LOTUS EMIRALotus revives the heat engine once again
Before the British sports car manufacturer becomes a fully-fledged electric brand, it offers itself one last time, with the Emira, an old-school model. And what a model!
Thanks to the financial contribution of the Chinese giant Geely, Lotus, the British sports car manufacturer, is once again thriving. Before the Brits start building more than just electric sports cars, the automaker is releasing the Emira, a thermally powered sports car, which is set to inherit both the Elise and the Evora, today. still underestimated today. Swiss prices are not yet known, but should be around 100,000 francs, as a look at Germany suggests, where prices initially start at 96,000 euros for the richly equipped “First Edition”, but should later fall well below 90,000 euros for a less well equipped vehicle with a smaller engine.
Just at first glance, the two-seater 4.41 meters long and 1.22 meters high throws much more than its competitors, the Porsche Cayman or the Toyota Supra. Designed with the same fast lines as the Eviya electric hypercar, the Emira grabs more attention than any other show-off in the left lane. It is the image of a super sports car in the sports car category.
Mid-Engine Lightweight Construction Barquette
Based on an all-new platform, the Emira features the classic sports car layout with the front engine, rear-wheel drive and in between, a gearbox which, in this case, is manual. . Since the Emira must, like all Lotuses, be of light construction and only displays 1400 kg on the scale, it is therefore very agile. 400 hp and 420 Nm of torque are enough for the 3.5-litre V6 compressor engine to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 290 km/h. And AMG’s much lighter four-cylinder, announced for 2023, will be barely less lively, with its 365 hp. But above all, the engine is enough to give palpitations as soon as you press the start button hidden under a flap and only slowly fade when leaving, while the last look is on the back and on the engine under glass, while above, the air vibrates and in the ears and below, the muffler or the brakes crackle as it cools.
Otherwise, the Emira is pure emotion. Yes, you can also drive the coupe on the highway or keep it on a leash like a GT on wide country roads. But the new Lotus has other strengths. In Sport mode, the steering is precise and direct, the chassis firm, the brakes biting and resembles, in the neck, a barrel organ that has it in the belly. The Emira thus swallows bend after bend, storms the speed bumps and drives in a straight line. We do not even think of stopping, but rather of putting it back on the circuit in Track mode, with even more precision and enthusiasm in the turns.
Light, uncompromising and hungry for speed – while the Emira in many respects follows the classic Lotus virtues, it surprises at the same time with some unusual and otherwise obvious novelties, in particular its 151-litre trunk located at the rear of the engine central unit and its 208-litre capacity storage space behind the seats, but also by the ideal compartment for storing drinks at door level. While 25 years ago even radio was optional in the first Elise, the Brits now offer digital instrumentation with a touchscreen infotainment system and convenience features like a keyless access system. Lotus even added cruise control with distance control. Above all, the significantly larger doors now allow you to board with dignity without having to contort yourself.
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