Lotus Emira supercar revealed: price, specs and release date

July 06, 2021 by

This is the new Lotus Emira. It’s an all-new sports car with up to 400hp from an AMG-tuned engine and one that should be easier to live with than the existing Elise and Exige models. Read on for full details…

  • New Lotus Emira revealed
  • Upmarket mid-engined sportscar
  • Evija-inspired design
  • 3.6-litre supercharged V6 engine
  • 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder option
  • Automatic and manual gearboxes
  • 0-60mph in less than 4.5 seconds
  • Upmarket, high-tech interior
  • Focus on every-day usability
  • Will cost from less than £60,000

The new Lotus Emira is a high-performance sports car could tempt you away from the likes of the Porsche 718 Cayman.

This all-new model comes with the option of a supercharged V6 engine (borrowed from the current Exige and Evora) and an all-new AMG-tuned 2.0-litre Mercedes engine from the A45 S. Entry-level cars will cost less than £60,000 when they go on sale soon.

Lotus Emira design

The Lotus Emira looks great, doesn’t it? Just imagine this car parked next to something like a Porsche Cayman – which one do you think is going to get the most attention?

Part of the reason it looks so dramatic is that it borrows plenty of bits from the eye-popping Evija electric hypercar, including the thin headlights, vents in the bonnet and intakes behind the doors.

All models come with 20-inch alloy wheels as standard, which are pretty large for a low-slung sports car, and you can choose from six paint colours, including this new Seneca Blue.

Lotus Emira engines

You can get the new Lotus Emira with two engines. First-up is a supercharged 3.5-litre petrol V6 sourced from Toyota. It’s just like the one you can get in the outgoing Lotus Exige and will be available with an automatic or six-speed manual gearbox like in that car, too.

New for the Emira is a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder AMG-built engine. Yes, it’s based on the same engine as you get in the bonkers 421hp AMG A45 S. This will come with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox as standard with AMG’s ever-reliable launch-control system.

Lotus has confirmed the Emira’s engines will make between 360hp and 400hp, and produce a maximum of 430Nm of torque.

Lotus Emira driving

Lotus is known for making some of the lightest cars on sale – the original Elise tipped the scales at around 730kg when it first went on sale. The new Emira is set to weigh almost double that, which puts it in the same ballpark as the 1,400kg Porsche 718 Cayman.

Don’t expect it to be a slouch, though – the new Emira will do 0-60mph in less than 4.5 seconds. That’s a smidge quicker than a Porsche 718 Cayman S and an Alpine A110 S.

You’ll be able to choose from two different suspension setups when you buy an Emira. There’s a ‘Tour’ setup that’s designed to strike a balance between sharp cornering and long-distance comfort, and a Sport setup that’ll keep the track-day crowd happy. This comes as part of the ‘Lotus Drivers’ Pack’ that also adds some more track-focussed Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.

Lotus Emira interior

Compared with the back-to-basics Elise, the new Lotus Emira’s interior is packed with a plethora of posh features. You get a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 12/3-inch digital driver’s display, four-way electrically adjustable seats and with ambient interior lighting – in a Lotus…?

This all goes to show that Lotus is moving away from its hard-core track-day sports car image and plans to make the Emira a sports car you can use every day. Handy then, that it comes with 208 litres of luggage space behind the seats and a 151-litre boot that’s big enough to carry a set of golf clubs…

Lotus Emira price and release date

First Edition versions of the Lotus Emira with a 3.5-litre V6 engine will go on sale first, and new 2.0-litre four-cylinder cars will appear in showrooms in Summer 2022. Lotus is keeping tight-lipped about prices, but has confirmed that you’ll be able to get your hands on an entry-level Emira for less than £60,000.

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