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Lotus Europa S - yours for under £33,000

PUBLISHED: 08:30 17 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:02 22 October 2010

The new Lotus Europa S, which is being made in Norfolk and goes on sale in the autumn.

The new Lotus Europa S, which is being made in Norfolk and goes on sale in the autumn.

It's sleek, it's stylish, it's made in Norfolk... and it could soon be yours for a touch under £33,000. Lotus has revealed the pricing for its new Europa S sports car, which goes on sale on September 16.

It's sleek, it's stylish, it's made in Norfolk... and it could soon be yours for a touch under £33,000.

Lotus has revealed the pricing for its new Europa S sports car, which goes on sale on September 16.

The eagerly-awaited Grand Tourer-inspired two-seater will cost £32,995 in the UK.

The car, being made at the company's plant at Hethel, near Wymondham, will be fully equipped with features including driver and passenger airbags, air-conditioning, satellite navi-gation and a full leather interior. Metallic paint and lifestyle paint colours are the only cost options at £595 and £1,009 respectively.

So far Lotus has revealed only the pricing for some European countries. Pricing for other countries will be released soon, but the Europa S will not be sold in North America.

The car will provide Lotus customers with a spectacular vehicle with significantly enhanced levels of touring and cruising capability, as well as higher levels of comfort and refinement to complement the simplicity of the Elise and Exige models.

Compared with the Elise, the Europa S has a larger boot and easier cabin access resulting from lower chassis sides and a higher roof line.

The new mid-engine coupé will deliver high levels of performance from a 200PS 2.0-litre turbo engine that achieves around 90pc of its maximum torque at only 2000rpm to give class-leading levels of acceleration from low engine speeds, propelling the car from 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 150mph.

As reported in the EDP in March, Lotus wowed the crowds at the Geneva Motor Show when it officially unveiled the new model, which it said was designed to offer a “business class” driving experience combining sporting performance with greater comfort.

Although Lotus is expecting to sell only about 500 of the Europa S cars in the first year, it is regarded as a critically important car for the future of the famous marque.

Sales of the Elise have peaked after the introduction of the car into the US two years ago, and Lotus needs strong sales of the new model to maintain production at Hethel at around 4000 cars a year.

Speaking at the unveiling of the Europa S, Trevor Houghton Berry, head of commercial operations for Lotus, said: “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 light weight but recognises that for some the Elise and Exige experience my prove just a little too extreme.”

The original Lotus Europa was produced between 1966 and 1975 and was one of the most successful sports cars of its day.

Russell Carr, chief of design for Lotus, who led the design team on the new Europa, said the original from the 1960s and 70s 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 characterful car worthy of being called a Lotus,” he added.


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