The Lotus Emira is the new mid-engine sports car from the British brand. The Emira has all the features the automotive world has come to expect from a Lotus: sharp design crafted by Russell Carr’s team, exciting dynamic performance that delivers ride and handling, aerodynamics and, it promises, a premium driving experience. A return to the future of sorts, the Emira is the last Lotus to be launched with a heat engine, pending full electrification of the brand in the coming years.
“We have focused everything on style, technology and lightness. The results are surprising: the power-to-weight ratio is the best in its class, the design is inspired by our electric hypercar Evija and inaugurates a new philosophy that will also be applied to all future electric vehicles, while the aluminium and steel chassis has allowed us to keep the weight down to 1,400 kilos”, says Marco Codega, Lotus Regional Manager for Southern Europe. The key dimensions of the Emira are a length of 4,412 mm; width 1,895 mm; height 1,225 mm; and wheelbase 2,575 mm.
The design results in a contemporary look with sculpted surfaces and technical details crafted with the aim of delivering exotic supercar appeal in the sports car segment. A new and more premium approach for Lotus in terms of form and materials, it is also a leap forward in fit and finish. “The Emira captures the visual drama of an exotic supercar, with great proportions, a large footprint on the ground and an interior 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.