The 2022 Lotus Emira is the latest model from the legendary British automaker 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 traditions, the company will treat purists to one final gas-burning sports car. As the successor to the Evora GT, which is currently the only Lotus sold in the U.S., the Emira is said to be more practical and have active safety equipment for the first time. While the entry-level example will have a turbo four with 360 horsepower, Lotus will also offer a supercharged V-6 with 400 ponies and an available manual gearbox. That means the Emira will compete with Porsche’s 718 Cayman and certain 911 variants.
What’s New for 2022?
Featuring an exotic exterior inspired by the carbon-fiber-intensive Evija and using a bonded-aluminum architecture inherited from the Evora GT, the Emira will bridge Lotus’s past with its future when the car goes on sale in early 2022.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Lotus hasn’t said how much the Emira will cost, but we anticipate the base spec will start in the mid-$70,000s and creep into low-six-figure territory for the ultimate model.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
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 exclusively through a dual-clutch automatic transmission. 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 the Brits believe will provide better feel and feedback.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
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 and we’re glad that Lotus included physical switchgear for the climate controls. Likewise, the automaker also attempts to make its latest sports car easier to get in and out of by making the door sills narrower and enlarging the door openings. 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’s also 7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the seats and another 5 cubes in a storage unit behind the engine.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The Emira’s infotainment system will run through a 10.2-inch touchscreen mounted in the middle of the dashboard. Apart from controls on the steering wheel and the likelihood of voice commands, there are no physical controls to adjust the stereo’s volume or tuning. Along with 12-volt and USB charging ports, the sports car will feature standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone functionality.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Breaking with Lotus tradition, the Emira will be offered with a host of optional driver-assistance technology. For more information about the Emira’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Available automated emergency braking
- Available lane-departure warning
- Available adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Lotus doesn’t provide spectacular coverage compared with other expensive sports cars. While its limited warranty aligns with many competitors, both its short powertrain plan and lack of complimentary maintenance are disappointing.
- Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance