When visualizing a Lotus, one may think of a small nimble car such as the Elise. However, Lotus has decided to go in a different direction with the new 2022 Lotus Emira, building a stunning functional daily driver rivaling the Porsche Cayman.
UK-based auto platform carwow describes the Emira as an “amazing 1/4 price Ferrari 488 Pista.” The two-seater sports car has a bonded aluminum chassis with wrapped fiberglass bodywork featuring heavily contoured scoops integrated into the doors channeling air to the mid-mounted engine. 20-inch rims and Goodyear Eagle tires come standard. A boot compartment behind the engine offers 5.3-cubic feet of storage with an additional 7.3 cubic feet of space behind the seats.
The cabin gets a clean modern makeover with a 10.2-inch central touchscreen, all-new safety features, ambient lighting, and standard Apple Carplay and Android Auto integration. For steering, the Lotus opts out of electric assistance and sticks to good old-fashioned hydraulics for better sensation and feedback.
The Emira is available in two engines, a Mercedes AMG-sourced 2L four-cylinder turbo with 360 horsepower found in the new AMG-A45 S, or a supercharged 400-hp Toyota 3.5L V-6 currently offered in the Evora. The manual gearbox can only be offered with the V-6 which will be able to accelerate from zero to 62mph in less than 4.5 seconds and have a top speed of 180-mph.
Sales of the Lotus Emira begin in early 2022, with the car starting around $70,000 USD.
£60k. 400bhp. Mercedes-AMG engine option. Meet the new Lotus Emira, a brand new rival to Porsche’s Cayman and the BMW M2… pic.twitter.com/Jk10NNFkr3
— Top Gear (@BBC_TopGear) July 6, 2021
Introducing the all-new LOTUS EMIRA ?
This gorgeous sports car will arrive with either a 3.5-litre supercharged V6 or a 2-litre 4-cylinder – the same as you’ll find in the AMG A45 S! ?
— carwow (@carwowuk) July 6, 2021
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