After starting their journey in India with the Eletre SUV just a few days ago, Lotus has already announced the launch of their Emira Sportscar in our market. The brand will bring the Emira to a new Lotus-specific Exclusive Motors Showroom in April 2024 in New Delhi. The Emira is the last internal combustion engine sportscar to be produced by the brand.
Lotus Emira – Sporty with a touch of Practicality
The Emira’s exterior design is heavily influenced by the Evija hypercar, especially at the front with those vertical LED headlights and hood scoops, which makes it obvious that Evija indeed acted as a model for the Emira. There are also a bunch of other characteristics such as bulky haunches, air intakes and short overhangs.
Coming to the back, the C-shaped LED light clusters are connected by an LED brake light and just below that we have the dual exhaust and rear vents. The car sports 20-inch alloy wheels fitted in Goodyear Eagle F1 Supersport rubber and they suit the car well.
Lotus made sure to improve the quality of materials and fit and finish of the interior in the Emira, which is a significant upgrade over the old Lotus cars. The cabin has a dark grey and black theme, which gives out a very classy and premium vibe. The interior of the car feels quite modern too thanks to the 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen which supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and the 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster.
The steering wheel with controls, the centre console and the side AC vents also get a sporty metallic detailing that matches the overall theme of the car.
Along with a sporty and improved interior, Lotus also made sure to add a pinch of practicality to it. There are cup holders, a slot where you can keep your phone, and even bottle holders in the doors with the capacity to accommodate 500 ml bottles. The armrest between the seats also has USB ports that can charge small appliances.
However, the car does struggle with its boot space, which is just 151 litres. Now these practical bits can be found in your budget car also, but keeping in mind that this is a sportscar made while keeping performance and style in mind, some props should be given to Lotus for adding these tiny bits.
Lotus Emira Features
The Emira is also decently packed with features such as automatic wipers, keyless go, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, powered wing mirrors, a 10-channel KE sound system and more. Safety features include 4 airbags, ADAS features such as an anti-collision system, road sign info, vehicle speed limiter, adaptive cruise control, fatigue alert, lane departure warning, lane change assist, and rear cross-traffic alert. You can also opt for launch control via the Lotus Drivers Pack.
Lotus Emira Powertrain
For India, The Emira will get two powertrain options – a Toyota-sourced 400 hp, 3.5-litre supercharged V6 that comes with a 6-speed manual and automatic, and an AMG-sourced 360 hp, 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder turbo-petrol engine mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic. Both of these options are RWD.
The Emira weighs 1,405 kg and at its best, the sportscar is capable of going from 0 to 100 kph in just 4.5 seconds and less with a top of 290 kph.
Lotus Emira Price and rivals
The perfect combination of Performance and looks, Emira will likely hover around the Rs 3 crore mark but hopefully it won’t cross it, not at least in ex-showroom prices. But things might get tough for the brand because the higher-spec versions competitors such as Porsche 718 Cayman and Jaguar F-Type Coupe are both likely to undercut the Emria with their 5.0-litre V8.