The new Lotus Europa S, a Grand Tourer (GT) inspired two-seater,
will provide Lotus customers a spectacular sportscar with significantly
enhanced levels of touring and cruising capability, as well as higher levels
of comfort and refinement to complement the simplicity of the Lotus Elise
and Exige models.
The Europa S follows the core Lotus philosophy of performance
through light weight, enabling this refined and high-performing GT car to
weigh a mere 995 kg, making it class – leading in this respect. 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. Combined with a full leather
interior, Satellite Navigation and driver and passenger airbags all as
standard, Lotus has created it’s interpretation of a “Business Class”
driving experience, which remains true to the Company’s design philosophy.
The new mid-engine coupe will deliver high levels of performance
from a high torque (272 Nm or 200 lbft at 5000 rpm) 2.0-litre turbo engine
producing 147 kW (197 hp or 200 PS) at 5400rpm.
The Lotus Europa S achieves around 90% of its maximum torque at only
2000 rpm to give class-leading levels of acceleration from low engine
speeds, propelling the car from 0 – 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds (0 – 60 mph in
5.6 seconds), and 160 km/h (100 mph) in 13.6 seconds.
Maximum speed is 240 km/h (150 mph). Being a Lotus, the Europa S has
a competitive power to weight ratio of 198 hp / tonne (205 PS / tonne or 148
kW / tonne).