Motoring and Property Editor
1:00 AM 4th December 2021
Lotus Emira – A First Glimpse
An invite to the Concorde Hangar at Manchester airport seemed a great opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. Not only would I be able to take a look at the new Lotus Emira, on its tour of the UK prior to launching next spring, but also, I would be able to get up close to Concorde.
I can remember as a small boy watching the magnificent planes fly over London, and even though it was a regular sight, people still stood and stared, marvelling at its elegance and grace. And there was the noise…
Lotus will undoubtedly be hoping that the Emira will be a crowd-pleaser too and I don’t think they will be disappointed.
The Emira will be Lotus’s last ever petrol-powered sports car, building on the legacy of the Elise, Exige and Evora. Developed on a new lightweight bonded aluminium chassis, the core values that made its predecessors great are undoubtedly carried over, but with a noticeable uplift in levels of comfort, practicality and technology.,
First Editions cars will be available from spring of next year with prices starting at £75,995. For now, that is the only model that you can spec, but a base model will be available to order next year to arrive in early 2023. From £59,995 if that appeals.
Powering the First Edition is a mid-mounted 3.5-litre supercharged V6 motor, developing 400hp, and capable of propelling the Emira from rest to 60mph in just 4.3 seconds. Top speed is stated to be 180mph.
I was lucky enough to drive an Exige Cup 430 last year and confirm how blisteringly quick that car was in real world driving. Thrilling and slightly scary…
There is a choice of manual and automatic gears, the latter being an £1,800 option.
The car rides on 20-inch ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels, diamond cut to create a two-tone finish, but other options are available.
LED lighting, power-fold door mirrors and rear parking sensors add to the car’s everyday usability.
There is a choice of six paint colours, with Seneca Blue of the display car likely to be a popular choice. Others include Hethel Yellow, Dark Verdant, Shadow Grey, Nimbus Grey and Magma Red.
On the inside you can choose from a variety of colours in either leather or Alcantara.
Managing Director of Lotus Cars said:
“Emira is the most accomplished Lotus we’ve ever made, and to celebrate and reward our keenest early customers, we want to make the first cars extra special to own. The features have been carefully selected by our design team to make for a truly special and distinct First Edition.”
The Emira will be a rare sight on our roads, though a very distinctive one. Orders have been flooding in and it is unlikely that any new customers will now be able to get a car next year. My advice would be to make contact with your local Lotus dealer without delay and perhaps get in early for the new entry level car.
I look forward to getting behind the wheel sometime soon and will bring you driving impressions then.
As for Concorde, still as majestic as ever and such a shame that they will never fly again.