The new Lotus Emira has arrived at Thruxton to join our driving experience line-up. The first new Lotus in a generation features a stonking V6 engine, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, sending all the power to the rear wheels.
LOTUS EMIRA DRIVING EXPERIENCES
The Lotus Emira is available to drive as part of three driving experiences here at Thruxton. All three are available to buy now.
LOTUS EMIRA DRIVING EXPERIENCE - £275
Drive both the Porsche Cayman and Lotus Emira at Thruxton
LOTUS EMIRA PLUS DRIVING EXPERIENCE - £375
Drive three cars as part of this experience. The Porsche Cayman, Lotus Emira and the single seat racing car
LOTUS EMIRA ONE-2-ONE DRIVING EXPERIENCE - £349
Looking for more time in the Lotus Emira. 2 x 6 sessions in the Lotus Emira at Thruxton
ABOUT THE LOTUS EMIRA
The Emira marks the beginning of a new era for Lotus, and the last to be offered with an internal combustion engine. The Emira's 3.5-litre supercharged V6 engine develops 400bhp and 420Nm of torque. That’s enough to fire it from 0-60mph in a rousing 4.2 seconds and a plenty quick enough top speed of 180mph.
Looking at the Emira parked in the pitlane, it's unmistakably a Lotus, it looks fantastic and is on another level to previous Lotus models but also shows hints of a Ferrari and a whiff of McLaren. In profile it’s low and hunkered down in the right places. It’s got a proper sense of the exotic about it.
Getting into the Emira is a refreshing change. The super high sills from previous Lotus models are gone. Once seated low in the cabin, all the controls fall to hand and the atmosphere is grown up. Hit the starter button and wait for the engine to catch and fire into life. heading out on track, there's a sense of occasion that only comes from driving a Lotus.
It builds speed quickly. You're travelling at three-figure speeds effortlessly, the powertrain blends into the background as the rest of the car demands your attention as you attack the fast sweeping corners at Thruxton. Direction changes are instantaneous; there’s roll, but always controlled, the movement helps you feel what’s going on. The Emira loses speed just as quickly as it gains it. The confidence-inspiring brakes combined with less mass than other cars in its class, result in a fantastic driving experience and an uncontrollable smile from the driver, eager to find the next corner to tackle.
It only takes a few metres to dial yourself into the Emira and after a few miles you won't want to get out, it feels every inch the next generation from Lotus.