For such a small manufacturer, it is a particularly complex range that forms the backbone of future models. We will indeed have no less than 4 different platforms at Lotus: one for the electric hypercar, another for the SUV, a third for an electric co-developed with Alpine and finally a platform for a last combustion engine vehicle before switch to electric.
This car is the Emira, and here it is at last. Much larger (4.41 meters long, all the same) than the Elise and Exige, it is closer to the Evora. It should also be remembered that it comes to replace these three cars at once!
An Emira of just over 1400 kg, which clearly tries to seduce as many people as possible. Do you find it heavy for a Lotus? Normal: the English has its share of technologies and driving aids (regulator, electric seats, keyless access and start, reversing radars, electric mirrors, curtain airbags, rear collision warning, etc.).
The Emira will therefore try to make gringue to the greatest number. First by its practical aspects: a space of 208 liters behind the seats, and another of 151 liters in the rear trunk. A 12.3-inch touchscreen, digital instrumentation, and … a KEF 10HP audio system. Yes, you read that right.
Inside, we are far from the austere presentation of an Elise or an Exige. Lotus has made sure to go upmarket with an atmosphere that almost reminds McLaren productions.
Two engines, two origins
The Lotus Emira will offer two engines. The first is the usual Toyota 3.5 V6 already found on the Evora. The other engine is German: it is the block M139 Mercedes AMG, which one finds under the A45 AMG. It will be exclusively associated with the dual-clutch transmission, while the V6 customer will have the choice between manual and automatic.
The fastest Emira will pass 100 km / h in less than 4 seconds. Lotus does not yet specify the respective powers of the two versions but still announces an entry ticket for less than € 72,000.