British manufacturer of sports and racing cars introduces its last gasoline-powered model – the 2022 Lotus Emira two-seater.
It will be a single sports car in the range and the final one with an internal combustion engine.
The model comes with a pair of engine choices: AMG’s 2.0-liter 4-cylinder 360-hp unit in combination with a standard dual-clutch transmission, and Toyota’s supercharged 3.5-liter V6 with a torque converter. The latter produces 400 hp and 317 lb-ft and will be available with a manual gearbox.
The car will stick with hydraulically assisted steering in place of an electrically boosted rack. The model’s fastest version will speed up from a standstill to 62 mph in less than 4.5 seconds. The top speed is 180 mph.
The lightest Emira will weigh 3,097 pounds. The car is 173.7 inches long and has a 101.4-inch wheelbase. It sits on a bonded aluminum chassis with tightly wrapped fiberglass bodywork. The cargo space is 7.3 ft3, in addition to a 5.3 ft3 compartment behind the engine.
The Emira doesn’t have active aerodynamic elements but produces positive downforce with the forces carefully balanced between each end.
In the cabin, you’ll see a 10.2-inch central touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster as standard. Conventional controls for heating and ventilation remain.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are standard. There are twins of cup holders, USB and 12-volt charging ports.
For the first time, active safety features include adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, AEB, and road sign info.
The entry-level Lotus Emira will cost close to the Porsche 718 Cayman S, that is, from $70,000. Sales begin early next year.