The last traditional… Lotus reveals details of new sports car

The last traditional… Lotus reveals details of new sports car

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Lotus, owned by the Chinese holding company Geely, is preparing to unveil its latest combustion-engine sports car, which will be the successor to the brand’s existing Elise, Exige and Evora models. The British will show a car called Emira on July 6, but for now, Lotus has published a video teaser on Facebook, in which it showed some details of the interior of the novelty: a part of the steering wheel and a virtual dashboard.

The Lotus Emira. The other sports car.

Published by Lotus Cars on Monday 7 June 2021

As seen in the teaser, Emira will receive a truncated top steering wheel with a yellow zero mark, the same stitching and a new Lotus logo, as well as a digital tidy, the interface of which changes color depending on the selected driving mode. Judging by the paddle shifters, the sports car will get an automatic transmission, but the option with a “mechanic” is also possible.

It is known that the two-seat Emira will be based on the new Elemental aluminum platform – one of four being developed by Lotus as part of the Vision80 strategy. The architecture, like the other three, will be “open”, and after Emira, third-party automakers will be able to use it.

As for the engine range, the new product will receive more than one internal combustion engine. One option will be an engine from a hitherto unnamed partner of the British brand, and the second is Toyota’s 3.5-liter supercharged V6, delivering 422 horsepower and 430 Nm of torque on the Evora GT.

For the release of Emira, the company has significantly revamped its Norfolk facility, investing over £ 100 million and hiring at least 200 new employees. So far, pre-production prototypes have been delivered to the conveyor. Sales of the “commercial” version of the Emira, which will mark goodbye to the internal combustion engine and the old line, are expected to begin next year.

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