The All-New Lotus Europa SE

Lotus Europa SE

The Lotus Europa SE races into 2009 with a host of upgrades that make it more appealing and accessible to a broader range of enthusiast. It also provides more power and performance, more equipment and as such offers more value than ever before.

Designed to appeal to those who are more style conscious, the Europa SE also carries the largest capacity engine in the current Lotus range and the most torque. Peak power increases 12 percent, from 147kW at 5400rpm in the Europa S, to 165kW at 5750rpm in the SE model, furthering the output from the turbocharged 2.0-litre engine and offering effortless cruising capability combined with thrilling acceleration.

Torque also increases 10 percent from 272Nm at 5000rpm in the Europa S to a strong 287Nm at 4500rpm in the Europa SE, reinforcing its title as the most torque-rich car in the Lotus range. These increases are gained from a revised ECU which offers not just greater power and torque, but improved response, a wider spread of power and smoother delivery throughout.

The Lotus engine management tuning in the Europa SE is supported by a lack of any weight gain for the SE model, so acceleration improves markedly, with 0-100km/h dropping from 5.8 seconds to 5.3 seconds, and a top speed increase of 5km/h to 235km/h.

The Europa SE also sports an all new Fondmetal lightweight, larger diameter wheel package with wider tyres. The SE wheel size increases one-inch to 17s on the front and 18s on the rear, the first time this size has been offered on a production Lotus Elise, Exige or Europa. The new wheels also house high performance AP Racing four-piston calipers and 308mm diameter discs.

All Lotus models are equipped with race car derived double wishbone suspension to offer an exceptional driving feel with Lotus DNA. The sleek Europa bodywork, together with the assistance of the flat underbody, generates positive downforce to provide balanced handling at speed. With the assistance of wider door apertures than the Elise/Exige, the Europa SE also benefits from the optional Luxury Touring pack. A $5000 option on Europa S but standard fit on the SE, this pack dresses the interior extensively in the smart attire of Saddle Tan, Black/White or Black/Red leather.

In detail, this pack includes soft high-grade lightweight leather to ensure that every surface has a luxurious and tactile feel: the leather is dressed on the dash, door inserts, roof lining, handbrake and gearshift gaiter, centre console with lightweight adjustable cup-holder, steering wheel and column shroud, instrument and ventilation binnacles and side sills.

The side sills also feature aluminium plates etched with the Europa SE logo. Leather is also featured on the ProBax Sport seats, tailgate inner and luggage tie-down straps, whilst there is also a leather oddment bag fixed within the boot. The addition of body coloured auxiliary driving lamp surrounds and roof air outlet, tinted rear and engine bay windows on the outside of the Europa SE combine with a wooden gear-knob, an engine push start button and polished handbrake sleeve which complete the interior upgrades.

One comment

  • Postman
    March 2, 2009 - 2:27 am | Permalink

    I believe that people didn’t want anything out of style so I could say that this car is the dream car of everyone else.

    Of course, you couldn’t afford one if you don’t have the money so you can settle for any version that it is out of style.

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