Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Geneva Preview: 2009 Lotus Europa Coupe

The most comfortable Lotus for everyday use, the Europa coupe has been enhanced for the 2009 MY. The updated Europa coupe will be offered in Europe in two guises; a new entry level model priced at £27,950 / €37,500 and the range topping SE model available for £32,995 / €41,500. Note however that Euro prices are without taxes, delivery & other related costs.

Both versions of the Europa now offer increased levels of comfort over the Elise and Exige. As with all 2008 Lotus road cars, the Europa and Europa SE now come with driver and passenger airbags and an engine start button as standard. The Europa interior is furnished with leather sports seats and comes as standard with a high quality stereo system.
The Europa SE also gets new light weight alloy rims wrapped in wider, high performance tyres, for increased levels of grip. These new high performance wheels are larger with 17” rims up front, and larger 18” rims on the rear. The new wheels house high performance AP Racing four pot brakes and larger (308 mm) diameter discs.

The Europa has a mid-mounted 2 litre turbo charged engine, tuned in the SE with an all new calibration to 225 Hp and with 300 Nm of torque. 0-60 mph in the SE comes in 5.5 sec (0-100 km/h in 5.7 sec) and the sprint to 100 mph (160 km/h) takes just 13.0 sec (estimated). The Europa SE will hit a top speed of 143 mph (estimated).

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