New Lotus car name was hiding in plain sight but pretty much everyone missed it

The Lotus Emira will make its debut soon.

Photo courtesy of Lotus Cars
The next generation of Lotus is on its way. After the company ditched the Elise, Evora, and Exige in favor of the Evija and a new sports car. That new sports car now officially has a name: Emira.

Emira, pronounced 'E-meer-a" is a strong choice. It is derived from a number of ancient languages and means 'commander' or 'leader'.

Before the car was named Emira, it was called the Lotus Type 131, a codename styling that is common in the automotive world as companies work out trademarks in a timeline that still keeps the vehicle under wraps. However, in recent days, Lotus had been dropping hints regarding the car's name.

A film released ons social media featured a pattern of dots and dashes that made up the central line on the roadway. Those that know Morse Code could have spotted that it spelled Emira. Today, April 27, is the anniversary of the birthday of Samuel Morse, inventor of Morse Code.

The company has revealed that the car will fully debut on July 6 ahead of its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed a few days later. A fresh peek at a film the automaker added to Instagram today show off the face of the new car in a sort of sneak peak. Further, another promotional photo released by the company appears to show off the car's driver's side rear haunch.

Lotus Emira teaser rearThe shapely back end of the of the Lotus Emira.Photo courtesy of Lotus Cars

In a move sure to anger eco warriors but please driving enthusiasts, Lotus has confirmed that the new car will not be a hybrid. It will be the last time that Lotus launches a car with an internal combustion engine and is brought to the masses thanks to what the company calls "an exciting new partnership". Promises have been made to give the car "cutting edge" technology that will make it efficient.

"It's the most accomplished Lotus for generations – the perfectly packaged, powered and formed sports car. Beautifully proportioned, shrink-wrapped, but with comfort, technology and ergonomics built in. With a design inspired by the Evija all-electric hypercar, it's a game-changing Lotus sports car," said Matt Windle, managing director, Lotus Cars.

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The new Z starts at under $40,000.

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The new Nissan Z is finally here, and the 400-horsepower sports car is hitting the market with a reasonable price. The car starts at just $39,990 before a $1,025 destination charge. That's significantly cheaper than the least expensive Toyota Supra for a car with impressive specs and great style.

2023 Nissan ZThe Z gets a 400-horsepower V6 from Infiniti.Nissan

The 2023 Z comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that makes 400 horsepower. It's paired with either a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. That's the enthusiast's dream setup, and it's one of few cars available in the U.S. with a manual gearbox. The body is stiffer and features more reinforcements from prior cars, and the steering system now features electric assistance instead of hydraulics. 18-inch wheels are standard and 19-inchers are available.

When it announced the car, Nissan made a point to talk about its retro-inspired styling and classic proportions. The coupe features a sweeping roofline, a distinct front fascia, and is unmistakeably a Z car, through and through. Inside, the car features a three anlog gauges for a classic look, 12.3-inch configurable digital gauge cluster and a 9-inch touchscreen display. The cabin looks upscale and tech-forward, with deep bucket seats.

2023 Nissan ZThe 2023 Z lands this summer. Nissan

Nissan says the new Z will go on sale in summer 2022. Pricing starts at $39,990 for the base Sport trim, $49,990 for the mid-range Performance trim, and $52,990 for the limited-edition range-topping Proto Spec trim.

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The Sport Classic comes to the U.S. for the first time next year.

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Porsche's bringing the 911 Sport Classic back to market, and it's headed to the United States for the first time. The car features distinctive styling, a rowdy twin-turbo flat-six engine, and plenty of go-fast gear from the 911 Turbo S upon which it is based. The car is scheduled for limited release late in 2022 as a 2023 model year.

2021 Porsche 911 Sport ClassicThe Sport Classic comes exclusively with a manual transmission and RWD.Porsche

The Sport Classic gets the Turbo S powertrain, which means a 3.7-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engine producing 543 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. It's paired exclusively with a seven-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. Porsche says the combo makes the car the most powerful 911 with a manual gearbox currently on sale. The Sport Classic also gets a laundry list of parts from the Turbo S, including Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes, rear-axle steering, a sport exhaust, and an active sport suspension system.

2021 Porsche 911 Sport ClassicThe car comes with an interior not seen since the Porsche 918 Spyder.Porsche

The car' comes with Sport Grey Metallic paint with grey accent stripes, a carbon fiber reinforced plastic hood, and unique graphics on both sides. It rides on 20-inch wheels up front and 21-inch wheels in back, which are designed as reinterpretations of the old-school Fuchs design. In back, the Sport Classic gets unique bodywork that sets it apart from the 911 Turbo, such as deleted air intakes and a large ducktail spoiler. Inside, the 911 gets open-pore wood trim and semi-aniline leather upholstery in cognac and black. Porsche says the Sport Classic is the first car to get that type of leather since the iconic 918 Spyder.

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