...the europa is a compromise vehicle - all the raw performance of the 111 platform softened to serve as a GT car, and all the opulent smoothness of a GT car shoehorned into a harsh 111 chassis...it's certainly rare, although many find its styling banal by contemporary lotus standards, a touch too much like any-other-sports-coupe...
...the evora, conversely, was designed from the ground up as a GT car, and it really shows when you experience one in person...i don't doubt that the europa is a unique ownership experience, but i also don't think it's capable of coming across as elegantly-composed as the evora's comprehensive design solution...certainly the evora will outperform the europa, and it will also outfunction the europa at both cars' intended role - about the only way the europa comes out on top is as a scarce specimen: a factory elise made posh...
thats my car
lotus only ever intended to produce 500 of these
I guess if it sold really well they might have changed their mind on that
The issue with it for most people is the price, I can only compare australian prices but the ratio should be the same wherever
A base model elise costs $70k. A Europa S (which was the only model originally) costs $110k
thats a lot more to pay, might as well get an elise
I bought mine secondhand, it was the press demonstrator for Australia
As for the softness/cruiser bit, lotus tried to push that message and failed. The cabins the same, sure it has some extra leather, better seats as standard but the leather is an afterthought and the size of everything is the same, mine still has the plastic uncovered dashboard
The chassis, suspension and brakes are the same as an elise
The thread asked "why have I not seen this Lotus". The OP lists home as Idaho. I cant imagine too many people in Idaho talking about the non- US Europa. There's nothing potato-ie about it. Okay my humor is a little off today. no offense OP. question...
I know most people believe they haven't even seen an Elise in the US. I work with guys that claim the same yet I have been with them as they drive by Lotuses all the time and they don't notice. If you're not interested or looking for the cars or the information yes you won't know about it.