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Lotus Emira (2021): the last thermal Lotus

It’s the end of an era. Before going electric, the British manufacturer Lotus unveils its latest 100% thermal model: the two-seater Emira coupe.

Lotus had announced it, it’s done! Before going all-electric, the British brand unveils its latest 100% thermal model. Here is the Emira.

Replacement of Elise, Exige and Evora

Sportswoman brought to replace aging Elise, Exige and Evora, the Emira is based on an unprecedented platform, one of the four new structures developed by Lotus with its Chinese owner Geely. Measuring 4,41 m de long for 1.89 m wide and 1.22 m high (2.57 m wheelbase), this is a two-seater coupe with mid-rear engine.

Four cylinder AMG or Toyota V6?

To propel it, two motors are offered : a four cylinder 2.0l turbo from Mercedes-AMG (already on the Class A family) and a V6 3.5l Toyota already found on the Exige and Evora, with dual-clutch transmission, manual gearbox or automatic transmission.

The powers of these two organs have not yet been revealed but Lotus promises nonetheless between 360 and 400 hp and up to 430 Nm of torque, all for a weight of 1,405 kg (aluminum frame). What to claim a 0 to 100 km / h in under 4.5 seconds and an top speed of about 290 km / h.

And look de petite Evija

This sportiness is felt design side since the Emira is directly influenced by the Evija. Like the electric hypercar, the car sports a picked up, openwork and plunging hood, tapered vertical LED headlamps and particularly worked and hollowed-out sides. The rear differs however more by gaining in sobriety with in particular more compact lights. We also note the presence of a large diffuser and two exhaust outlets.


A modern, practical and comfortable Lotus

Once inside, we’re fine this time far from the austere atmosphere of the brand’s previous productions. We would even get closer to what is done at McLaren. So we find big and beautiful screens. One measures 12.5 inches and serves as an instrument cluster while the other is dedicated to the multimedia system. Tactile, it displays 10.25 inches diagonally and is installed on the dashboard like a tablet.

To seduce the greatest world, Emira therefore wants to be sporty and luxurious but also practical and comfortable. It therefore benefits from several storage spaces (208 liters behind the seats and 151 liters in the trunk), electric seats, a keyless entry and start system, a KEF audio system with 10 speakers and a whole slew of driving aids (adaptive cruise control, reversing radars, lane departure warning, fatigue detector, etc.).

Produced in Hethel, England, the Lotus Emira will be offered under 72,000 €. The first deliveries will take place in spring 2022.

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