The Emira, possibly the most important automobile since the Elise, was ultimately presented in metal at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England.
This is because, as we welcome the company’s newest model, we’re also bidding farewell to not only some old friends – the Elise, Exige, and Evora – but to any Lotus car with an engine.
Let’s have a look at what’s new in the showroom before we look into the basis behind this assertion.
The car will be available with either a 2-liter Mercedes-AMG or a 3.5-liter V6 engine, neither of which will be hybrid-assisted or electric, and will be built out of extruded aluminum as part of its new Sports Car Technology. The transmission will be either manual or automatic.
Classical Being the Last of its Kind
With a power range of 360 to 400hp, the presumption here is that the 2-liter Mercedes engine will deliver at least 360hp and the larger 3.5 V6 will provide the whole 400hp, though we won’t know for sure until it arrives.
If some drivers choose to drive around town or from place to place sedately while listening to a podcast or purchasing coffee at the drive-thru, the car will be capable of ‘best in class handling’ while also giving a more comfortable ride, according to Lotus.
Jokes aside, this is an essential issue because previous Lotus models, such as the lightweight Elise and Exige, were not designed with comfort in mind and were not the pinnacle of practicality.
Unless you were a single individual without pets who never traveled great distances or did your own shopping. The Evora improved on this, and based on what we’ve seen of the Emira, we can assume that this new car will follow in the footsteps of the former rather than the Elise or Exige.
That’s a good thing since once they’ve nailed the handling and performance, the increased room, comfort, and luxuries will be a welcome addition, allowing the car to fully fill the void left by its three predecessors’ individual philosophies.
The Transformation, Evija
The Evija, an electric hypercar that shares a few design characteristics but not much else with the Emira, will be Lotus’ flagship. It makes sense – and Lotus understands this – that as we move into the thick of things with electric cars, as governments and organizations set end-dates for new fossil-fueled vehicle sales, and as the public increasingly opts for electric cars and the speed and economy they provide, it would be foolish to develop and sell a hypercar that isn’t on the cutting edge of engine technology.
It’s a new model, at a new level, that’s anticipated to carve out a niche in the globe and stay – long enough to justify the investment and generate profits.
Of course, a petrol hypercar is still profitable – just look at Lamborghini, Ferrari, and McLaren – but they’re all going electric in some form or another, and that trend isn’t going away anytime soon.
Lotus appears to be trustworthy and committed to its values. Why? Because it doesn’t want to tamper with the ethos, beliefs, and characteristics that have been synonymous with its machines.
So it’d rather produce another ‘pure’ Lotus with no hybrid assistance or special qualities, which it can sell in the meantime, with the Evija taking over the electric function until the Emira is forced to go electric or roll over and make way for a new battery-powered successor.
What The Future Holds
Lamborghini has set a 2024 deadline for the last purely gasoline-powered vehicle, which means we’ll still see hybrids, but don’t rule out engine downsizing to accommodate the electric motors. By 2030, a fully electric variant will be available.
Although the new Artura is a true production hybrid supercar, it follows the also-hybrid powered P1, like the Honda NSX, McLaren has floated a similar concept to cease petrol engine use by the end of this decade.
Similar commitments have been made by mass-market automakers, with Volvo pledging to phase out fossil fuels by 2030. It’s not just car companies pressing the European Union to ban new fossil-fueled cars by 2035; Coca-Cola has signed the letter.
In any case, given the importance of the future climate and the unstoppable train we’re on, it’s interesting that Lotus chose not to tinker with its new sports car, giving us one last chance to experience a cutting-edge machine and appreciate the internal combustion engine in all its exhaust-emitting glory.