Lotus Emira: The Last Hurrah
Cupholders! Bottle holders! Adaptive cruise control! Since when does Lotus, the sports car manufacturer par excellence, the brainchild of minimalist Colin Chapman, bother with such things? Decadent luxury and modern comfort will find their way to Hethel when the Emira, the last Lotus incarnation to be powered by an internal combustion engine, replaces the Elise and the Exige, which have been in production for the past twenty-five years.
Two engines will be available for the Emira: the veteran Toyota 3.5-liter V6 with 400 hp and, a short time later, a four-cylinder turbo from AMG with around 360 horses that should propel the car, weighing in at only 1,400 kilograms, to 100 km/h in less than 4.5 seconds and then on to a maximum of 290.