Released in 2006, the Lotus Europa S was designed to be a more toned down and comfortable variant of the driver focused Lotus Elise and its derivative, the Exige. The Europa S is a modern version of the Europa line of the 1960s and 1970s.
The Europa S features a larger boot (trunk), greater sound-proofing and easier cabin access due to the lower chassis sides and higher roof line. The Europa S includes creature comforts such as air conditioning, a sound system, leather interior and interior carpeting as standard equipment reflecting its grand touring nature.
Fitted with a 2L turbocharged four-cylinder engine the Europa S is no slouch, with a 0-60 time of just 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 143mph making this quick by new modern day standards. It steers like only a Lotus can – direct, meaty, reassuring – the brakes bite early with plenty of feel and the six ratios are ideally spaced to work the 2.0-litre engine.