Well I think its all pointing in the right direction.
I find myself a bit less depressed about electrification when an organisation (perhaps without choice) like Lotus is really getting behind it.
The EMIRA looks like the right strategy to me. Perhaps it would have been better to offer DCT to both engines, but its probably right that the cheaper 4 pot has the option of DCT, as that will likely be the most popular. Lotus still has the brand power, I think to make a one model lineup work where the lowest model still commands sufficient cachet for people to make the commitment.
personally, I'm interested a the 4-pot DCT.