Europa SE

3 March 2008

2008 Lotus Europa Range
Group Lotus plc unveils a new updated and significantly enhanced range of Europa’s at the
78th annual Geneva International Motor Show. The new entry level Europa is priced at £27,950
MSRP / 37,500, with the range topping Europa SE available for a competitive £32,995 MSRP
/ 41,500 (Euro prices are without taxes, delivery & other related costs).
These new Europa variants have been designed and developed especially for European
customers and will be sold exclusively across Europe from June 2008. The Europa is now
available to a larger target audience with the entry level car providing a more accessible way
to own a Europa and the SE designed to appeal to those who are even more style conscious
and want increased levels of performance.
Mike Kimberley, CEO of Group Lotus plc commented: “As the true driver will know, this Europa
range, offers access to Lotus’ unique DNA for those who perceive the Elise and Exige as a
little too uncompromising for everyday use. The new Europa SE sits at the more refined end of
the Lotus spectrum, providing a terrific mix of performance, agility and style, but incorporates
Lotus’s values and heritage”.
The Europa has a mid-mounted 2 litre turbo charged engine, tuned in the SE with an all new
calibration to 225 PS and with 300 Nm of torque to offer effortless cruising capability. Even
though the Europa is engineered with more relaxed driving characteristics it provides amazing
performance, with 0-60 mph in the SE dispatched in 5.5s (0-100 km/h in 5.7s estimated) and
the sprint to 100 mph (160 km/h) taking just 13.0s (estimated). Given the legal opportunity to
stretch its legs, the Europa SE will hit a top speed of 143 mph (estimated).
The Europa now offers increased levels of comfort over the Elise and Exige whilst enhancing
the focused driving experience that you would expect from a Lotus. These models are both
equipped with race car derived double wishbone suspension to give an exceptional driving feel
with Lotus DNA. The sleek Europa body work, together with the assistance of the flat
underbody, generates positive downforce to provide balanced handling at speed.
The Europa SE has attractive and light weight new wheels, which are shod with wider, high
performance tyres, for increased levels of grip. These new high performance wheels are larger
with 17” rims up front, and larger 18” rims on the rear. The new wheels house high
performance AP Racing four pot brakes and larger (308 mm) diameter discs.
The SE interior has been updated by Lotus Design with a stylish new design that works in
harmony with the premium avant-garde Ice White of the Geneva Show car. The interior is
finished using 4 hides of soft, lightweight high-grade leather, to ensure that every surface has
a luxuriant tactile feel.
As with all 2008 Lotus road cars, the Europa and Europa SE come with driver and passenger
airbags and an engine start button as standard. The Europa interior is furnished with leather
sports seats and comes as standard with a high quality stereo system.

Vehicle Description


Europa SE


1998 cc turbo charged engine, 4 cylinders in line, water-cooled with double overhead camshafts. 4 valves per cylinder, multi-point sequential system fuel injection and electronic ignition. Re-mapped ECU to suit.


Three-way catalytic converter. Euro IV emissions compliant with full On-Board Diagnostics (OBD).


M32 Gearbox, aluminium construction. 6-speed, constant mesh helical gears and open differential.


Lotus designed lightweight structure of epoxy bonded aluminium alloy extrusions with glass-fibre composite front section, extruded aluminium door beams, integral steel seat-belt support structure and lightweight galvanised steel rear subframe.


Solidly mounted mechanical rack and pinion steering box. 2.8 turns lock-to-lock.


Fully independent sport suspension utilising unequal length wishbones. Bilstein mono-tube dampers with coaxial Eibach coil springs. Front anti-roll bar.


Fondmetal 7800 - Black Polished
F: 7Jx17 & R: 8Jx18


Goodyear F1 GSD
F: 195/45 R17 & R: 235/40 R18


Servo-assisted, track tuned 4-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) Front: AP-Racing four-piston fixed aluminium alloy front brake callipers with 308 mm diameter, 26 mm thick vented disks. Rear: Brembo single-piston sliding rear callipers with 288mm diameter, 26mm thick vented cast-iron discs. Ferrodo DS25HP Pad Material in all callipers.

Performance Data

Engine installation

Transverse, mid-mounted

Cylinder configuration

in-line 4


1998 cm3

Fuel consumption - urban

13.4 l/100km

Fuel consumption - extraurban

7.7 l/100km

Fuel consumption - combined


CO2 emissions


Fuel tank capacity

9.6 galUK ( 43.5 l )

Gear ratios I / II / III

3.818 :1 / 2.158 :1 / 1.475 :1

IV / V / VI

1.067 :1 / 0.875 :1 / 0.744 :1

R / Final drive

3.545 :1 / 3.941 :1

Max Power

222 bhp ( 165 kW ) ( 225 PS ) at 5700 rpm

Max Torque

221 lbft ( 300 Nm ) at 4000 rpm

Specific power output

111 bhp/l ( 83 kW/l ) ( 113 PS/l)

Power to weight ratio

226 bhp/ton ( 166 kW/t )

0-60 mph

4.9 seconds

0-100 km/h

5.3 seconds

0-100 mph (0-160 km/h)

12.4 seconds

Maximum speed

146 mph ( 235 km/h )

Vehicle mass - unladen


Weight distribution

38% Front - 62% Rear



2330 mm


F: 1457 mm & R: 1490 mm

Overall length

3900 mm

Overall width (door mirrors excluded)

1714 mm

Overall width (door mirrors included)

1850 mm

Overall height - mid-laden

1120 mm


F: 815 mm & R: 754 mm

Ground cleareance - mid-laden

130 mm

Luggage capacity

154 l - 50 kg

Vehicle Specification

Air conditioning


ABS with servo assisted brakes


Unique lightweight wheels


Goodyear F1 GSD tyres


Tyre puncture repair aerosol


Tool kit


Exterior Specification

Solid paint

Standard (refer to colour chart)

Metallic paint

Option (refer to colour chart)

Lifestyle paint

Option (refer to colour chart)

Premium Paint

Option (refer to colour chart)

Custom paint

Price on application

Front driving lights


Front mud-flaps


Interior Specification

Central door locking


Leather trimmed ProBax Sport seats


Leather trimmed door panels


Leather trimmed side sills with embroidered logo and stowage pockets


Leather trimmed instrument and ventilation binnacles


Leather trimmed centre console with aluminium gaiter frame and stowage pockets


Leather trimmed air conditioning console


Leather trimmed trinket tray


Leather trimmed high specification steering wheel and steering column shroud


Leather gear-lever gaiter


Leather handbrake-lever gaiter


Leather trimmed tailgate inner


Carpet trimmed battery cover


Leather oddment bag attached in boot


Trunk straps


Starter button

Wooden gear-knob

Polished aluminium handbrake sleeve


Tinted rear and engine bay windows


Silver exterior grilles


Body coloured front lower driving lamps


Body coloured roof air outlet


Entertainment & Security Specification

High Quality CD player and radio with 4 Speakers




Remote activated alarm


Options Packs

Trim Colours:

  • Black/White
  • Saddle Tan
  • Black/Red

Colour Selector

Solid Colours:

British Racing Green

Ardent Red

Metallic: (Cost Option)

Canyon Red

Solar Yellow

Arctic Silver

Storm Titanium

Starlight Black

Persian Blue

Liquid Blue

Lifestyle Colours: (Cost option)

Chrome Orange

Isotope Green

Aspen White

Graphite Grey

Phantom Black

Laser Blue


Carbon Grey

Quartz Silver

Premium Colours: (Cost option)

Ice White

Burnt Orange

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