Lotus is known for its remarkable sports cars that are optimal on track. Though they don’t have the same massive numbers in either power or cylinder count that many high-end supercars do, they often put down numbers on track that match or beat their bigger, badder competition. However, Lotus says they plan to shift solely to electric cars in the near future. However, the new Lotus Emira is one phenomenal way to mark the end of their gasoline engine era.
Supercar styling and performance from either four or six cylinders
Car and Driver report that the Emira is indeed the final non-electric vehicle Lotus intends to produce. Additionally, they state that this might just be the best one Lotus has ever made.
Like most Lotus vehicles from the past, the Emira is a driver’s car. While most modern cars have active and adaptive control systems to aid a driver’s success, the Emira does not. Instead, Lotus aims to retain the concept of a pure driving experience with no interference. Additionally, many modern sports cars made the switch to electric power steering. Yet, the Emira retains “old-school” hydraulic power steering.
Like one would expect from a Lotus, Car, and Driver reports that the grip and handling characteristics of the Emira are fantastic, even though the demo day was rained out. Despite the wet track, the Emira still managed to reach 1.0G of the force around the corners thanks to its grippy tires and outstanding suspension tuning.
Power is more than sufficient thanks to its 400 horsepower supercharged Toyota V6. However, Lotus says a four-cylinder AMG power plant will also be available. However, lower power output isn’t necessarily a point to worry about with the Emira. Lotus claims it has a curb weight of only 3,150 pounds. That puts it about 400 pounds lighter than the lightest Ford Fiesta.
More options for mass appeal
The Car and Driver report states that one does not have to drive the Emira to its maximum to enjoy it, though. This is great news because Lotus aims to produce 4,500 examples of their new sports car annually. C&D reports this is more than twice the combined sales of the Exige, Evora, and Elise over the past decade.
Switchable driving modes make the Emira more feasible as a daily driver than one might think. Putting the vehicle in Tour mode gives a slightly lazier throttle response and activates the vehicle’s stability control for less intense driving. For even less spirited driving and somewhat surprisingly, the Emira is available with an automatic transmission with both engines. Though, this isn’t too surprising as Lotus began offering automatic transmissions back in 20212.
Inside, C&D reports that the Emira is impressive. Soft facings on the door panels, dashboard, and well-thought-out ergonomics make it comfortable. Combining these features with its central touchscreen and digital dashboard makes the Emira a genuinely livable car more than a weekend track toy. ‘
Overall, C&D declares their initial outlook on the Emira as “overwhelmingly positive.” Now, onto the pesky details of the purchase price.
What does a Lotus Emira cost?
Fortunately, there’s no speculating to do here. Lotus has already confirmed the prices. A fully-loaded V6 Lotus Emira will run you $96,100. Deliveries in North America are said to begin later this year. Additionally, Lotus states the AMG four-cylinder variant will be available in 2023 with a starting price of $77,100.
Obviously, the Emira isn’t the most affordable sports car out there. However, it seems like a pretty solid deal for the driving experience and its competitiveness in a field of vehicles that cost much more. It’s also worth keeping in mind that this is the last chance we’ll ever have to buy a brand new gasoline-powered Lotus sports car. Doesn’t that make it seem a little more worth it?