2008 Lotus Europa Review

Europa

Looking for a Used Europa in your area?

CarGurus has thousands of nationwide listings and the tools to find you a great deal.

ZIP:
Average user score
4 5 stars
Based on 1 review

2008 Lotus Europa Overview

A Lotus sports car for regular drivers, the Europa two-door coupe debuted in 2006, and receives an update for 2008. A new upscale SE trim also launches for '08, joining the existing S trim in the lineup. As in previous years, Lotus offers the 2008 Europa S and SE for sale only in Europe.

The Europa harkens back to its original version, designed by Lotus founder Colin Chapman and produced from 1966 to 1975. Like the original, the newer Europa features a mid-engine design, which places the engine behind the passenger cabin but in front of the rear axle, resulting in better overall balance and weight distribution. In addition, the Europa borrows many of its components from the more race-oriented Lotus Elise. And although the Europa offers a more driver-friendly experience than the Elise, it still offers race-car-like acceleration. A turbocharged 197-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which produces 200 lb-ft pounds of torque, powers the Europa S, while the SE comes equipped with a tweaked version of the same engine. It produces 222 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque, driving the SE from 0 to 60 in just 5.5 seconds.

New features for 2008 include updated, lighter wheels (17-inch in front, 18-inch in the rear) with wider performance tires, which improve road grip compared to the previous year's tires. The '08 Europa rides on an updated double-wishbone suspension, borrowed from Lotus's race cars, which provides precise handling, although the automaker tuned the suspension for a more comfortable ride than the Elise, which offers a harsher race-car-type driving experience.

The 2008 Europa's interior also receives an update. Standard features now include leather-trimmed ProBax seats, leather sun visors, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, power windows and central locking, and a premium audio system. The SE also includes sound-deadening material and a navigation system, among other features. An engine start button and driver and passenger airbags come standard on both trims. Overall, the Europa delivers more interior space than Lotus's race-oriented cars, thanks to its lower sides and higher roof. It also offers a larger trunk than many of the automaker's other cars.

Updated
by

Rob has been a contributor to CarGurus since 2007, and an automotive test-driver and writer since the early ’90s. He’s test-driven everything from BMWs and Jags to Bentleys and Saabs, with an occasional Range Rover, Ferrari, Porsche or Lamborghini thrown in. He also created the annual Car of the Year and Exotic Car of the Year awards for Robb Report magazine. He currently resides in California.

What's your take on the 2008 Lotus Europa?

Have you driven a 2008 Lotus Europa?  
Rank This Car
Europa

Looking for a Used Europa in your area?

CarGurus has thousands of nationwide listings and the tools to find you a great deal.

ZIP:
Have questions?   Ask a question

Lotus Europa Questions

There aren't any questions yet. Ask the first question!