Lotus Emira, the last of Hethel with the internal combustion engine. Data and price

Lotus Emira, the last of Hethel with the internal combustion engine. Data and price
Lotus Emira, the last of Hethel with the internal combustion engine. Data and price

It will be the last Lotus powered exclusively with a combustion engine. Emira will arrive in spring 2022 with a 400hp 3.5-liter V6 and a 360hp 2.0-liter AMG four-cylinder. Prices from 72 thousand euros.

The total minimalism of Lotus appeared anachronistic now a few years ago, with the new generations of Elise who have clearly moved away from the first of 1996. The disruptive energy transition that has overwhelmed the world of road transport requires a revolution of the to conceive and design cars. Hence, Emira takes on a particular meaning: it will be the last car to leave the Hethel factories without any form of electrification. Only one (or better, two) combustion engine to power it; but it will be the last time. The future of Lotus is electrified and electric, as anticipated by the Evija supercar. Lotus Emira will be available by spring 2022 at a price of approximately 72,000 euros for continental Europe.

V6 or four cylinders

Emira is built on the basis of an aluminum frame: 4.41o mm long, and weighs 1,405 kg. Not a few, by Lotus standards. However, it must be specified that this car aims to offer itself to a wide and varied public, not only in search of a “pure” and impractical sports car. An evolution of the project made eloquent by the engine range: there are two choices available to the customer, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder AMG and the historic 3.5-liter V6 Toyota. The first engine is the same that in Germany is used on the very powerful 45 S Class A, but here the power should drop to around 360 HP, with still remarkable performance. Initial indications suggest acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 290 km / h. The V6 with volumetric compressor (the same already available on Evora and Exige) should instead develop a total power of about 400 Hp. Choosing the Japanese engine, the Emira can be equipped with either a manual or automatic gearbox. For both, the traction is only rear.

Almost a Gran Turismo

The element that more than any other distances Emira from the rest of the Lotus range (and history ..) is certainly the cockpit. In fact, it is an anticipation of what will probably be seen on the Lotus of the future: no longer extreme and impractical cars, but comfortable and versatile grand tourers to be used even every day, without sacrificing driving pleasure. The organization is very rational and there is a 10.25 ”on-board entertainment system screen in the center of the dashboard, also compatible with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. The instrument panel is also fully digital and the multifunction steering wheel allows you to navigate between the various functions in an ergonomic way and without being distracted from the driving phases. The seats are adjusted electrically and the latest generation of driver assistance systems are present. Behind the seats there is a payload space for a total of 208 liters as well as a trunk of 153 liters. Lotus Emira, with these stylistic and content choices, will position itself in the medium sports segment, going to directly challenge the Alpine A110 and Porsche Cayman.

July 7, 2021 (change July 7, 2021 | 16:29)

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