The Lotus Emira was revealed just moments ago during a rainy presentation in the UK. The Emira is a car that has been anticipated for along time by the Lotus’ loyal fans who have been waiting for a follow up to the Exige and Evora.
Now that the premiere is over, Lotus has told us just about everything there is to know about the new Emira (at least on paper).
Lotus Emira styling
The Emira has a very sleek, smooth, and flowing body shape which to us is very attractive. If the design language looks familiar that’s because the Emira’s design is heavily inspired by the Lotus Evija electric supercar.
The same open aerodynamic “tunnels” found on the Evija are right at home on the Emira as well, if not slightly smaller. The Emira has a less-aggressive version of the Evija’s front air damn as well.
To our eyes it looks as if the Emira is a cross between the Evija and the Evora and we mean that in a good way. The Emira is a good looking car and will turn some heads.
The two-tone paint doesn’t hurt either.
Two engine options available
The Lotus Emira will be the last car produced by Lotus with an internal combustion engine. That’s good news or bad news depending on who you ask.
As a send off to pistons, Lotus is offering the Emira with two engine options: a 2.0 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder co-produced with AMG or the same Toyota 3.5 liter supercharged V6 found in the Evora.
Power output ranges between 360 to 400 horsepower depending on the option chosen.
Speaking of options, buyers can chose between three different transmissions: manual, automatic, and DCT. The manual will feature the visible shift linkage that Lotus fans fell in love with from previous models.
Lotus Emira interior
The Lotus Emira interior is very inviting with its various Alcantara paneling and flat bottomed steering wheel. The fit and finish looks to rival the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini.
In fact, the Emira takes a cue from Lamborghini by featuring a similar “fighter pilot style” start button cover.
There are no analog gauges to be found inside the Emira. Instead there is a 12.3″ digital cluster behind the steering wheel and a 10.2″ screen mounted in the center of the dash which manages the infotainment, Apple Car Play, and Android Auto.
Priced to sell
The Lotus Emira will target an MSRP of less than £60,000 which is a little over $80,000. That price range puts the Emira in Porsche Cayman territory. So, depending on the production volume, the Emira could prove to be a formidable competitor.
The Emira is set to go on sale later this year. Despite the fact that the official price has not been stated, dealers are already taking deposits.
So, if you’re interested, move quickly.
Lotus Emira premiere video
What do you think of the new Lotus Emira? Do you think its worthy of the badge? Or is this car too far from Sir Colin Chapman’s legacy? Let us know in the comments below or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype. For more info on the Lotus Emira, check out the spec sheet and gallery below.
|Price range||Starting at less than £60,000 (less than €72,000)|
|Dimensions||Length 4,412mm; width 1,895mm (mirrors folded); height 1,225mm; wheelbase 2,575mm|
|Petrol engines||2.0-litre in-line four-cylinder / 3.5-litre V6|
|Transmissions||Manual, automatic and DCT|
(0-62mph / 0-100km/h)
|Less than 4.5 seconds|
|Top speed||Up to 180mph (290km/h)|
|CO2 emissions||Start below 180g/km|
|EU DIN kerb weight||1,405kg in its lightest form|
|Connectivity and infotainment||10.25-inch touch-screen; integrated navigation*; Apple CarPlay / Android Auto; KEF Uni-Q premium audio system
* not available in all markets
|Key technology and features||Keyless-go; cruise control; rain-sensing wipers; electric folding door mirrors; powered seats; all-LES exterior lights; adaptive cruise control; anti-collision system; fatigue alert; road sign information; vehicle speed limiter; lane departure warning; rear cross traffic alert; lane change assist.|