There will never be another new Lotus like the all-new Emira. What we’re looking at is the final combustion-engined sports car from Hethel and it’s having its global debut at the 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed. A little heavier than the Evora it succeeds, the Emira is now available to configure with a limited number of customization options. Only the First Edition is offered at the moment of reporting, and it can be specified in six colors for the exterior: the Seneca Blue launch color, Nimbus Gray, Shadow Gray, Dark Verdant, Hethel Yellow, and Magma Red. Also worthy of note, the Lower Black Pack and Black Pack improve the car’s slender aesthetics.
In terms of wheel options, potential customers are offered two designs and three finishes. The brake calipers can be painted in silver, red, yellow, or black.
The Emira First Edition boasts four solid colors for the interior and three Alcantara-infused trim packs while the steering wheel is available in leather, Alcantara, and Alcantara with gray, red, or yellow Nappa inserts. Last, but certainly not least, the final step of the configuration process is centered around a supercharged V6 Toyota engine and an AMG 2.0-liter turbo.
Customers who prefer the tried-and-tested Japanese powerplant have to choose between a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual with a Torsen-style LSD for better control in the twisties. Opt for German power, albeit not on the same level as the A 45 S 4Matic+ uber hatchback, and your only choice is an AMG cog swapper with two clutches and eight forward gears.
Buyers will have a choice of a six-speed manual, automatic, and dual-clutch. And yes, the Emira is a global model and will go on sale in the US in the near future. We’re still waiting for more details from Lotus, but we can confirm this thing is fast. Zero to 60 mph takes less than 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 180 mph.
Based on current figures, it’s fair to assume these numbers are for the V6. Not everyone was a fan of the Evora’s styling, but the Emira is clearly a stunner because it looks like a downsized version of the Evija all-electric hypercar. And like its many Lotus ancestors, the Emira is all about slashing weight and adding power. Or, as the late great Lotus founder, Colin Chapman, put it: “Simplify, then add lightness.” The company says the car’s target weight is just 3,097 pounds. Built on the Lotus Sports Car Architecture with extruded aluminum chassis technology, the Emira has two chassis settings: Tour and Sports. The latter, very clearly, is for more spirited driving.
The interior doesn’t break any new design ground but that was never the goal. It looks modern enough, featuring a flat-bottom steering wheel, 10.25-inch touchscreen, and a 12.3-inch driver’s display. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as are driver-assist systems like lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control.
Marketed as a daily-drivable sports car, the Emira isn’t exactly practical due to 5.3 cubic feet (150 liters) of cargo capacity in the trunk and 7.4 cubic feet (210 liters) behind the seats. As for pricing, the most affordable specification costs just under $83,415.