The New Lotus Emira Is Lotus’ Last Gas-Powered Model
July 6, 2021 – Serving as its final hurrah in gas-powered vehicles, Lotus is releasing it’s all-new mid-engine sports car: The Lotus Emira. The new Lotus mimics looks from their all-electric hypercar example, the Evija, taking cues like its sporty profile and sleek and sculpted design features.
Honoring the spirit of the classic sports car, the Lotus Emira will be offered both with an automatic dual clutch transmission, and a traditional stick shift manual transmission with positioning echoing the interior of the iconic Lotus Esprit.
Lotus will be offering the Emira with two engine options; a 2.0L inline 4-cylinder turbocharged engine developed by partner, AMG, and a 3.5L supercharged V6 previously seen in the much loved Evora and Exige. All models across the range will be made to produce between 360 and 400bhp, with a 0-60 of less than 4.5 seconds and top speed of 180mph. A modest, yet refined offering for their last combustion engine ever.
As the company looks towards the future with their “Vision80” plan, one that looks to transform Lotus by its 80th anniversary in 2028, they’re embracing the future of automotive technology with it. Citing that they will be focusing only on electrification of their lineup, the Lotus Emira serves as their way of honoring their legacy while taking the big step towards their future.