• Lotus Is Saying Goodbye To Gasoline-Power Cars With EMIRA

A debut is slated to happen on July 6, which is when we’ll find out more details about this sports car

As if the development of the Evija wasn’t a clear sign that Lotus is looking to make the switch to electrons, the British sports car maker is once again enforcing that decision by launching a brand new sports car - the last Lotus to pack a combustion engine after the axing of the Elise, Exige and Evora.

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The new sports car will be called Emira. In case you’re wondering why this name, Lotus explains that the word is found in numerous ancient languages and it’s associated with a commander or a leader.

Details are scarce, as you’d imagine, but Lotus says the Emira will get an assortment of petrol engines. Interestingly enough, Lotus also mentions an additional powertrain "new to Lotus, highly efficient" that will be "tuned to help deliver that distinctive Lotus experience."

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"It’s the most accomplished Lotus for generations - the perfectly packaged, powered and formed sports car. Beautifully-proportioned, shrink-wrapped, but with comfort, technology and ergonomics built in. With a design inspired by the Evija all-electric hypercar, it’s a game-changing Lotus sports car," says Matt Windle, Managing Director at Lotus.

The Emira will sit on the carmaker’s new lightweight aluminum platform dubbed Elemental. Lotus also wants to ramp up volume sales with the Emira, which is expected to push about 3,500 units every year, boosting the company’s sales from 1,500 units to 5,000 units per year.

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Beyond the Emira, Lotus’ plans for the future involve electricity and electricity only.The 1,972-horsepower, quad-motor Evija is coming later this year, and Lotus is already working with Alpine on a lightweight all-electric sports car. What’s more, Lotus also wants to delve into "lifestyle" vehicles and it will do so with a platform called Evolution.

We don’t know about you, but to us, lifestyle car reads as SUV or crossover. Most likely of the electric variety.

Lotus Evija specifications
Powertrain Four electric motors
Battery 70 kWh battery pack
Horsepower 1,972 horsepower
Torque 1,254 pound-feet of torque
Transmission Four single-shift gearboxes
Weight 3,703 pounds
Power-to-Weight Ratio 1,174 horsepower - ton (estimate)
0 to 60 MPH Less than three seconds
Top Speed Over 200 mph
Electric range 250 miles (estimate)
Price $2.07 million
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Lotus has today confirmed the name of its eagerly anticipated all-new sports car will be EMIRA.

The news was confirmed during the Driving Tomorrow global digital conference broadcast. To date it has been known only by its codename, the Lotus Type 131.

The name had been teased by Lotus in a film on social media in recent days. It was ‘hidden in plain sight’ as part of a pattern of dots and dashes designed into the central line on a road. Those with knowledge of Morse Code could have spotted that it spelled Emira. Today, 27 April, is the anniversary of the birthday of Samuel Morse, inventor of Morse Code.

Pronounced ‘E-meer-a’, the word features in numerous ancient languages and often translates as ‘commander’ or ‘leader’. It’s highly appropriate as this is the exciting new sports car leading Lotus on a journey to a thrilling new future.

The Emira will be unveiled on Tuesday 6 July at Hethel, Norfolk – where the Emira will be built – and will make its public dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on 8-11 July.

Lotus has also confirmed that, contrary to media speculation, the car will not be a hybrid. The Emira will be powered by a choice of internal combustion engines – the last time Lotus will launch an ICE car – with an exciting new powertrain partnership. The additional powertrain option will be new to Lotus, highly efficient, use cutting edge technology and be tuned to help deliver that distinctive Lotus experience.

With a distinctive new sports car design influenced by the Lotus Evija hypercar, Emira marks the acceleration of the brand’s product-led offensive into a new era of contemporary design, highly efficient powertrains, and everyday usability coupled with explosive performance.

Speaking about the Emira, Matt Windle said: ”It’s the most accomplished Lotus for generations – the perfectly packaged, powered and formed sports car. Beautifully proportioned, shrink-wrapped, but with comfort, technology and ergonomics built in. With a design inspired by the Evija all-electric hypercar, it’s a game-changing Lotus sports car.”

More details on the Lotus Emira will follow in July when the car is revealed.

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