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25-06-2024 | Sports Car | Editor´s Pick | News

The Last Lotus with a Combustion Engine

Author: Patrick Schäfer

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The Lotus Emira First Edition is now available in Europe. The mid-engine sports car is powered by a four-cylinder turbo from Mercedes-AMG.

With some delay, the second version of the Lotus Emira is now coming onto the market. The sports car already presented in 2021 is 4,412 mm long, 1,895 mm wide and 1,225 mm high, with a wheelbase of 2,575 mm. The lightweight chassis is made of bonded aluminum. The new version of the mid-engine sports car weighs 1,405 kg. In addition to the lighter engine, this is also due to the rear subframe made of cast aluminum, which saves a total of 12 kg in weight compared to the V6.

The Lotus Emira First Edition is powered by an in-line four-cylinder petrol engine from Mercedes-AMG. The transversely mounted 2.0-liter turbo engine delivers 268 kW (360 hp). The maximum torque of 430 Nm is achieved between 3,000 and 5,500 rpm. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT). In conjunction with Launch Control, the Emira accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 4.4 s and has a maximum speed of 275 km/h. Further modifications include a new air intake system and a new exhaust. 

Last Combustion Model Emira 

The interior features electrically adjustable seats, a sports steering wheel flattened at the top and bottom and a red cover over the start button. The driver looks at a 12.3" digital instrument cluster. A 10.25" touchscreen is available for operating the infotainment system. The aluminum chassis with double wishbone suspension offers Tour and Sport settings. 

In addition to increased comfort in the form of Keyless Go, electrically folding mirrors and rain sensors for the windscreen wipers, a wide range of driver assistance systems are also available for the Emira. The new Lotus Emira is built in Hethel, Norfolk (UK) and, according to the manufacturer, is the last Lotus two-seater with a combustion engine. The four-cylinder version starts from 94,495 euros.

This is a partly automated translation of this German article.

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