The successor to the Lotus Evora will be revealed on July 6.
A new chapter for Lotus is about to begin. Production of the Evora, Exige, and Elise is ending this year, paving the way for a new generation of lightweight Lotus sports cars positioned below the Evija electric hypercar. The first of these new Lotus sports cars was previously known as the Type 131, but we now know the final production car's name.
During the 'Driving Tomorrow' digital event previewing the company's future, Lotus confirmed the all-new sports car will be called Emira. In ancient languages, Emira translates as "commander" or "leader." This is fitting as the Emira will lead Lotus on "a journey to a thrilling new future."
For now, the Lotus Emira is being kept under wraps, but the production car will be fully unveiled on July 6 at the company's home in Hethel, Norfolk. After this, the new sports car will make its dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 8-11.
While the Emira was expected to use a hybrid powertrain, Lotus has confirmed it will be powered by a choice of internal combustion engines. As part of a new mystery partnership, one of the engine options will be "new to Lotus" and "use cutting edge technology." It will also be "highly efficient" and be "tuned to help deliver that distinctive Lotus experience." But while the Emira marks the start of a new chapter, it's also the end of an era: this will be the last ever combustion-powered Lotus sports car. By the end of the decade, all Lotus cars will be electric.
A teaser image previews the Emira's front fascia, which borrows styling cues from the Evija including the hypercar's distinctive stacked headlights. Underpinning the Emira will be a new lightweight aluminum architecture known as Elemental, so be rest assured it will retain Lotus' trademark agile handling. This will be one of four new platforms Lotus is developing for its future model lineup.
"It's the most accomplished Lotus for generations - the perfectly packaged, powered and formed sports car," said Matt Windle, Managing Director of Lotus. "Beautifully proportioned, shrink-wrapped, but with comfort, technology and ergonomics built in. With a design inspired by the Evija all-electric hypercar, it's a game-changing Lotus sports car." We'll find out more details about the Lotus Emira when it debuts on July 6.