Lotus Europa SE Revealed; Shows Off Pretty Smile, 222 HorsepowerMike Spinelli3/05/08 5:50amFiled to: geneva motor show2008 Geneva Auto Show2008 geneva motor showEuropa SELotuslotus europaLotus Europa SEEuropageneva auto show21EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThere's no doubt the late-model Lotus Europa is a touring car with neither the punch nor the tautness of an Exige or Elise. But if you've got more than a slice of salami to transport, the Europa is your bastard. Here in Geneva, the company introduced a more upscale model, the SE (you go, 1984 naming conventions, you). It's the Lotus Europa SE and it comes with a more powerful two-liter turbocharged engine, upclocked to 222 horsepower and with 221 lb-ft. That's good for a zero-to-60 time of 5.5 seconds and a 13-second sprint to 100 mph and on up to an estimated 143 mph ceiling. The SE also comes with new wheels, 17" in the front and 18" at the rear, under which reside a set of four pot brakes and larger (308 mm) diameter discs by AP Racing. Lotus Design put its swank thumbprint on the SE's interior, using four whole hides of high-grade leather. All that can be yours for 10 grand over the Europa's equivalent dollar price of $55,000. Go high-profit-margin marketing schemes, go!