The Lotus Emira is the new mid-engine sports car from the British sports car brand. According to what has been stated, the Emira has all the features that the automotive world expects from a Lotus: good design, exciting dynamic performance that offers ride and handling, aerodynamics and a high level driving experience. Sort of a throwback to the future in anticipation of the brand’s full electrification in the coming years.
Building on the legacy of models like the Elise, Exige and Evora, Emira puts in place a quantum leap for Lotus in terms of styling and design quality. Those instantly recognizable brand signatures and core values have been combined with a paradigm shift in levels of practicality, comfort, functionality and technology. The Emira was developed on a new lightweight aluminum chassis. The vehicle’s innovative architecture is wrapped in a bold, sculpted design that utilizes cues clearly developed by Evija. The key dimensions of the Emira are a length of 4,412mm; width 1,895mm; height 1,225mm; and wheelbase 2,575mm.
The Emira is the first Lotus heat-powered sports car to usher in the new design language first shown on the Evija hypercar. It is a contemporary look with sculpted surfaces and technical details, offering exotic supercar appeal in the sports car segment. A new and more premium approach for Lotus in terms of form and materials, it’s also a leap forward in fit and finish. Led by Russell Carr, Lotus Design Director, the creative team was able to design elegant lines and shapes that look wind-sculpted and modern at the same time.
“The Emira captures the visual drama of an exotic supercar, with great proportions, a large footprint on the ground and a cabin that sits low between the muscular flanks,” said Russell Carr. Vertical LED headlights are standard across the range, with a double-blade design inspired by birds’ wings. At the rear, Lotus branding dominates the bumper, above a body-color panel that is clearly inspired by the Evija’s rear end. At each end is an air intake for air from the wheel well. The interior has been built around the driver, thanks to a pure ergonomic design and instruments positioned for the most intuitive use. The Emira follows these principles to the letter to create a modern driving environment with essential controls at your fingertips while avoiding the slightest distraction. The two seats are designed to combine exceptional lateral support for high-speed cornering with total comfort for long-distance travel.