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    The new Lotus Europa S.

    The new Lotus Europa S - 'Business class by Lotus'





    The new Lotus Europa S, a Grand Tourer (GT) inspired two-seater will
    provide Lotus customers with a spectacular sportscar with significantly
    enhanced levels of touring and cruising capability. It will provide drivers
    with higher levels of practicality and refinement to complement the
    simplicity of the Lotus Elise and Exige models.

    The Lotus Europa S follows the core Lotus philosophy of performance through light weight enabling this refined and very high performing GT car to weigh just 995 kg. This low weight has been obtained through the clever use of advanced and high tech materials including an extruded and bonded aluminium chassis, composite body panels and a very advanced composite
    energy absorbing front crash structure.

    When compared to the award winning Lotus Elise, the Europa S has a
    larger boot / luggage compartment and easier cabin access, resulting from
    lower chassis sides and a higher roof line. Coupled with luxuries such as
    full leather interior, driver and passenger airbags and carpets all as standard, Lotus has created a "Business Class" driving experience.

    However, the Europa S is not a derivative of the Elise or the Exige and has been allocated a separate Lotus type number of Type 121 - the Elise and Exige are both Type 111.

    The new mid-engined coupe will deliver high levels of performance
    from a high torque (263 Nm or 194 lbft at 4200 rpm) 2.0-litre turbo engine
    producing 149 kW (200 hp or 203 PS) at 5400rpm. The Lotus Europa S achieves around 90% of its maximum torque at only 2000 rpm to give "super car" levelsof acceleration from low engine speeds, propelling the car from 0 -96 km/h (60 mph) in around 5.5 seconds, and 160 km/h (100 mph) in around 14 seconds. Maximum speed is approximately 225 km/h (140 mph). Being a Lotus, the Europa S has a phenomenal power to weight ratio of 201 hp / tonne (204 PS / tonne or 6.68 kg / kW).

    Tony Shute, Head of Product for at Lotus Cars explains the concept
    behind the new product: "The Lotus Europa S has allowed Lotus to exploit its
    extensive capabilities in developing a sophisticated GT car which successfully complements the range of existing cars. The 'Grand Tourer'concept underpinning the Europa S provides the driver with a refined environment, incorporating innovative styling features which do not compromise the superior performance and handling that is synonymous with the Lotus marque."

    Describing the Lotus Europa S, Russell Carr, Chief of Design for Lotus says: "The form of a design should reflect the spirit of the car, and the Lotus Europa S is no different. Where the rebellious track-focused personality of the Exige is characterised by shrink-wrapped athletic forms communicating agility and power, the Europa S has a more fluid, understated language reflecting its more sophisticated persona."

    The introduction of a GT car, represents both an important and unique addition to the Lotus product range, as Clive Dopson, Managing Director of Lotus Cars, explains: "The launch of the Europa S re-affirms our position as an innovative player in the highly competitive sportscar marketplace. It allows Lotus to extend its product appeal beyond our traditional customer base, and provides yet another demonstration of the key Lotus brand attributes and high levels of quality for which we are particularly proud."

    Production of the Lotus Europa S is scheduled to commence in July 2006 at the award winning and world leading Lotus manufacturing facility at the Lotus Headquarters in Hethel, Norfolk, UK. The Europa S will be sold in all markets where the Lotus brand is present, except for the USA and Canada. Final pricing and full specifications will be announced closer to the on-sale date, but the price is expected to be the region of ?33000 (49000 Euros) depending on individual market taxation.

    Predicted Performance figures:

    Acceleration:
    0 to 96 km/h (60 mph): 5.5 seconds (approximately)
    0 to 160 km/h (100 mph): 14.0 seconds (approximately)

    Top speed: 225 km/h (140mph) (approximately)

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    Re: The new Lotus Europa S.

    Well that's just stunning. I'm still in love with the decades-old Esprit...but it's really nice to have a new model from Lotus to drool over. Look at those fenders and that wild rear end. That's one of the best rear 3/4 views of any car I've ever seen. The high, upturned rear end is great. I'm in love!
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    Re: The new Lotus Europa S.

    Wow that thing needs to be lowered!

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    Re: The new Lotus Europa S.

    I don't know about some of the angles. I'd have to see more pictures. And what's with the top of the side window? It's flat but the door arch is curved?

    And yes, it seems way high in the air.
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    Re: The new Lotus Europa S.

    not sure if i like it or not yet nice to see more new ideas from Lotus though

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    Re: The new Lotus Europa S.

    That thing is superb! I absolutly love it!! Now I have a reason to save up some money! And if its to high for some of you well deal with it, they must have designed that way for a reason, and I personally rather have function come before design. Although an inch or two lower would make it just that much more appealing!

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    Re: The new Lotus Europa S.

    OMG That Is F*cking Sweet Lotus is definetly getting better than they already were

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    Re: The new Lotus Europa S.

    Gorgeous gorgeus car. A little expensive but I'm sure it will be worth it.

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    Re: The new Lotus Europa S.

    im a huge lotus fan, but that seems a bit...hyundai for me.

    i was hoping for something really, really special like the Elise or Esprit, but i think that it will suffer with those looks and that pricetag.

    its a shame they canned the M250 project to build this, now THAT was a looker:


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    Re: The new Lotus Europa S.

    The more I look at this thing, the less I like it. It looks like it was literally made from spare parts... nothing really fits. Especially the front end... it seems lacking.

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    Re: The new Lotus Europa S.

    Another nice car powered by GM. But I agree with Redcoat; my applause would be a little louder if it were the M250 in those release photos.

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    Re: The new Lotus Europa S.

    Quote Originally Posted by FightingChance
    I don't know about some of the angles. I'd have to see more pictures. And what's with the top of the side window? It's flat but the door arch is curved?

    And yes, it seems way high in the air.
    the 'straight' window line is really the shadow from the roof. it overhangs the side windoe by an inch or two. notice how the window is on the other side, it's not straight, but curved.and i actually don't think it should be lowered, this height makes it more 'lotus-ey' in a way.
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    Re: The new Lotus Europa S.

    that is one cool Lotus. btw here is another pic of it
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    Re: The new Lotus Europa S.

    I don't really like the proportions. I did just see my first Elise on the road the other day, now that is a work of art.
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    Re: The new Lotus Europa S.

    We have tons of Elises on the road here, and for some reason I just don't find them attractive. They are, however, unique, which is nice.

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