Lotus Europa For 2009 - Power and Prestige
The Lotus Europa SE is priced at $109,990 (RRP),
whilst the Europa S has had a price drop.
3rd March, 2009
- Power upgrade for 2009
- 165 kW/300 Nm: most power/torque in range
- 0-100km/h in 5.3 seconds
- Variety of Interior and Exterior upgrades
The Lotus Europa SE races into 2009 with a host of upgrades that make it more appealing and accessible to a
broader range of enthusiasts. 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 per cent, from 147 kW at 5,400 rpm in the Europa S, to 165 kW at 5,750 rpm 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 per cent from 272 Nm at 5,000 rpm in the Europa S to a strong 287 Nm at 4,500 rpm
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 0-100 km/h dropping from 5.8 seconds to 5.3 seconds, and a top
speed increase of 5 km/h to 235 km/h.
The Europa SE also sports an all new Fondmetal light weight, 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 callipers and 308 mm 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.
Lotus Europa SE
With the assistance of wider door apertures than the Elise/Exige, the Europa SE also benefits from the
optional Luxury Touring pack. A $5,000 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 light weight 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, plus 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.
Lotus Cars Australia General Manager for Sales & Marketing Jonathan Stretton sees the unique
positioning of the Europa S and SE as ideal stepping stones to future models:
"We are very excited to have the Evora joining the Australian range in 2009, but we can’t overlook
the importance and appeal of our core Elise, Exige and Europa models. The Europa is the car for those who
have always appreciated the Elise and Exige models but are looking for a Lotus that is a little more
cosseting, a little more ‘everyday’."
The torque of the turbocharged 2.0-litre engine in the Europa SE fulfils a variety of driving
environments, with comfortable cruising capability and phenomenal acceleration on tap when needed. With
increased levels of practicality and refinement evident in the Europa models and particularly the Europa
SE, it broadens Lotus’ market appeal with a car that still remains true to Lotus’ core values of being
innovative, offering excellent ride and handling and simply being great fun to drive."
Despite the list of enhancements evident in the new Lotus Europa SE, it is priced at $109,990 (RRP)
which is the same point at which the Europa S entered the Australian market. The Europa S is now priced
at $99,990 (RRP).
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