2022 Lotus Emira First Look: A Few Minutes With The Sports Car

2022 Lotus Emira  – It’s the 2022 Lotus Emira is notable due to a myriad of reasons, not least as it’s the last Lotus model to feature the internal combustion engine. The Emira takes a few styling cues from the electric Evija hypercar, but underneath the skin of slinky, it’s the exact light engine that has made it and its Evora predecessor so well-known. We were fortunate enough to spend some time in the private with the Emira and it’s more appealing in person than in pictures.

2022 Lotus Emira
2022 Lotus Emira

2022 Lotus Emira Redesign

It’s also smaller than what it appears to be which isn’t surprising considering it’s just a bit larger over the Evora. It’s slightly wider too, with a wheels-at-the-corners stance wholly appropriate to a compact sports car. The design of the Emira is more sophisticated and refined than the more boy-racer Evora due to the stunning curves re-created off the Evija. We love the shape of the boomerang vents for the hood, as well as jet-fighter-style side intakes. Likewise, the wide-width LED taillights look stunning on the elegant rear thighs.

Engine

The Emira will have the carryover supercharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that is estimated to have 400 horsepower (298 Kilowatts) that is sourced from Toyota and coupled to a six-speed automatic or manual transmission. Additionally, there will be a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine that produces 360 horsepower (268 kW) We think that number may be overrated as the AMG-built engine produces 382 horsepower within the Mercedes CLA 45. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission will be the sole transmission available with the engine.

2022 Lotus Emira Specs
2022 Lotus Emira Specs

Lotus has set a target for a curb weight of 3000 pounds that’s impressive considering Emira’s more extensive list of common features. Digital instrument clusters and a touchscreen in the form of a tablet are standard and borrowed from the parent company Geely and the interior quality and fit are better than the slick Evora. There’s no longer a time when Lotuses featured open floors made of aluminum and seats with thin padding It’s a fact and the open shift linkage is an interesting way to celebrate minimal design. This Emira will also include an extensive selection of active safety features, such as automated emergency brakes and adaptive cruise control. Even though we weren’t permitted to take the Emira during our brief time with it, however, we were able to watch Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button’s whizz in Laguna Seca, and he was enjoying his time at the wheel, commenting on its stunning performance and stunning sound. The supercharged V6 is a dream when it’s on the track, and that’s not surprising considering the pulsating soundtrack of the Evora. If it’s as good as an F1 champion (and Lotus coachbuilder), then it’s great for us.

2022 Lotus Emira Price & Release Date

When Lotus unveiled the Emira in July, pricing figures for the British market suggested that it would cost less than $80, too. This morning, Lotus has confirmed that the price of the base Emira will begin at $74,900 for the U.S. market. People looking for the cheapest Emira that they can get must wait, however. The initial production run of Emiras will be V-6-spec Launch Edition vehicles. They begin at $93,600. However, they come with manual transmissions and a variety of options for performance as normal. One of them, the Drivers Pack, comes with an additional Set of Michelin Sport Cup 2s. The cars will be available for purchase in the fall of 2022 and a second First Edition powered by the AMG-sourced four-cylinder to follow later that year.

2022 Lotus Emira Redesign
2022 Lotus Emira Redesign

If you’re patient until 2023 in 2023, the standard Emira will launch at $74,900. It’s $14,400 higher than what Porsche is listing the base Cayman which is its main North American competition, but this car has just 300 horsepower. The Emira is more in direct competition with its counterparts, the Cayman S as well as GTS 4.0, which start at $72,500 and $87.400, respectively. The pricing of options will affect how the two cars are compared in most buying scenarios however, Emira options will not be available until the online configurator is updated on the 18th of October.