Latest Lotus is the End of an Era
The phasing out of Lotus’ sports car triumvirate has been in the works for some time now, and comes as no surprise to both avid brand loyalists and the broader automotive following alike. In the earlier stages of developing the next generation of Lotus sports cars, only basic details were revealed by the company; the first being, at least for now, that there would only be one new model to replace the outgoing Elise, Exige and Evora. This car was then given the codename “Type 131”.
That was all almost a year ago and very little, if anything, other than what we knew back then could be considered more than just hearsay. Even rumors regarding the Type 131’s drivetrain were hotly debated, with many interpreting the company’s sure-footed trajectory towards electrification as a sign that the new model could be nothing other than an EV. Conversations of a more nostalgic tone had the Type 131 poised to be some sort of reincarnation of the Lotus Elan – both in name and philosophy.
Much more recently, we’ve come to know that neither of the aforementioned talking points managed to come true, and here’s why:
- The latest sports car model is called the Lotus Emira, ushering in a brand new bloodline altogether
- The Emira will be powered exclusively by an internal combustion engine, available in either an inline-4 or V6 configuration
- The company also unequivocally states that there are no hybrid or fully-electric variants of the Emira in the pipeline