Lotus Emira V6 First Edition
The Lotus Emira FE
It’s gorgeous. There’s drama at every angle, from the boomerang vents on the hood to the massive side intakes. It has that normal Lotus stance, with a substantial gap between the top of the tire and the body, an indication that it has actual suspension travel. That’s contrasted by 20-inch forged wheels, the brand’s biggest to date.
The interior is a quantum leap forward, the headunit is no longer an aftermarket Pioneer display, there’s a new in-house touchscreen floating on the dash. The instrument display is fully digital and easy to read. The gear linkage is exposed behind a neat little cage.
The Emira uses a 3.5 liter supercharged V-6 sourced from Toyota, linked to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic taking the FE Emira to 400bhp and 310lb-ft.
Lotus tend to make their name in three categories: steering, handling, and ride quality. The hydraulic steering is simply phenomenal, delicate and properly weighted. It gives a clear indication of what the front tires are doing and the quality of the road surface. When a bore goes into a detailed dissection of good steering, they’re describing the Emira. That’s connected to a responsive and pointy front end. Turn in is immediate and everything about the way it handles is just sublime. It immediately takes a set, encouraging you to get back to power earlier and earlier. The combination of perfectly judged controls and a beautifully balanced chassis makes the Emira feel more natural and communicative than supposed “driver’s cars” that cost twice as much. The Emira is better through a corner than anything in its class, and nearly anything on the road.
Two out of three. There are two suspension setups, both on fixed dampers, so changing the drive mode won’t change ride quality. Sport is the harder of the two, intended for the owner who will track the car, while touring has lower spring and damper rates and is designed for cars that will be road driven almost exclusively.
The suspension choice also impacts tires. Sport gets an option of Goodyear Eagle F1 Supersports or Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s, while touring can only opt for the Goodyears. Both tires were created specifically for the Emira.
On track, the Emira could lap all day without issue, requiring only periodic stops for fuel.
The pedals are perfectly placed for heel-toe downshifts.
Only the most ham-footed of drivers would long for an auto rev-match system. The Emira is adjustable and responsive, an initial push returned to neutral by a breath off the throttle. The three drive modes, Tour, Sport, and Track, can’t change the suspension, so they change the exhaust note and throttle response, along with ESC interaction. The Emira uses Bosch’s latest system for traction control that intervenes both with brake and spark. It’s magic and nearly imperceptible.
Ride quality comes in at number three, stunning just absolutely stunning, hard to explain this so he is our suggestion - book your test drive today, Lotus – Designed for the drivers
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