emira, but said it will have an output range between 355 hp and 395 hp, and a maximum torque of up to 430 Nm.
Both versions of Emira have the engine installed laterally and power the rear axle separately. The engine purchased by Toyota will offer 6-speed manual and automatic transmission options. At the same time, the AMG four-cylinder will be exclusively equipped with an 8-speed DCT transmission.
Lotus Emira: design and interior design
Lotus Emira obviously looks like a baby Evia And has beautiful sports car proportions. Due to the design of the headlights and the beautiful spoon on the hood, the front end is particularly strongly influenced by Evija’s design. Prominent air intakes, short overhangs and bulky hips are other defining characteristics.
More importantly, Emira is equipped with more technology than any previous Lotus. The highlight is obviously the 10.25-inch touch screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, and the 12.3-inch digital driver information display. It also has most other modern convenience features, such as a multifunctional steering wheel, a 10-channel premium audio system from KEF, optional 12-way adjustable sports seats, cruise control, and even ADAS functions. The perceived improvement in material quality, fit and finish is also very significant.
Lotus Emira: Competition
Emira is positioned as a high-performance version that Lotus believes is lower than the Porsche 718 Cayman in the market. It will go on sale in all major markets around the world next spring. There is no news about the launch in India.
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