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The New Lotus Europa S

February 3rd, 2007

The new Lotus Europa S will provide Queensland Lotus customers with a spectacular preview at this year's Brisbane Motor Show, highlighting its significantly enhanced levels of touring and cruising capability, as well as higher levels of practicality and refinement complementing 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 Lotus 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 soft full leather interior, ABS, driver and passenger airbags and full carpeting all as standard, Lotus has created a more comfortable, quiet and relaxing interior whilst remaining 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 percent 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 around 5.8 seconds (0 - 60 mph in 5.5 seconds) and 160 km/h (100 mph) in around 14 seconds. Maximum speed is approximately 230 km/h (143 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).

The introduction of a Lotus more focused on touring capabilities, represents both an important and unique addition to the Lotus product range, as John Startari, Managing Director of Lotus Cars Australia, 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."

Jonathan Stretton, Sales & Marketing Manager Lotus Cars Australia explains further the positioning of the Lotus Europa S:

"No longer will the outrageous fun and exhilaration of driving a true Lotus require Lotus customers to make as many compromises when it comes to the practicality of living with their 'pride and joy' on a daily basis. The purity and simplicity of the Lotus Elise and Exige ranges is now perfectly complemented with the arrival of the new Europa S - a car which stays true to the Lotus philosophy of 'Performance through lightweight', but recognises that for some, the Elise and Exige experience may sometimes
prove just a little too 'extreme'!"

The Europa S was had its worldwide preview at the Geneva Motorshow in March 2006, with press drives conducted in Europe in September 2006 and will officially go on sale in Australia in Febraury 2007.

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