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Europa S Interior Fits Like A Fine Leather Glove

February 27th, 2007

From the moment you slide behind the wheel and slip into the ProBax technology seat there is a realisation that Europa S is very much a driver's car.

The body hugging ProBax seats provide both driver and passenger with the right amount of support and security to cope with the high acceleration, braking and cornering levels the Europa S generates.

ProBax seats help to significantly improve the postural position of the driver and passenger by maintaining the natural curvature of the spine, so improving comfort and improving the body's blood flow.

The leather clad Momo steering wheel is a small off-centre unit set in just the right position for comfort, driver dexterity and feedback while the gear stick is positioned just 15 cm from the steering wheel ensuring quick, accurate and safe changes in the six-speed close ratio gearbox.

The lightweight steel and extruded aluminium pedals are positioned to make heel and toe changes easy.

To make access to the cockpit easier for driver and passenger, the sills of the Europa S have been lowered by 40 mm compared with the Elise and Exige, while being reinforced to maintain the stiffness of the chassis.

Similarly the door glass is 50 mm higher than both Elise and Exige giving an additional 90 mm door opening for the driver and passenger.

The Lotus vehicle dynamics team were set a tough challenge to produce a ride and handling package for the Lotus Europa S that combined compliance and comfort with the legendary Lotus agility, responsiveness and handling.

Europa S is aimed at drivers who are willing to sacrifice the extra five percent of track day performance for a more 'cruising' type drive, with extra space and more luxury.

The interior of the Europa S is a luxurious environment for a Lotus with full leather trim (black or black with tan) as standard. The leather trim extends not just to the seats and steering wheel but also the centre console and door inserts (perforated leather).

Carpet lines the floor area and part of the chassis' sides - the only area where carpet or leather is untrimmed is on the footplate just forward of the seats.

Other standard interior equipment includes driver and passenger airbags, air conditioning, an Alpine AM/FM/CD/MP3 player with the speakers mounted in the rear bulk head and on the top facia panel, central door locking and electric windows.

The Europa S is so highly equipped there are no additional cost options, other than premium paint or custom colours.

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