Popular Post Cypriot Posted September 8, 2021 Popular Post Report Share Posted September 8, 2021 I had the opportunity of sitting in the Emira at Concours last week, and had a chat with some of the guys there. Obviously took everything they said with a pinch of salt, but it was still insightful. Regarding the engine and gearbox feeling old, the problem they told me is the combination of the 2 with the well known gearbox limitations. The Lotus guys there admitted to me that they are working on higher power versions of the v6 (after all it is making well over 500bhp in the Radford Project) but this would be without the manual gearbox. These models are expected to arrive in about 2 years apparently. I think a properly reworked v6 with a modern gearbox will really bring the drivetrain bang up to date for those that fear the current setup feels old school. My own opinion is that the v6 is current hamstrung by the torque limit. Whats the point of a large displacement engine with a supercharger stuck on it of it makes less torque than a similarly sized NA engine in the Cayman? Lotus needs to unlock this engine. As for the car itself, it looks spectacular in the flesh. Sitting inside, despite being the development car, the fit and finish was already better than the outgoing Evoras, so I am pretty confident in the finished product being well built. Regarding the behind the seat space, there is substantially less than the Evora, and it is obvious why when you get in. The cabin dimensions are basically the same as the Evora, but to aid ingress and egress, the driver and passenger have been pushed backwards in the cabin, further away from the windscreen as compared to the Evora. Hence the reduced rear space despite the cabin being the same size. I hope that helps give some people some more information on the Emira before we all get to properly test drive them. 4 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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