What happens when Lotus develops a Proton exotic and then has it handed back to itself? The answer, unfortunately, is not Tesla. Nor is it Exige. Or Elise. Or even submarine Esprit. If the Inside Line-types ensconced in the Edmunds compound are to be believed, the new Europa S fits into a no-man's land that isn't particularly pleasing. They say it's too pricey, too noisy for the intended segment and too impure to be a proper Lotus, plus it's too off the mark to slot in anywhere else. Ouch.
Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing: The Lotus Europa [Internal]