• May 28, 2010
Lotus Europa – Click above for high-res image gallery

Given the recent launch of the more practical Evora, it shouldn't come as surprise that Lotus will be ceasing production of the ill-fated Europa later this year. According to our sources, European dealers have stopped taking orders for the Elise-based coupe and production will wind down within the next few months to fill what few orders remain.

Just as a refresher, the Europa launched in 2006 with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four putting out around 200 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque, and in hindsight, it was likely a stopgap used by Lotus to fill the need for a larger, more compliant coupe before the Evora debuted last year. Three variants were available, including the S and SE, the latter of which got a boost in output to 220 hp and an equal amount of torque in early 2008. We never got a shot behind the wheel, but judging by our drive of the all-new Evora, there's no love lost.




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      • 4 Years Ago
      Good. The europa was always some odd half step to the evora. an elise, exige, evor, and forthcoming esprit thingie makes a lot more sense. plus the sales have never been there and the europa never really helped move lotus in any direction... plus.. reviving that name? come on guys.

      http://img2.netcarshow.com/Lotus-Europa_1965_800x600_wallpaper_03.jpg

      ^ :/
      Pug_Power
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm still waiting for a proper Espirit replacement from Lotus. Regardless though, the Evora is a very nice looking car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Pug_Power
        Esprit... I don't know. Lotus is all about light cars with small engines, and especially in these environmentally conscious days, I wouldn't expect a bas-ass supercar.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Pug_Power
        @Nico

        How old are you? Seriously. Every time I see a post from you, it's FULL of false info and you just letting everyone know how oblivious to the automotive world you really are. This is the recipe for a mid-teen who thinks he knows a lot when he doesn't.

        The Lotus Esprit captured Lotus' recipe with being lightweight and being quite powerful. It weighed under 3,000lbs and in V8 trim, pumped out 350hp. No other mid-engined car during that time could keep up with it other than the Ferrari F355.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Evora is a good replacement, so that can go.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm a big car guy, and a Lotus fan, but I never even knew this existed....but from looks alone, the Evora is a quantum leap forward. Look forward to seeing them on the road near me- getting bored with the Elises and Exiges!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The headlights look like they were sourced from the 2002-2004 Acura RSX parts bin.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This Europa isn't given its proper credit. The Elise is a great car, and this generation of Europa took most of the Elise's spirit and made it more of an everyday driver. This generation of the Europa is sort of a mid-point between the Elise and the new Evora -- and certainly not a "stopgap". There's still a place for it in this world, but considering Lotus already has such a small market, the Europa has to go. Still, it made the list of top ten cars not sold in the U.S.:

      http://www.motobullet.com/news.php?id=10077
      • 4 Years Ago
      Didn't Clarkson review this for Top Gear? It was in one of the season previews, but I think they said they never aired it because they had nothing interesting to say about it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They built these? Never seen/heard of them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Questions are raised about the Dodge EV...
      • 4 Years Ago
      um. yes.

      "Chrysler seems to have taken a few pages from Tesla's playbook, which is evident by the fact that its EV is wearing the body of a Lotus Europa at the moment."

      _autoblog

      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought that the "elise based coupe" was the exige?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think that's more of an Elise coupe than an Elise-based coupe, but point taken.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wonder how limited their numbers are? Future classic perhaps?
      Hey Lotus, next up for production would be the new Esprit, pretty please?
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