Lotus Emira: The most accomplished Lotus ever

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Author: | Updated: 08 Jul 2021 10:43

Say hello to the all-new Lotus Emira – the most accomplished car to ever carry the badge, according to makers.

Set to replace the Elise, it’s a significant car because this 400hp sports car will be its final combustion-powered car before going electric. Here’s what you need to know.

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Lotus Emira exterior

Featuring a low-slung appearance in the best sports car tradition, the Emira is a great-looking thing. At the front, its lights are sharp and angular, although the LED pattern is more akin to a Ferrari than what we’ve seen lLotus produce before.

Lots of styling cues have been taken from Lotus’ Evija concept car, which goes a long way to explaining why it looks more like a hyper car than rivals such as the Porsche Cayman. The company has confirmed it’ll be available in six distinct colours, while all models sit on large 20in alloy wheels.

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Lotus Emira interior

When you think of Lotus interiors of the past, they haven’t exactly been great. They’re pretty basic, and for those that have driven a Vauxhall from the mid 90s, the indicator stalks and other controls will look suspiciously familiar. Well, until now that is.

It’s a really nice place to sit. The driver gets a huge 12in digital driver display, while a 10in infotainment system can also be found angled towards the driver. With electrically operated seats and a plethora of high-quality trim, Lotus has really taken a step up in this area compared to the Emira’s predecessor (the Elise).

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Lotus Emira drivetrain

Two engines will be available from launch – a 2.0-litre turbocharged unit, or a 3.5-litre V6. The 2.0-litre unit is actually a Mercedes engine, which means it’s the same motor you get in various AMGs. Featuring an eight-speed automatic gearbox, it produces around 360hp.

The V6 is a unit from the Toyota range, and is already used in current Lotus products. This will be available with a manual gearbox and produce around 400hp. Both cars will get from 0-60mph in less than five seconds, although exact specs are to be confirmed.

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Lotus Emira release date

The Emira is set to go on sale next year, with deliveries commencing in the summer months of 2022. Set to cost around £55,000, it’s a direct rival for both the Porsche 718 Cayman and the Alpine A110.

We’ll bring you more details when we know more.

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