Why The New Lotus Emira Will Be The Best Modern Sports Car : Tom's Opinion
I'm certain Colin would be proud.
Ladies and gentlemen, here is something that I really wasn’t expecting to be writing about. I do follow Lotus on Instagram, so I was fully aware of the upcoming release of their new car. But I was under the impression that it was going to be an electric sports car, which I can appreciate, but it simply would not have been in my interests to talk about or spend the time smacking letters on my laptop. It takes a while. I can’t touch-type. But a new carwow video pops into existence on my YouTube recommended. I am teased by the thumbnail that shows that the car boasts “AMG Power”, which intrigues me. Onto the video I go, and I am in awe.
I have always been a fan of Lotus. It wasn’t anything I ever screamed or shouted about, but the love was there. Their use of Toyota engines has always tickled my fancy, since I genuinely think they make some great engines. Unfortunately, I am not overly knowledgeable on the subject of engine codes, I only know a few. Plus, I am not about to go squealing on about a certain straight-6 from the nineties, that almost every car-fan knows. The double rapper one. Lotus were always like the underdogs to me. A small, English manufacturer of automobiles, who everyone would cheer for. They didn’t have Lamborghini power, the funding of Porsche or the image of Mercedes-Benz. But this was the past. The recent Evija clearly has the power aspect sorted, no discussion needed there. Lotus are under new management and judging by their new lineup announcement, money doesn’t seem to be too tight. And finally, they are hoping to create an image, or rather improve upon their image, since we all know the adage “Lots Of Trouble, Usually Serious.” In my mind a good way to think of it is like the reverse of Williams in F1. They were the top-dogs, but now I’m literally biting my nails, with my eyes gorilla-glued to the scoreboard longing for George Russell to score a damn point!
Onto this new Emira. Let me quickly overwhelm you with the objective part of this subject, then I’ll let my emotions overflow out of my pores. We have roughly 1400kg, an aluminium chassis, double-wishbone suspension all around, hydraulic steering and the option for a manual gearbox. In terms of powertrain, no milk-float nonsense (that is a joke, I do like electric cars), we have the greenhouse-creating goodness that is internal combustion. Not just any internal combustion, oh no! We have the choice of the 2.0L inline four straight out of the Mercedes A45S AMG, which we all know is an incredible 4-cylinder engine. But, if you’re a sucker for cylinders you can have the incredible 3.6L V6 from the Evora. Yes, this is a Toyota engine, but don’t you dare judge until you’ve heard one of these things roar. You will not be disappointed. In case you want to look up any of video of this engine in action, it is the 2GR. I highly recommend. The power figures for these units have yet to be confirmed, but it is estimated to be between 340-400hp. It can’t hold a candle to the Evija, but it isn’t supposed to. It’s a sports car, not a hypercar.
I am genuinely in love with this vehicle. I have fantasized about us skipping through flowery meadows on a lovely summer day, with us both making grass-angels under the vigilant shade of an old and wise oak. But seriously, this is a recipe for something truly special, either of the engines with either of the gearbox options. Oh yeah, this supercar looking machine will only set you back £60,000. In my mind, that’s incredible. Even as a Porsche fan, I’d have one of these over a Cayman any day. So, Lotus if you’re reading this, I’d like the V6 with a manual gearbox and I’ll have it in yellow please.