The Lotus Emira has been named ‘New Car of the Year’ at the annual AM Awards 2023. The award was voted for by both motor retail managers and the AM judging panel.

The Emira is the last petrol-powered sports car from Lotus and is the most accomplished road car the company has ever produced. It balances a high level of driver engagement with the practicality of an everyday sports car.

“The Emira is a fantastic start of a new chapter for Lotus and its dealers,” said Tim Rose, editor of AM Online. “It is the most accomplished Lotus road car yet and will certainly attract new customers to the brand.”

Geoff Dowding, Executive Director, Commercial Operations at Lotus Cars, said: “The Emira has won a number of accolades around the world, but this award from AM is particularly special as it was voted for by the well-informed AM judging panel and a discerning automotive industry, including retailers, dealers and senior management.

Charlene White, ITV News presenter (l) Geoff Dowding, Executive Director, Commercial Operations Lotus Cars (c) and David Paterson Managing Director of award sponsor Supagard (r)

“Not only is the Emira a brilliant sports car and the best in breed, but this award reinforces the confidence and excitement that the industry has for Lotus as it rapidly moves towards the EV future with the Lotus Evija and Lotus Eletre.”

The Emira is powered by either a 3.5-litre supercharged V6 engine or a 2.0-litre turbocharged ‘i4’ through a manual, automatic or Dual Clutch Transmission. It accelerates to 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds and has a top speed of 180mph.

The Emira is manufactured at Lotus’ global HQ for sports car and hypercar operations in Hethel, Norfolk. Subassembly manufacturing for the lightweight and high tech aluminium chassis is at Lotus Advanced Structures in Norwich.

The Lotus Emira is one of three high tech performance cars built by Lotus, along with the Eletre, the world’s first all-electric hyper-SUV and the Evija, the world’s first all-electric British hypercar.

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