Lotus Emera is full of big shoes. It is not only the British automaker’s only sports car that fills the void left by Alice, Axis and Ivora, it will also be the British carmaker’s final ICE-powered model.
Presented by Lotus about 11 months ago, Emira was recently handed over to journalists in the UK. Below are some of the best reviews of new sports cars that you can find on YouTube. This includes both sports car track and road tests, as well as a few comparative tests where it is tested alongside the Alpine A110 S and Porsche 718 Cayman GTS.
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In an attractive move for this type of car, the Emira is available with two different engine options. The entry-level unit is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder borrowed from Mercedes-AMG and produces 365 hp and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) of torque. These figures use the same engine in the A45, CLA 45, GLA 45, and GLB 45 but are still respectable. The press cars featured in these reviews had a flagship engine, a 3.5-liter supercharged V6 with 395 hp and 317 lb-ft (430 Nm) of torque.
In his review of the car, Ivor’s Jethro Bowingdon doesn’t like the powertrain. He noted that the engine is not particularly surprising and that there are some problems with the 6th speed manual transmission between 2nd to 3rd and 4th to 5th. He adds that it feels a bit softer for a Lotus, and despite the automaker’s track-centric tradition, it’s not a track car.
The AutoTrader, on the other hand, that the Emera drives was equipped with an available sport chassis that strengthens the ride and adds more suitable sticker tires to the track. Rory Reed has won by car and does not make any of the same complaints about the manual transmission.