I'm BUYING a Lotus Emira! Exclusive Drive with Jenson Button

I'm very excited to reveal that I've ordered a new Lotus Emira to join the Shmeemobiles! Not only that, but I'm with Jenson Button for a first experience onboard with a run up the Goodwood Festival of Speed hillclimb!

Launched at the 2021 event, the Lotus Emira brings an amazing package that has been drawing quite the crowd, so what an opportunity to jump onboard for a passenger run up the hill, even more so with friend of the brand, Jenson Button at the wheel. The car in question is the first off the production line; a manual V6 of the First Edition.

Powered by a 400hp 3.5l Supercharged V6, it sure does sound the part, and offers quite the ride. It can also be had with the 360hp 2.0l Turbo 4-cyl from the new partnership with AMG, offering a variety of different configurations for customers, however it's the manual V6 that will be coming to my garage.

It will come as no surprise that I've had the car on my radar for quite some time, and was very excited when I first saw it, and confirmed that it was the right decision. Now though, it's time to share this with you and get this adventure started! There's no question that Lotus have really knocked the ball out of the park with this one, a car boasting exceptional looks while bringing more comfort features than previously seen in Lotus models, at a fantastic price point - starting at £60,000.

Thanks for watching, Tim

00:00 Intro
00:42 Walkaround
02:13 Let's Go!
03:08 Joined by Jenson
04:58 Hillclimb
10:15 FOS Lineup
11:39 Return Run
14:26 Radford Motors
17:47 Interior
19:45 Wrap Up

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  1. Shmee150

    Shmee150Před 21 dnem

    Hot on the heels of letting you know a Ferrari SF90 Stradale will join the Shmeemobiles, I'm also adding the fantastic Lotus Emira to the garage! To kick off the journey in style, join me with Jenson Button for an exclusive run up the Goodwood hillclimb to see what the manual V6 First Edition is like! I can't wait for this and to share the journey, thanks for joining the adventure with me.

  2. J D

    J DPřed 3 dny

    We need a Emira Vs GT4 comparison

  3. Pistonburner

    PistonburnerPřed 6 dny

    @Andres Rodriguez Polanco Wrong. Totally false logic. (And as I stated in another comment below, your false logic is what I always get in response, every single time!!) You and I and everyone else just can't help but buy chinese-made phones with software from western companies and designed by western companies as well as everything owned by the western companies, then they just can't avoid it. But we can avoid buying phones from companies that are chinese-owned. I would never ever buy a phone from a chinese company. With cars you definitely can avoid buying chinese. So many cars to choose from that are not made by chinese companies, which are _always_ tightly tied in with the communist party and the army. So many companies you can choose which results in an _increase_ of wealth, market share etc. to western companies, tax income, jobs etc. Instead of when you buy from the chinese where the opposite happens and western companies _lose_ market share, wealth, tax income and jobs. Just because you think the car is amazing doesn't change the facts. It doesn't change that it directly hurts western automotive companies, western everything basically in the end. It doesn't change that it directly funds chinese evil. Feeding every first impulse you have, giving into every single desire, actively denying the facts and all the negative things that follow from doing that is bad. Following superficial desires (insignificant ones actually) so blindly is pretty ridiculous. I mean now people are literally ignoring the funding of an _enemy_ army, funding an evil regime actively engaged in genocide as we speak. You literally want your adversaries to take your money in order to dominate you. Sounds kinda weird as a life philosophy. Especially then trying to excuse it by saying that: "But I already to another thing that's wrong (give the chinese phone manufacturers my money), so why not do everything wrong!" And if you don't think that china is the enemy then you should look into their values, actions, what they stand for, how they view the world, their aims... All of them point 100% to something completely different to western values, democracy, respecting peoples' human rights etc.

  4. Andres Rodriguez Polanco

    Andres Rodriguez PolancoPřed 6 dny

    @Pistonburner I understand that but the car is an amazing car and reality is if you don’t wanna support a Chinese company then you should not buy iPhones you shouldn’t buy Samsung any kind of cell phone for that matter and you shouldn’t buy almost 90% of items because even though I am a very proud American I wish we did make more things we don’t unfortunately

  5. Pistonburner

    PistonburnerPřed 6 dny

    Did you put any thought into giving your money to the chinese regime, and what they do with it? Let alone what supporting a chinese company which competes directly and tries to take away market share from European and other western companies in the automotive market means and will result in eventually?

  6. mknight702

    mknight702Před 11 dny

    Both you and Jensen said that you liked the traditional green with brown leather, surely that should be red leather? I can't make my mind up which colour combinations I like best, the blue with black roof and interior or the green with the traditional Lotus racing red interior.

  7. Sanman Sabane

    Sanman SabanePřed 6 hodinami

    Mannnn I miss Jenson Button. What a car this is at that price point. I hope Lotus from now on makes a killing with their future plan and have enough money to come back to F1. Wishing great success to Jenson with Radford.

  8. Gracho DerUnwiderstehlichen

    Gracho DerUnwiderstehlichenPřed dnem

    ...and which Brand deliver the Powertrain ? GM-Vauxhall-Opel ?

  9. Racks Billiards

    Racks BilliardsPřed 2 dny

    It's shadow grey correct? Not nimbus grey

  10. Urbano Jr. Pinto Detchoso

    Urbano Jr. Pinto DetchosoPřed 2 dny

    You won't regret owning this latest masterpiece... It's a very good car...affordable & having an excellent transmissions with your choice...

  11. Dank Memer

    Dank MemerPřed 3 dny

    Of course you are Tim, of course.

  12. Will2live

    Will2livePřed 3 dny

    Would've ben awesome if Lotus had returned this as the Esprit

  13. stopato

    stopatoPřed 4 dny

    What was the deposit?

  14. stopato

    stopatoPřed 4 dny

    Would you pay 75K for one?

  15. petrokemikal

    petrokemikalPřed 4 dny

    Gotta say I love the Lotus brand and the cars.. Ever since I was a wee lad and used to see the the original gen 1 Exige cars evey now and then.. I thought wow thats a nice motor, and then I learned the price and thought Jesus I could buy one of those some day !!! Ever since then I keep an eye on what there up to, and I have to say that Ive loved all of them... Exception would be the soft Tops... I just don't like soft tops in any car... I might make an exception for the good old Elan sprint one though !!!

  16. Bam Bam 444

    Bam Bam 444Před 5 dny

    Yawn who didn't see this video coming

  17. meh2199

    meh2199Před 5 dny

    Love this. It’s right there with the C8 Corvette as far as price, but I think I would take the Lotus.

  18. Brian Himmelman

    Brian HimmelmanPřed 6 dny

    Evora GT 0-60 in 3.8 and new Emira 4.2 in V6 manual … ??

  19. adam harrison

    adam harrisonPřed 6 dny

    Attainable super car, I think Lotus have this just right.

  20. Maor Roffe

    Maor RoffePřed 6 dny

    Can you buy me one too?

  21. Chris Dorgan

    Chris DorganPřed 6 dny

    That noise just sold me, the Maserati MC20 might be slightly prettier but doesn’t sound as good. Interiors are equivalent, and this has the manual. No doubt the Maserati has more power etc but this is the drivers car. Jenson is a ledge

  22. Diogo Pereira

    Diogo PereiraPřed 7 dny

    Beautiful car.

  23. A. H.

    A. H.Před 7 dny

    Considering asking for my deposit back on the Emira since he is getting one now!. Just stick to other cars please…leave the Lotus to the true enthusiasts and not egocentric youtubers like yourself. 🙏

  24. Matthew McKnight

    Matthew McKnightPřed dnem

    @A. H. I get your point, 100 percent and i agree. Was just pointing out that with shmee i dont believe this to be the case. Thanks for your reply i wish you all the best with your Lotus when it arrives.

  25. A. H.

    A. H.Před dnem

    @Matthew McKnight You are right!. M’y apologies. Did not want to hurt your feelings. I just do not think his generation understands enjoyment. Rather live life through consumption. Big difference in enjoying things in life instead of consuming things in life. To each his own.

  26. Matthew McKnight

    Matthew McKnightPřed 2 dny

    Clearly you haven't watched or listened to Tim talk about or drive his cars. He genuinely has a reason for buying each car and enjoys each one. Jealousy is an awful thing.

  27. jyexe525

    jyexe525Před 7 dny

    Looks like an Artega gt

  28. icolater27

    icolater27Před 7 dny

    Best looking car I have ever seen.

  29. D Money

    D MoneyPřed 7 dny

    60k for the lotus is a bargain. Looks better than the 458 for less than half the price

  30. GENgamerX

    GENgamerXPřed 8 dny

    I love this car I'd buy one.

  31. Ricky Ramming

    Ricky RammingPřed 8 dny

    'theres nothing else like this' are you kidding? I'm going to assume the reason a 400 hp mid elise came out is because of the new Chevy C8 Corvette. And that car will box well with this little beauty for sure albeit at far less farthing and a bit more eye candy maybe.

  32. Carlo C

    Carlo CPřed 8 dny

    A LHD Lotus? I wonder if Boris would approve! By the way, gantastic car, very happy for Lotus. When you give funds to people who know what they are doing, results will come.

  33. D Momcilovic

    D MomcilovicPřed 8 dny

    This should be an electric car now

  34. Günther Schabus

    Günther SchabusPřed 9 dny

    Weil, I made the deposit for the Emira. Not only because its a beautiful, affordable car but now I think its mainly because I want the sparkling eyes and the fun from Jensen while driving it. What a competent, sympathic and unpretentious guy. 👍

  35. tHE-ARTilect

    tHE-ARTilectPřed 9 dny

    This will be my first lotus. Thank you for this one shmee

  36. abra kadabra

    abra kadabraPřed 10 dny

    Cool to see f1 champion of 2009 give you a drive!!!

  37. maneki9neko

    maneki9nekoPřed 10 dny

    A 3,000 pound Lotus?

  38. ItalianStallion

    ItalianStallionPřed 10 dny

    So lucky to get driven around by Jenson Button, F1 Champ, lovely chap.

  39. anjoLas

    anjoLasPřed 11 dny

    Jenson is SUCH a nice guy ! Doubt he would ever throw a fellow F1 race driver out like Hamilton did...

  40. Huzaifa Savage

    Huzaifa SavagePřed 11 dny

    It might not be as good as an evora

  41. Mike De Masi

    Mike De MasiPřed 11 dny

    Hows the cabin room if you're a big 6'2" American?

  42. Rejter Polska

    Rejter PolskaPřed 11 dny

    interior looks like ford focus xD

  43. Kalon G

    Kalon GPřed 11 dny

    Still learning about cars. What is better, the 2 liter turbo 4 cylinder or the v6 ?

  44. Julian Stiff

    Julian StiffPřed 12 dny

    Too many cars not enough time to use and get to know them.

  45. Kyo Megat

    Kyo MegatPřed 12 dny

    Wow that was so beautiful,manual??? Ow yes I'm in

  46. Joe Van Seeters

    Joe Van SeetersPřed 13 dny

    That car looks and sounds so freakin' good. I might actually be able to afford my first semi-supercar!

  47. niffum

    niffumPřed 13 dny

    it weighs a bit more than 3000 lbs, I dont know how I feel about that.

  48. Ragib

    RagibPřed 11 dny

    The weight to size ratio is perfectly fine for a modern Lotus.

  49. Rod Rom

    Rod RomPřed 13 dny

    Baby Ferrari basically

  50. soiung toiue

    soiung toiuePřed 13 dny

    does the emira have a hanging or standing gas pedal?

  51. JPBAMA

    JPBAMAPřed 13 dny

    wow . so its a left side drive? in UK ? Hopefully, you have picked a different colour ?

  52. Mr. Hot

    Mr. HotPřed 13 dny

    Will the emira be the competition of the mc20?

  53. C J

    C JPřed 13 dny

    In next weeks episode shmee does a short 10 second video listing out the remaining cars he hasn't yet bought.

  54. Sarwar Hussain Chowdhury✔

    Sarwar Hussain Chowdhury✔Před 13 dny

    As impressed with the Emira as Jensen. What a great guy!

  55. 张学达

    张学达Před 14 dny

    Good sound ❗~😁🙏🎵~👍❕❕

  56. dcoog anml

    dcoog anmlPřed 14 dny

    Me: What cars are you buying this year Tim? Tim: All of them.

  57. dcoog anml

    dcoog anmlPřed 14 dny

    the sound isnt doing it for me. I need a a45 exhausts note and id be happy to buy this maybe put it on aftermarket.

  58. Steve Nikitas

    Steve NikitasPřed 14 dny

    I saw a Lotus Elise and an old Europa yesterday at Lime Rock in the parking lot. What a treat.

  59. ohgodwhy

    ohgodwhyPřed 14 dny

    I would want the 3.5l auto engine? Does that make me a sinner? Not too keen on the 2.0l Turbo, just purely from the potential sound aspect.

  60. DOBBY

    DOBBYPřed 14 dny

    Lets watch a rich guy spend his money! Dont get it......

  61. Bapster Man

    Bapster ManPřed 14 dny

    My god that Toyota sounds really good..

  62. omilio

    omilioPřed 15 dny


  63. Dan Rickard

    Dan RickardPřed 15 dny

    Erm… what a noise! I need this car

  64. Conrad Testamark

    Conrad TestamarkPřed 15 dny

    When are they lotus going upgrade to a V8, v10. That car with a v6 should have 600hp and 600lbft.

  65. Jerry Cecco

    Jerry CeccoPřed 15 dny

    I hope greedy dealers dont screw this up with HUGH adms so it fails

  66. Nivacrin

    NivacrinPřed 15 dny

    Are you buyin' an Emira for having a chance to buy the Evija in the future ?

  67. Bernd Busch

    Bernd BuschPřed 15 dny

    does the emira have a hanging or standing gas pedal?

  68. morningstar2k1

    morningstar2k1Před 15 dny

    just like in the Evora. Hanging.

  69. Ian Vicker

    Ian VickerPřed 15 dny

    Man, you are so lucky, it's an amazing car but I would sit in a 3 wheel van to be driven around by JB!!


    BIG BLACK DICKPřed 15 dny

    in the USA people would just buy a faster more powerful and better handling corvette which is about 20 grand cheaper lol i guess u guys have no reasonably priced exotic sports cars over there,,,, and no 😕 corvettes and this lotus or any porsche or entry level Ferraris like a 458 or a 488 are not supercars dumb dumb,,, they are exotic sports cars

  71. Matthew Whitelow

    Matthew WhitelowPřed 16 dny

    As just over 6’ 4” would I fit in the Lotus? Genuine question thanks

  72. Carlo Mikhail Reid

    Carlo Mikhail ReidPřed 16 dny

    It looks 458ish

  73. Afiq Kay

    Afiq KayPřed 14 dny


  74. scott hughes

    scott hughesPřed 16 dny

    Knowing lotus, they will release an emira 440 a year after release, then an emira 460 a year after that

  75. david West

    david WestPřed 16 dny

    My car smiles smiles shapes colors my car - but minimal technical information. Lets wat for some serious reviewers like Supercar Barbie.

  76. K S

    K SPřed 16 dny

    the sound isnt doing it for me. I need a a45 exhausts note and id be happy to buy this maybe put it on aftermarket.

  77. K S

    K SPřed 15 dny

    @morningstar2k1 thought about that but just figured v6 would be more throaty

  78. morningstar2k1

    morningstar2k1Před 15 dny

    check out the 4 Banger sound with AMG engine to get a a45 exhaust note......

  79. DG Bourdon

    DG BourdonPřed 16 dny

    Jensen, the legend!

  80. unexplained wearenotalone

    unexplained wearenotalonePřed 16 dny

    V6 engine by toyota is 360 hp and AMG 2.0 is 416 hp with automatic 9 gear speed.

  81. Freeking 42

    Freeking 42Před 16 dny

    This car is truly a gift for pure driving experience of petrol era😍

  82. lj

    ljPřed 16 dny

    This show must pay you a boat load of money to buy all these cars. Good for you....

  83. B

    BPřed 16 dny

    Super ugly car don’t do it

  84. COMAH

    COMAHPřed 16 dny

    Targa version one day maybe ?

  85. Deep Truth Channel DTC

    Deep Truth Channel DTCPřed 16 dny

    I just want to how does he make so much money?

  86. manfred meehan

    manfred meehanPřed 16 dny

    Why can't mg make a sport car like this when a Chinese company can make a new lotus


    JABBA WAFFLEPřed 17 dny

    Jenson Button... what a legend & a gentleman. What a great day, am in no way deeply envious

  88. Milton Tan

    Milton TanPřed 17 dny

    Emira vs 400Z, which one?

  89. alfa Giulia

    alfa GiuliaPřed 17 dny

    Most beautiful and reliable and economical super car ever been made, everyday drive all the special features that you can need to enjoy and ensure driving..

  90. Annon Skeete

    Annon SkeetePřed 17 dny

    Looks and sounds glorious.

  91. Arkadiusz Karwata

    Arkadiusz KarwataPřed 17 dny

    Imagine get 2 like this and tune one to 700hp...🤔👌😅

  92. Hippida

    HippidaPřed 17 dny

    "This doesn't feel like a Lotus, it has a finished cabin" :D

  93. SixPotShot

    SixPotShotPřed 17 dny

    Yeah usually the rain comes down…

  94. BubuBarong

    BubuBarongPřed 17 dny

    How competent and original, Jenson: "If you buy a Cayman GTS it looks like you can't afford a 911". Shameful.

  95. Will Chen

    Will ChenPřed 17 dny

    Lotus website has the Nimbus Grey rendered at a completely different look. Hope show cars with all color variants will become available soon!

  96. Marko Polo

    Marko PoloPřed 17 dny

    This Lotus is a well designed car and well priced. I wonder what the AMG engine will be like in this car as it will be lighter than the V6, easily tuned to 450bhp and quick gearbox.

  97. Koenraad Michels

    Koenraad MichelsPřed 17 dny

    What a fantastic car! I hope they also make a convertible (roadster). Then I definitely buy one!!! It adds so much to the driving experience!

  98. MrSlash00r

    MrSlash00rPřed 17 dny

    60k gbp base .. but all of the cars will go out over 80-90k. And still probably worth it. PS. Jenson seems like such a lovely guy - best of luck to him.

  99. C.S. Charles

    C.S. CharlesPřed 17 dny

    It looks like a 488.

  100. Stekaren HD

    Stekaren HDPřed 17 dny

    Feels and kinda looks like Lotus version of the C8

  101. LoekieDeLeeuw

    LoekieDeLeeuwPřed 17 dny


  102. Just Driving 4K

    Just Driving 4KPřed 17 dny

    Thank you for sharing this video with us my friend...Cheer!! 🥰🥰🥰

  103. Mark A

    Mark APřed 17 dny

    Little wonder that everyone loves Jenson... a top, top, top guy showcasing the brilliance of our motor manufacturing ingenuity and superiority!

  104. Tesla Porn

    Tesla PornPřed 17 dny

    The new Audi RS

  105. James_08_07

    James_08_07Před 17 dny

    You've got all this money and you're wasting it on cars...

  106. timmo3351

    timmo3351Před 17 dny

    JBs just the best!

  107. timmo3351

    timmo3351Před 17 dny

    TVR all gone a bit quiet, pulled your order yet?

  108. Royal AD97

    Royal AD97Před 17 dny

    Any news about the SUV ??

  109. 308328928

    308328928Před 18 dny

    In the spirit of the Dino

  110. Deva Adithya Bobby

    Deva Adithya BobbyPřed 18 dny

    Jeson's such a great guy! Would really love to have him in the channel again some time pleaseeee

  111. Pistonburner

    PistonburnerPřed 6 dny

    Yeah, such a great guy that he is paid by the chinese to help invade the western car markets and get westerners' money to be able to build up their military to invade Taiwan, keep oppressing Tibet, and to commit genocide against the Uyghurs...

  112. footballcoreano

    footballcoreanoPřed 18 dny

    everybody copy ferrari design lol. please don't buy that, buy a alfa romeo instead shmee!

  113. MOVE ON TV

    MOVE ON TVPřed 18 dny

    Wow! Very nice car idol! Thanks for sharing! Done coloring your home. Shoutout! #MOVEONTV

  114. Lanange Jagad

    Lanange JagadPřed 18 dny

    lotus mendobrak pasar dg sportcar low bugjet ...yg tidak bisa dilakukan mclaren atau astonmartin terlebih RR

  115. Jaime Gómez

    Jaime GómezPřed 18 dny

    What a nice guy Jenson is 👍

  116. The Frimpanator

    The FrimpanatorPřed 18 dny

    Is this actually the nimbus grey? lol looks NOTHING like the configurator

  117. Night Train

    Night TrainPřed 18 dny

    Even the 400Z at 35k isn't getting this much attention, nevermind the 30k GR86..