Lotus introduced the mid-engined coupe Emira, which has been in development since the fall of the eighteenth year. In the lineup of the British brand, the novelty will at once replace all existing models, namely the Elise, Exige and Evora sports cars.
Thus, Lotus Emira 2022 will be the firstborn of the company’s new line. By the way, that is why the sports car got its name, which in translation from some ancient languages means “leader”.
The exterior of the model is made in a new corporate style, developed by the in-house design team led by Russell Carr. Outside, the two-door looks like an Evija hypercar: it has the same vertical LED headlights and boomerang-shaped air intakes.
It is interesting that the aerodynamic body kit put on a sports car does not have a single active element. As for the wheels, already in the base the car is delivered to 20-inch rollers.
At the same time, the developers call the main trump card of the Emir a more comfortable and well-thought-out two-seater saloon, due to which such a coupe can be considered as a car for every day.
The interior of Lotus Emira is finished with soft materials, while the seats are available in nappa leather. The car has an extended range of seat adjustments with optional electric adjustment, as well as cupholders, which were not previously available on any model of the brand.
The sports car’s equipment list includes a 12.3-inch virtual instrument cluster and a multimedia system with a 10.25-inch display, from which climate control is now controlled. For a surcharge, you can order an advanced audio system from the British company KEF.
The new Lotus Emira was the first model of the brand to be built on the new “Sports Car Architecture” aluminum platform. Conceptually, this “cart” largely repeats the old platform, although all units and elements are new here. It is curious that the sports car has retained the classic power steering.
The overall length of the two-door is 4,412 mm, width – 1,895, height – 1,225. In other words, it turned out to be noticeably larger than the previous Elise, Exige and Evora models. In this case, the wheelbase is equal to 2,575 millimeters (the same as on the Evora).
Interestingly, the car has two trunks at once: the main compartment behind the seats has a volume of 208 liters, and the additional capacity in the rear overhang is 151 liters.
Lotus Emira will be the latest model of the brand with internal combustion engines and without electric makeweight: all subsequent cars will be either hybrids or full-fledged electric cars.
The base for the sports car is a 3.5-liter Toyota V6 engine with a supercharged drive. This motor is well known from the existing Lotus, but on the new product it has been seriously modified.
Alternatively, the two-door can be ordered with the 2.0-liter “turbo four” AMG M139, which is installed on the Mercedes-AMG A 45, CLA 45 and GLA 45 models. This unit will again go to the car in a modified form with the original intake and exhaust systems.
Unfortunately, the developers have not yet spread about the performance of the motors, although the power range is known: the engines will produce from 360 to 400 hp, and their maximum torque will be 430 Nm.
Versions with a four-cylinder unit will be offered exclusively with an eight-band robot with two clutches, and for cars with a “six” they will offer either a mechanic or an Aisin automatic machine.
The company notes that the most nimble version of the Emira will be able to “shoot” from a standstill to a hundred in less than 4.5 seconds and reach speeds of up to 290 kilometers per hour.
Note that the new sports car is not light, and even in the simplest version (with an AMG engine) it weighs 1,405 kg, that is, 10 kg heavier than Evora with a Toyota “six”.
The developers note that the Lotus Emira has side airbags and a stabilization system, plus it was the first model in the range to receive adaptive cruise control and automatic braking.
For a surcharge, the cars are also offered a Lotus Drivers Pack, which implies a quick start function, launch control, a stiffer suspension and special Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.
Lotus emphasizes that although the development of the Emir model has already been completed, the new product still has to pass the final tests. At the same time, the company hopes that their new coupe will become truly massive.
And if in recent years the British sold a total of 1,400 – 1,600 cars, now only one Emir, according to the plan, should be sold in a circulation of 4,800 cars annually.
It was decided to produce the sports car at a new assembly plant, which was built in Hetel. In the spring of 2022, cars with a V6 will appear on the market, while the AMG version with a “turbo four” will have to wait until the summer. The prices for the coupe are already known: from 60,000 pounds sterling (from 6.1 million rubles at the current exchange rate).