The Lotus Europa S is two-seater GT based on the same philosophy of the Elise/Exige models: lightweight aluminum bonded structure, composite body panels, high power to
weight ratio (201 hp/tonne or 6.68 kg/kW). Comparing to the Type 111 models (Elise/Exige) it provides higher levels of refinement and touring capability.
Powered with an Opel derived 200 HP 2.0-litre turbo engine and with a total weight of just 995 kg, the Lotus Europa S promises top performances (0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds) and racing-car dynamic capabilities.
The name comes from the Europa model produced from 1965 until 1975 (see picture on the right).
From the press release:
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.
It is equipped with full leather interior, driver and passenger airbags and carpets.
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” levels of 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 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.
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.
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
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
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.