The 2023 Lotus Emira is the latest model from the legendary British sports car maker and the last to use an internal combustion engine. That’s right. Lotus is preparing for an all-electric future, as previewed by the Evija hypercar. But before bidding adieu to its gasoline-fueled traditions, the company will treat purists to one final gas-burning model. As the successor to the Evora GT, which is currently the only Lotus sold in the U.S., the Emira is more practical, has a far nicer interior, and offers active safety equipment for the first time. While the entry-level Emira will have a turbo-four with 360 horsepower, Lotus offers a supercharged V-6 with 400 ponies and an available manual gearbox. That means the Emira competes with Porsche’s 718 Cayman and certain 911 variants.
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Mounted in the middle of the Emira will be one of two engines: a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder or a supercharged 3.5-liter V-6. The four-banger is sourced from Mercedes-AMG and makes 360 horsepower. It feeds the rear wheels through a dual-clutch automatic transmission, the only gearbox choice. The V-6 is a Toyota-sourced unit that’s carried over from the outgoing Evora GT. It pairs with either a torque converter automatic or a manual transmission. With the stick-shift, Lotus says the 3.5-liter produces 400 horses and 317 pound-feet of torque. Unlike most other modern sports cars, the Emira will forgo electric power steering for a hydraulically assisted setup that provides unsurpassed believe feel and feedback. During our initial test drive, we praised the Emira’s balanced handling and brilliant steering, and we marveled at its commitment to driver involvement. When we get a chance to test the Emira at our own test track, we’ll update this story with test results and more driving impressions.
With a simple design and seating for two, the Emira’s interior is both minimalistic and intimate. The driver faces a squared-off steering wheel and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. The material quality looks upscale, far better than in previous Lotus models, and we’re glad to see physical switchgear for the climate controls. Likewise, the automaker also attempts to make its latest sports car easier to get in and out by making the door sills narrower and the door openings larger than they were in the Evora GT. Other practical improvements include a pair of cupholders in the center console and storage bins in the doors that can each allegedly accommodate a half-liter bottle. There are also 7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the seats and another 5 cubes in a storage bay behind the engine.