Defying Stereotypes, Lotus Europa Proves Rock-Solid On Heroic…

Everyone was pretty impressed by the Aston Martins driving from Panama to Alaska, but we must assume that rally was loaded with top-flight mechanics equipped with the correct tools. How would you feel about buying a Lotus Europa in San Francisco, hopping in, and driving straight to Alabama- across mountains and desert… » 7/23/08 2:00pm 7/23/08 2:00pm

Welcome To Burnaby, Where The Europas And Beats Roam Free

We saw the Chuck D-centric Olds 98 in Toronto a couple weeks back, and now the Canadian contingent is back with a whole bunch of seriously rare machines for our enjoyment. Donkeyassman has spotted a Lotus Europa, Lotus Elan, Chevy Chevelle, Mazda Eunos, and a pair of Honda Beats in the city of Burnaby, B.C. So put on… » 4/29/08 3:00pm 4/29/08 3:00pm

Lotus Europa SE Revealed; Shows Off Pretty Smile, 222 Horsepower

There'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).… » 3/05/08 5:50am 3/05/08 5:50am

Lotus Europa Gets More Power, Entry-Level Model

The Lotus Europa is the Elise for people with bags to carry. Though not quite as light as the Elise, or as fast as the Exige, the Europa is a car you might be able to live with as your daily driver. Despite the addition of a bit of room and some creature comforts, the new Europa is still good for a 0-60 mph trot of… » 3/03/08 1:45pm 3/03/08 1:45pm

Project Car Hell: Lotus Europa or Honda S800 Coupe?

With the '67 Scout 800 just barely ahead of the '78 Scout II in yesterday's International Harvester Choose Your Eternity poll, I figured today would be a good time to return to Sports Car Hell. Now, it's child's play to find innumerable cool/nightmarish British machines beckoning to you from the smoldering gates to… » 2/26/08 5:00pm 2/26/08 5:00pm

Two China-Built Lotus Models in the Offing

While protons may be absolutely essential subatomic bits of your joe-schmoe lotus, who knew that Proton was planning to diversify and outsource its Hethel acquisition's creations? But Malaysia's Proton is doing just that, giving China's Jinhua Neoplan the go-ahead to build two Lotus models, which may be the Europa and… » 8/08/07 10:00pm 8/08/07 10:00pm

Inside Line Questions the New Europa's Blackness, Er, Lotusness

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… » 10/17/06 9:00am 10/17/06 9:00am

Brats, Vin, Spaghetti, Four-Bangers and Low-Calorie Mash: Vintage Lotus…

We love Lotus. We love the odd designs, we love the sheer randomness of the cars and their penchant for finding obscure words that begin with the letter E. (Seriously, who thought "Eclat" was a good name for a car? It sounds like a bowel dysfunction.) We love the Seven because it's like a well-endwed featherweight… » 8/30/06 3:00pm 8/30/06 3:00pm

Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing: The Lotus Europa

It's a mystery. No car whose design we've ever endorsed on this site has gotten such a unilateral thumbs-down from the Jalopnik audience as the new Lotus Europa. Most readers who've seen the press photos have (either publicly or by inbox-to-inbox, heat-seeking missive) decried it as a reject from Lotus parent… » 2/28/06 3:37pm 2/28/06 3:37pm

Lotus Releases Pics, Info on New Europa

Those turned off by the cocktail-bag stowage capacity of the Lotus Elise and Exige sportsters will look toward the Lotus Europa S as God's gift to the long weekend. It's a GT car, meaning it can carry at least a change of clothing and a toothbrush, that still has its siblings' approach to weight (not a lot of it) and… » 2/23/06 10:42am 2/23/06 10:42am