New Lotus Emira replaces Elise, Exige and Evora

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lotus emira launch main goodwood 28042021

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Previously known as Type 131, Lotus’s first all-new car for a dozen years will be the last new purely petrol-powered Lotus to be launched. After Emira, all future models – and yes they do include an SUV-type machine – will be electrified in some way or, like the Evija limited-edition hypercar, fully battery-electric.

It is thought there will be four and six-cylinder versions of the Emira, giving Lotus replacements for both the Elise and Exige which along with the Evora all go out of production in 2021. This year is a watershed moment in the life of Lotus product planning, a stepping stone in the firm’s Vision80 plan that aims to have a completely reinvented (and profitable!) company by the time of the marque’s  80th anniversary in 2028. 

There is no word yet about whose engines the Emira will use; currently all models use Toyota power. All Lotus is saying is that one of the choices (possibly the four-cylinder) is the result of “an exciting new powertrain partnership”.

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