Review: Lotus Europa S

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Review: Lotus Europa S

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is renowned for building cars superb handling, no pesky aids and none of the unnecessary that add to the final kerb Living with a Lotus is to be compromise, but it’s a compromise living with because of the the cars deliver when at a track. This is where like the Elise and Exige why their harsh ride, engines and cumbersome entry are sought after by motoring around the world.

Despite the for building some of the best cars of all time, there are out there who desire a more Lotus, a car with the comfort of a GT. This is why the guys from have developed the Europa S, a of the … Elise but with an by Lotus standards interior, accessibility and a host of accessories and not usually found in the light roadsters. Some of the niceties S owners can enjoy most of us take for granted include ABS dual front airbags, control air-conditioning, leather and satellite navigation.

Slide in behind the wheel and immediately realize what was trying to get at when designing the new S. You still have to be a contortion to step into the cabin getting embarrassed but, to the bare-to-the bones Elise and the interior of the Europa S offers a more than just metal surfaces to please the

It’s more refined your run of the mill Lotus but the position is the same as in the Elise and the lightweight extruded aluminum retain the race car feel. you see the perforated leather door thick carpets, and air-conditioning and immediately realize this car is no other constructed by the folks in

The Europa S measures in at 390cm in 11.5cm longer than the and 10.3cm more than the and, at 149cm across, the of its rear track is slightly on its two siblings. Trunk space 154L all up but is compromised because of the shaped floor and the heat comes through from the

Like the Elise, the Europa S is at Lotus’ factory in Hethel and an extruded and bonded aluminum composite body panels and an composite energy absorbing crash structure. The end result of the weight saving techniques is an scant final kerb of just 995kg. More is the weight of the chassis alone, stands at just 68kg and the same strength and rigidity as the Elise and Exige despite its sills being some 4cm

As with all Lotus cars, the S also adopts a front bar and fully independent sports using unequal length and Bilstein mono-tube dampers coaxial Eibach springs at corner.

The car’s mid-mounted turbo engine is derived General Motors’ Ecotec powerplant, and in the Lotus develops a healthy 197hp (147kW) at an 5,400rpm and peak torque of (200lb-ft) at 5,000rpm. Though torque arrives at a relatively rpm rate, 90% of this force is from just 2,000rpm, the car plenty of oomph in the lower and adding to its flexibility around

Drive is sent to the rear via an aluminum six-speed manual and an open differential.

The Europa S part of the typical Lotus that cars like the and Elise are renowned for, but its remains lightning fast and the torque band of the 2.0L masked most of our mistakes and hopping around town more pleasurable. The stiffness of the isn’t as firm as what get in the Elise or Exige but the Europa S is far comfortable. You’ll feel rut and bump in the road but it all pays off you get to the twisty stuff.

The car’s size and richer equipment gives it a significant weight over the lithe Elise and a factor that makes obvious when slinging the car a track. Going into a the Europa S tends to understeer and you to lift off the pedal to bring it onto the ideal trajectory. it too much throttle, however, and the car quickly go into oversteer but never so much so that it uncontrollable.

The rigid chassis and stiff means there’s barely a of body roll, while the and accurate steering means the slightest of adjustments to the wheel see a reaction.

The torquey turbo benefits from minimal lag and quickly to inputs from the gas Acceleration is brisk, with the mark passing in 5.8 seconds and taking just under 14 to come up.

Disappointing in our tests was the braking performance: slowing from 130km/h required 66m of Compare this with Z4 and the Porsche Cayman, two cars weigh more than over the Europa S and take 58.6m and 57.8m respectively to down from the same

Final Verdict

The Europa S is as a more comfortable and livable alternative to the Elise or Exige despite making things a bit accommodating, it remains almost as and uncomfortable as its siblings. The only is that it weighs more, handle as well and is slower the track. Then why would you the Europa S over the fully Lotus Elise or Exige?

Our is to buy a Elise or Exige and get something to use as a daily driver.Lotus

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