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Lotus Europa (2006–10)

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Lotus Europa. 2006–10 (prod. 456, incl. 48 SE). 2-door coupé. M/R, 1998 cm³ (I4 DOHC). Revival of the Europa name for S and SE models, but not related to the previous car in concept, execution or market. Plush sports car, supposedly a GT targeting the Porsche Cayman (987c), on stretched Elise platform (same wheelbase as Opel Speedster). Heavier than Elise thanks to standard equipment, but cramped, and not comparing that well with Cayman, but, on the other hand, it was cheaper in its home market. SE (from 2008) plusher still, with performance upgrades. Very communicative steering, excellent handling as expected, but lacked mod-cons such as sat-nav (which purists would argue is a good thing).

Manufacturing location: Hethel, Norfolk, England

Marque: Lotus | Model: Lotus Europa

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