Lotus bids goodbye to internal combustion engines with a mid-engine sports car. The Lotus Emira is the last ICE-powered from the Geely-owned British marque, and you can watch an example, in V6 First Edition flavour, work hard on its paces on the Hethel test track.
Gavan Kershaw, Attributes & Product Integrity Director at Lotus, was behind the wheel of the Emira V6 First Edition in the video above. Amid the action, he did a great job at explaining what the Emira can do at the Lotus test track.
"This is what a real sports car feels like," Kershaw said.
Gallery: Lotus Emira V6 First Edition makes US debut
Kershaw also provided some insights about the Emira's intuitive driving performance, including its four drive modes: Tour, for maximum stability and control; Sport, for increased body slip and throttle response; Race, with even greater motorsport-derived dynamics and a revised instrument cluster; and Fully Off, where the stability control is completely disengaged.
The Lotus Emira is a mid-engine sports coupe. The V6 First Edition model is powered by a Toyota 2GR-FE 3.5-litre V6 engine paired with an Edelbrock 1740 supercharger. It makes up to 395 bhp (298 kilowatts), while torque figures and 0-to-60 times depend on the type of transmission.
The Emira V6 equipped with the six-speed manual makes 310 pound-feet (420 Newton-meters) of torque and can sprint to 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour) in 4.3 seconds. Models with a six-speed automatic transmission churn out up to 317 lb-ft (430 Nm) of pulling power and can reach the same speed in 4.2 seconds.
Lotus has already confirmed pricing of the Emira V6 First Edition. It will have a starting price of £75,995, with production set to begin in spring of 2022.