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Lotus Europa S Delivering Performance And Creature Comfort

February 27th, 2007

Lotus Cars Australia has announced the launch of the Lotus Europa S, a new more user friendly model which compliments the simplicity and hard core performance of its siblings, the Lotus Elise and Lotus Exige.

The Europa S offers enhanced levels of touring and cruising capabilities, as well as higher levels of practicality and refinement when compared with the Lotus Elise and Exige.

The Europa S has stayed true to the core Lotus philosophy of performance through light weight, with the car coming in at a mere 995 kg which helps to generate scintillating performance.

The low overall weight has been obtained through clever use of advanced, high-technology materials based around Lotus' famous extruded and bonded aluminium chassis, using composite body panels and an advanced composite energy absorbing front crash structure.

Compared to the award-winning Lotus Elise, the Europa S has a larger boot and easier cabin access as a result of lower chassis sides and a higher roof line.

Combined with a full soft leather interior, ABS, driver and passenger airbags, full carpeting and sound insulation amongst other features, Lotus has created a more comfortable, quiet and relaxed interior while retaining the company's design philosophy.

The new coupe is the second Lotus to wear the Europa name plate giving new life to a model that pioneered mid-engine design for Lotus when it was first introduced in 1966. Almost 10,000 of the original Lotus Europa were produced before it was discontinued in 1975.

The first Europa used a Renault engine in early versions while a Lotus Twin Cam engine was fitted to later models.

The new Europa S is a far more refined and exciting proposition than its predecessor boasting the latest technology two-litre twin cam 16 valve turbo engine producing 147 kW of power and 272 Nm of torque delivering supreme driveability. The engine is mated to an aluminium six-speed manual gearbox and open differential.

The Lotus Europa S achieves 90 percent of its maximum torque at just 2000 rpm delivering stunning levels of acceleration. It can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.8 seconds and will reach 160 km/h in a little under 14 seconds. Maximum speed is 230 km/h.

This performance is achieved via the Europa S's impressive power to weight ratio of 148 kW/tonne and a specific power output of 73.5 kW/litre.

The Europa S returns impressive fuel economy with a combined average of 9.3 litres/100 km (30.4 mpg) - or 7.2 litres/100 km (39.2 mpg) on a highway cycle.

The lightweight dashpanel in the Europa S allows the integration of a passenger side SRS Airbag which pairs with a similar driver's airbag mounted in the leather-bound Momo steering wheel to ensure optimum occupant safety.

Standard equipment includes ABS, air conditioning, passenger and drivers SRS airbags, new leather trimmed ProBax seats, Alpine AM/FM/CD four speaker audio system with MP3/iPod interface, full carpeting and sound insulation and remote immobiliser/alarm system.

The exterior of the car includes elegant Lotus designed lightweight 17" diameter wheels front and rear, shod with bespoke Bridgestone Potenza tyres (175/55 R17 on the front and 225/45 R17 on the rear), a rear spoiler and auxiliary front driving lamps.

According to John Startari, managing director of Lotus Cars Australia, the introduction of a Lotus more focused on touring capabilities, represents an important addition to the current Lotus product range.

"The Europa S provides Lotus with a car that expands the marque's appeal beyond its current customer base in Australia while still demonstrating the key Lotus brand attributes and high levels of quality," said John Startari.

Jonathan Stretton, sales & marketing manager Lotus Cars Australia, added that the Lotus Europa S is really a slightly softer and easier car to live with on a daily basis.

"The concept for Europa S was originally mooted as being business class by Lotus and a GT car.

"However, considerable market analysis alongside the company's future product plans, in particular two new models that will be positioned above the Europa S in coming years, meant the concept was altered to deliver a car that is not a GT, but a car that compliments its more hard-edged siblings," said Jon Stretton.

"It means Lotus customers will still be able to enjoy the outrageous fun and exhilaration of driving a true Lotus without having to make as many compromises when it comes to the practicality of living with their 'pride and joy' day to day," he added.

"We have retained the purity and simplicity of the Elise and the Exige while recognising that for some the experience from these cars may sometimes be just a little too extreme.

"The legendary Lotus prowess in suspension set-up has delivered a chassis with soft compliant springs and firm controllable dampers making the Europa S a car that is exhilarating to drive in virtually any situation," he said.

Russell Carr, Chief of Design for Lotus, led the design team in producing an elegant, and sophisticated sports car.

"It was important that the essence of current and classic Lotus products be captured in the design of the Europa S," said Russell Carr.

"The form of a design should reflect the spirit of the car, and the 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 fluid, understated language reflecting its more sophisticated persona," he added.

"The original Europa from the late 1960s was a great design in its own right - elegant, purposeful and effective, however, we did not set out to bring the classic Europa design up to date, but instead started with a clean sheet to produce a car full of character and worthy of being called a Lotus," he said.

The Europa S made its Australian debut at the Sydney Motorshow in November 2006 and officially went on sale in Australia in February 2007 at a price of $109,900 plus dealer delivery and statutory charges.

The Lotus Europa S is manufactured at the Lotus manufacturing facility at Hethel in the UK.

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