I love Lotus and I think the Emira looks better than the C8, but based on the performance numbers it wouldn't even beat an Evora GT. So it would get smoked by a C8.Seems the price will be quite similar so I wonder about performance, car feel, etc.
What do you guys think?
How is "performance" defined? Sure, the C8 will monster the Emira in a straight line, bit the Emira will most likely leave the C8 in the dust once you get onto a nice, challenging twisty road that is fun to drive. The Emira's handling and feel will also be a step above the Corvette.Highly likely that the Emira will be more fun to drive, but you guys are being total fanboys thinking it will outperform a C8.
Fair points, but MOST people (talking about the general population rather than Lotus enthusiasts) will never even consider taking their car onto a track. Lotus wants (and needs) to make a car that appeals to a much larger market so that it can be a viable (and profitable) car manufacturer. Yes, adding performance through lightness is a Lotus hallmark, but Lotus hasn't exactly set any sales records with their current models, no matter how much we love them.Maybe the Emira will go faster on a tight autocross, but I don't see it going faster on a road course. Let's face it guys, the Emira is HEAVY by Lotus standards.
Very well put. 100% agree. 👍Reading up on the engine options, it's interesting because I feel like the Emira is successfully able to target 2 types of drivers with this car.
The ones who are after driver enjoyment and don't care as much about 0-60 times will opt for the Supercharged V6 with Manual. It's a Lotus, so driving feel will be great regardless of power, the supercharged V6 isn't slow by any means, though it's not lightning fast either. Even if you want more performance out of the car, it's not hard to throw a smaller pulley into the setup to bump the power. It's going to be the last manual and ICE offering from Lotus, so that's going to be a 'special car' in the future for sure, even if the performance isn't ground breaking.
People chasing track times or pure speed will opt for the AMG Turbo I4 with DCT. Based on my understanding of that engine in the AMG A45S, the engine is severely underrated, and with just a chip tune and no supporting mods, it puts out close to 400 AWHP, in a RWD mid-engine setup, I'm sure it would put down even more power since there's less drivetrain loss. There's tons of aftermarket support for that engine from the AMG clubs, so I'm sure there's ways to make even more power, relatively easily.