The 2022 Lotus Emira Is the Final Petrol Sports Car for the British Carmaker

The 2022 Lotus Emira promises to be the British marque’s final petrol-powered sports car, replacing the Elise, Exige and Evora models.

With strong proportions, a wide footprint, and a cabin that sits low between strong haunches, the Emira embodies the aesthetic spectacle of an elegant supercar.

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Lotus Cars managing director Matt Windle said the Emira is a gamechanger for Lotus.

“It stands as a beacon of everything we have achieved to date in the transformation of the business, the embodiment of our progress,” he said. “It is a highly significant milestone on our path to becoming a truly global performance car brand.”

From next spring, the first customer automobiles will be shipped all over the world. The first vehicles will be offered as limited-production ‘First Edition’ versions at launch, driven by the much-loved and Lotus-honed 3.5-litre V6 that first saw action in the Exige and Evora.

The Emira powered by AMG will arrive in summer 2022, marking the first new Lotus sports car engine in more than a decade. The AMG unit is a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder ‘i4′ from Mercedes-performance Benz’s division, which is new to Lotus.

AMG has joined Lotus as a technical partner on the Emira project for the first time, with some fundamental alterations to the in-line four-cylinder setup for its Lotus premiere. The unit has been upgraded with a new air intake system and new exhaust to suit the character of the Emira. It is transversely mounted and delivers rear-wheel drive.

The second engine, the 3.5-litre supercharged Toyota V6 beloved by Exige and Evora drivers, is more familiar. A manual, automatic, and Dual Clutch Transmission will be offered (DCT).

Power output will range between 360 and 400bhp across the Emira range at launch, with 0-62mph (0-100km/h) acceleration in less than 4.5 seconds and peak speeds of up to 180mph (290km/h).

The maximum torque will be 430Nm, and CO2 emissions will start at less than 180 grammes per kilometre. The car’s smallest version is expected to weigh 1,405kg, and pricing will start at less than £60,000 (A$110,000).

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