Just take a look at the pictures of this brand new Lotus Emira. Now imagine it parked next to a McLaren Artura, a Ferrari 296GTB and a Lamborghini Huracan Evo – it wouldn’t look out of place, would it? Yet it costs less than half of all of them – amazing!
The sculpted front end, slash intakes in the bonnet, huge side intakes and pert rear are all reminiscent of the £2m Evija EV hypercar, but made more supercar-like and road friendly. But it really is stunning from every angle, an amazing achievement.
The Emira is a seriously important car for Lotus, not least because it’s the last internal combustion engine model they’ll release. It’s also got the unenviable task of following the Elise, Exige and Evora which is effectively replaces. Lotus will now be a two-car company with the Emira and Evija.
There will be a choice of powertrains eventually, but this First Edition car features the 3.5 litre supercharged V6 seen in the Evora, here making 395bhp, sending that power to the rear wheels via a fantastic six speed manual gearbox – though an automatic is optional.
The Emira really is one of the most exciting cars to come out in the last five to ten years, we just can’t wait to get behind the wheel and drive one!
But better still, you could win one with BOTB in this week’s Dream Car Competition!