Americans Luck Out On New Lotus Europa

Written by tonks on August 13, 2007

Lotus EuropaBeing able to see new and beautiful cars is a great experience. Being able to test drive them is an even better one. But what happens when that great new car isn’t available for us to look up at close or even swing by somewhere and randomly test drive it(is that were even possible).

The new Lotus Europa, which started production in July of 2006, will not be made available to the U.S. or Canada nor will it be built anywhere near us. A small Chinese manufacturer, Jinhua Neoplan, has extended its agreement with Malaysian automaker Proton and now plans to begin assembling Lotus sports cars by year’s end, which includes the Europa.

The two-seater Europa S uses the same lightweight construction techniques as its smaller siblings, but Lotus says it’s a separate model and has given it a separate Lotus-type model number, 121, to distinguish it from 111, the model number of the Elise and Exige.

The Europa is designed to give significantly enhanced levels of touring and cruising capability, although its low weight of just 2,194 pounds and its midmounted 200-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged engine give supercar performance, with a 0-to-60-mph time of 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 140 mph.

So while we can’t get much of a glimpse or get a chance to run our hands across its shiny surface at least we can read reports of it from afar or from people who can acctually get their hands on it. Who know maybe it will turn out to be a car that we won’t acctually miss out on in the end. Peraphs it won’t be as special as many think it is.

                                       Lotus Europa Side View


Posted Under: Lotus,Supercars

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