The 982-technology 718 is an old product now – six yrs and counting, with a new model thanks following yr. Beneath 6-cylinder stage, the Cayman is nonetheless supplied with some greatly criticised flat-4 engines, which it will be for Lotus’s Mercedes-AMG-engined four-cylinder Emira to square up with on yet another day.
Even at this phase in its design cycle, the Cayman GTS 4. nonetheless mixes desirability, usability, compactness, good quality, ease and comfort, cruising refinement and driver appeal in a way which is totally unmatched in the sporting activities car or truck sector.
Back in 2017, the Alpine A110 proved that it could be overwhelmed in some techniques (for lightness, area effectiveness, handling fluency and genuinely very simple on-road driver attraction), but it hasn’t outperformed it commercially.
The Emira’s angle of assault is distinctive. In distinction to the Alpine, it feels like a even bigger, wider, meatier and a little bit heavier car or truck than the Porsche. It is just one of a rawer really feel, tauter physique regulate, greater tactile involvement and additional vivid driver engagement than the Cayman – which could possibly come as welcome information to Lotus devotees in the gentle of the company’s recently civilised priorities.
There are some crystal clear supercar-like dynamic overtones about the Emira, which distinction fairly plainly with individuals of the slighter, lighter-experience, written content-to-play-the-minor-person Porsche. But beneath all the new leather and silicon, this Lotus is nonetheless a likeably uncompromising driver’s auto.