So, it has been stated that this will be the last internal combustion engine vehicle by Lotus and after this, they are promptly shifting to an all-electric lineup as part of the carmaker’s future endeavours. It is quite sad to see but after 70 years of producing staggering sports cars that were quite unique with their lightweight philosophy, it is commendable that they end the era with a mid-engine, performance car that should keep their fanbase at bay whilst they get used to the fact of imminent electrification.
The part that surprises us the most is the segment it is placed in. Yes, surely the specs put it right there in the sports car criteria but this looks more upmarket, closely to supercar territory. Lotus cars are known for being small in size but this looks slightly bigger. Looking at the Evora you’d clearly say that it looks like a Lotus but when you gaze upon the Emira, you’d say, “yeah that’s a Lotus but holy Moses it looks exotic!”, and it will cost just under 60 000 pounds for the base model. Kudos to the designers, excellent job and dare I say they also made the right decision to make use of the M139 2.0-litre engine as part of a technical deal with Mercedes-AMG. It should make up for a great selection alongside the familiar V6 engine which will debut with the First Edition model.
It may be that the only major component that is not new on the Emira is the V6 engine, the chassis however is all brand new. Dubbed the Lotus Sports Car Architecture, it is a lightweight bonded aluminium chassis that still aligns with the “simplify, then add lightness” notion. Weighing just 1405 kilograms in its lightest form makes it even lighter than its nearest rival, a Porsche 718 Cayman GT4. It’s also significantly smaller with dimensions measuring at 4412 millimetres of length, 1895 millimetres of width, 1225 millimetres of height and 2575 millimetres of the wheelbase.
It carries the new design language, first showcased with the Evija and the prominent aspects are the vertical LED headlights which are standard, a wing-inspired twin blade design on the front end, a sculptured section on the side profile which runs along the door and leads the airflow towards the intake ahead of the rear wheel. This not only looks good but acts as a method to provide cooling air for the engine. The rear is dominated by the Lotus badge which sits quite visible and in-between the C-shaped LED taillights that are linked by a slimline brake light. There are exit vents for air at each end from the wheel arch and the twin exhaust tailpipes are placed with an air diffuser underneath.
In regards to the wheels, they will all be available in 20-inch size and wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1 Supersport tyres as standard. The Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres come as standard when you option the Lotus Drivers Pack which also comes with sport mode function and launch control.
As mentioned before, Mercedes-AMG will be supplying the most powerful 2.0-litre turbopetrol 4-cylinder in the world to Lotus to make use of it in the Emira. The engine will come jointly with a dual-clutch gearbox, promising quick-shifting gears. The official power output has not been mentioned yet, as well as for the 3.5-litre V6 engine previously used in the Exige and Evora but expect the numbers to be around 360 hp to 400 hp with a maximum torque output of 430 Nm. They’ve stated that the 0-100 km/h sprint time will be less than 4.5 seconds and the top speed to be at least 290 km/h.
In addition to the DCT, a manual gearbox and an automatic gearbox will be available to option depending on the model trim or engine choice. And still staying true to providing the best driving dynamics, it will come with hydraulic steering as it will provide a more natural feel with the front wheels.
The cabin is simplified yet stylish at the same time. The latter word can be recognized with the use of screens for the infotainment system, which comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, and it measures 10.25 inches and an integrated 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The two sport seats have been designed to hold the occupants in place and as standard, they have a 4-way electric adjustment whilst a 12-way is optional. There are two luggage spaces with 208 litres of storage behind the seats and a boot that has 151 litres of storage space.
Standard features include keyless go, cruise control, electric folding mirrors, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, rear parking sensors whilst the front ones are optional, together with the KEF Uni-Q premium sound system. It also comes with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) which includes adaptive cruise control, fatigue alert, lane departure warning, lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert.
The Lotus Emira will be built at Hethel in an all-new manufacturing facility thanks to an investment of 100 Million pounds.
Source: Lotus Emira Press Release