When Lotus announced that the production of the Elise, Evora, and Exige sports cars will end this year, it sent shockwaves in the automotive world. With all three models getting axed soon, it appears that Lotus will only have one model available, the all-electric Evija hypercar. Will this signify Lotus' transition into a fully electric car company? Not exactly.
The British automaker is not done making cars with internal combustion engines, not yet at least. Come July 6, 2021, they will be unveiling their final gasoline-powered sports car. Its name is the 'Emira', and it won't be getting help from any form of electrification.
That's right, Lotus' swan song for the internal combustion engine will have no electric motors or batteries. But what engine will power the Lotus Emira? The company has yet to reveal any specifics, but they did mention it will be available with various engine options. This means customers might be able to choose what motor will power their Emira.
But with Geely now the parent company of Lotus, does this mean the Emira will get a Geely (or Volvo) derived engine? For reference, Lotus currently uses engines from Toyota, particularly the 2ZR-FE inline-four in the Elise, and the 2GR-FE V6 found in the Evora and Exige. With no details yet as to what engine will be under the hood of the Emira, we'll just have to wait and see once it's officially revealed.
A lightweight aluminum architecture will serve as the basis of the Emira. Referred internally by Lotus as the 'Elemental Architecture', it features the latest in lightweight aluminum technology and is a big improvement over the existing platform.
As for what it will look like, the Lotus Emira will have an Evija-inspired design. The teaser photos show vertical headlights reminiscent of the electric hypercar. Also present are what appear to be muscular front and rear wheel arches which could give the Emira a distinct look.
“It’s the most accomplished Lotus for generations – the perfectly packaged, powered, and formed sports car. Beautifully proportioned, shrink-wrapped, but with comfort, technology, and ergonomics built-in. With a design inspired by the Evija all-electric hypercar, it’s a game-changing Lotus sports car,” said Matt Windle, Managing Director of Lotus Cars.
With the Elise, Evora, and Exige being killed off this year, Lotus will be giving their final internal combustion engine model a special send-off with the Emira. The only question now is, will it be a limited edition model, or will it be mass-produced? We will find out more this July when Lotus officially reveals the Evira.