Mark your calendars for July 6.
The Lotus Evora is being retired in the US and elsewhere. The Elise and Exige haven't been sold here for years either. But the British carmaker is about to embark on an exciting new journey. The Lotus Emira, dubbed "the others sports car" by the legendary UK automaker, will make its official online debut on July 6 followed by its public reveal at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed that kicks off on July 8.
Lotus released several teaser images of its new high-performance and lightweight sports car earlier this month to celebrate the Emira's pre-production status at the Hethel, Norfolk factory.
Today, Lotus has released a fresh teaser in the form of a video showing the upper portion of the car's steering wheel and some digital driver's cluster displays.
Wrapped in Alcantara, there's a yellow strip at the 12 o'clock position. The Lotus logo is proudly situated directly in the wheel's center. The Emira is no ordinary Lotus. It will be the company's final combustion-engined powered model. The all-electric Evija hypercar is the start of the company's pure battery-electric future. Because the Emira has been in development for some time, it was impossible to alter course and make it an EV. We doubt that's what customers would have wanted anyway.
What's powering the Emira still remains a closely guarded secret, but sources have indicated a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is a distinct possibility. The return of the Toyota-sourced and supercharged 3.5-liter V6 also shouldn't be ruled out. Perhaps both will be on offer, though one thing is certain: neither will have electrification. An automatic gearbox will route power to the rear wheels only and given that this is Lotus, a manual option isn't too far-fetched.
It's not too often that Lotus unveils a new series production model (the Evora debuted way back in 2009) so this will be quite the occasion.