After a summer of fun with the Lotus, I decided to organise an autumn event for local Lotus owners. An early Sunday morning with some breakfast at the fabulous 57 Bridgestreet in USK.
Lotus Emira confirmed
So we finally know the name of the all new Lotus for 2022, previously known by its code name Type 131, the Lotus Emira. To be launch in July 2022 the Lotus Emira will be the Lotus’ first all new car in over a decade. Part of the Vision 80 strategy which will see the transformation of the business and model range. Exciting times ahead for Lotus.
The Lotus Emira replaces the Elise, Exige and Evora models, that have been with us for 25, 21 and 11 years respectively. Those models span a wide range, from light weight 4 cylinder sports car to luxurious supercharged V6 supercar, and everything in between. The Elise if launch today would be hailed as a brilliant two seat sports car, which is testament to how far ahead of its time it was.
The Lotus ethos of ‘add lightness’ is well known to motoring enthusiasts and has been the cornerstone of all models since the companies’ inception. The new Type 131 will have a difficult balancing act to satisfy the demands of the global sports car market and placate the sport car purist.
So what do we know about the Lotus Emira?
This will be the last Lotus with an internal combustion engine (ICE), so it is important for Lotus to get this right. The car will use an aluminium structure, so lightweight, but be more usable than previous models suggesting the large sills may be reduced and I wonder where the extra structural rigidity we be regained.
Two engines will be offered, starting with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four cylinder mated to a dual-clutch gearbox. A larger supercharged V6 will also be offered, using the familiar Toyota power plant with either a six speed manual or torque converter auto. This will enable the Lotus Emira to complete with Cayman and Alpine at one end and the base 911 at the top end.