Lotus Emira is the British brand’s farewell to internal combustion engines

Lotus unveiled its new Emira sports cars in July, intended to be the company’s latest model to be powered by an internal combustion engine.

The Emira replaces the Elise, Exige and Evora lines at Lotus and is expected to be released in the United States in spring 2022 as a 2023 model.

Lotus last week confirmed that the Emira will initially arrive in V6 First Edition form only. Pricing will start at $ 93,900, making it a bit cheaper than the outgoing Evora GT which has the same engine and costs closer to $ 100,000.

The engine is a supercharged version of a 3.5-liter V6 from Toyota, and in the Emira it generates a maximum power of 400 hp and torque of 317 lb-ft. This rated torque is with a 6-speed automatic transmission which is a $ 2,150 option. Go for the standard manual and the torque slips slightly to 310 lb-ft.

The auto is the fastest option here; he sees the Emira hit 60 mph from rest in 4.2 seconds. The manual will allow him to accomplish the same feat in 4.3 seconds. Top speed is claimed 180 mph with either transmission. A dual-clutch transmission is also in the works, but the timing is unclear.

An alternative to the V-6 will be a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 from Mercedes-Benz AMG (Lotus parent company Geely is a major shareholder in Daimler, AMG’s parent company) . This engine is expected to deliver around 360 hp.

2023 Lotus Emira

2023 Lotus Emira

2023 Lotus Emira

2023 Lotus Emira

2023 Lotus Emira

Lotus has said that an Emira First Edition with the inline-4 will be available in 2022. A base Emira with the inline-4 will not be available until 2023. This entry-level model will be priced at 74,900 $.

Prices shown do not include destination charges.

The Emira uses a bonded aluminum structure similar to its predecessors, but Lotus claims it is a new platform, with all the dimensions different from all previous platforms. The Emira is 173.7 inches long, 74.6 inches wide (with the mirrors folded) and 48.2 inches high. It has a 101.3-inch wheelbase and a curb weight of 3,097 pounds in its lightest form, by Lotus.

2023 Lotus Emira

2023 Lotus Emira

The adaptive shocks will be available with two settings: Tour for daily road use and Sports for track use. The latter is part of an optional Lotus Driver Pack that also adds stiffer suspension tuning and the choice of Goodyear Eagle F1 Supersport or Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. Contrary to the industry trend, Lotus also retains hydraulic power steering to maximize feedback to the driver.

The interior is less spartan than previous Lotus sports cars, with optional 12-way power seats, more storage space and a digital dashboard, as well as a flat-bottomed steering wheel. The Emira also benefits from an array of driver assistance features available, including adaptive cruise control, driver attention monitor, traffic sign information, lane departure warnings, Lane change assistance and rear cross traffic alerts.

The Emira begins production this fall at the Lotus plant in Hethel, UK, which was recently upgraded by Geely for production of the new sports car, as well as future electric sports cars like the soon to be released Evija hypercar and the upcoming Type 135 sports car. in 2026.

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