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Thursday, April 29, 2021

Towards the birth of the last petrol-engined sports car of Lotus

After some time ago, Lotus Cars had launched officially its first electric-powered hypercar, named Lotus Evija, again the British company will introduce its newest sports car which is projected to be the successor of its previous sports car line ups.
The teaser image of Lotus Emira, the  last petrol-engined sports car of Lotus. (Picture from: Carscoops)
The new sportscar model is named Lotus Emira which is also said to be the last petrol-engined sports car produced by the British company. Previously, this Emira sports car was known by its code name, the Type 131 which was designed to fulfill the Lotus's promise of creating cars that were more useful and better equipped than previous models such as the Evora, Elise and Exige which will be replaced collectively.
The teaser image of Lotus Emira, the  last petrol-engined sports car of Lotus. (Picture from: Carscoops)
As the plan, this Hethel, Norfolk-based automotive company will fully introduce the new sportscar model on July 6, 2021, and will go on sale included to the US (with full federal homologation) in the middle to the end of the year with prices ranging of the US $60,000. Besides confirming the name for the sports car, the British sportscar maker subsequently released a teaser image as well.
The teaser image of Lotus Emira, the  last petrol-engined sports car of Lotus. (Picture from: Carscoops)
Furthermore, the newest Lotus sportscar will only be available in coupe form, as confirmed by Matt Windle, the Lotus's new managing director that there are no plans for a roadster version. Furthermore, he said that the Emira sportscar will come with a choice of either an exclusively offered a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a dual clutch transmission system or a V-6 engine coupled with a choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or an automatic torque converter.
The teaser image of Lotus Emira, the  last petrol-engined sports car of Lotus. (Picture from: Carscoops)
The four-cylinder version will produce over 300 horsepower, and produce at least as much as 416-hp of output than the Evora GT, meaning performance overlaps with the two. Furthermore, Matt Windle confirmed, that there will be no hybrid or plug-in variant so Lotus plans to make it as a direct transition to a fully electrified production model. The British manufacturer has not informed yet where the Emira's engine came from, but as insider sources specifically said that is not a Volvo or Geely powertrain unit.
The Emira sports car will retain its aluminum-bonded architecture, although the teaser image clearly shows that the exterior design is inspired by the carbon fiber-made Lotus Evija hypercar. While the cabin will be wider than previous Lotus models, featuring digital instruments and a capacitive touch screen for many control functions. It will also be the first Lotus to have an active safety system, although none require steering intervention.

So for now on, let's wait until the day of the Lotus Emira would be came in July 6, 2021 and see what the Lotus' last petrol-engined sportscar could be like. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | LOTUS | CARSCOOPS | WIKIPEDIA ]
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