Lotus has officially launched the much anticipated Evora for the Malaysian market earlier today. It took a while for the Evora to reach our shores considering it was unveiled in 2008 during the British International Motor Show. The 2+2 mid-engined Lotus is slightly larger than the Europa which is rumored to be shelved later this year.

The Evora is considered by many as a Lotus that is more livable, although it can still prove to be quite difficult for a large-sized individual to comfortably fit in the cockpit. There rear cabin is just enough for kids as well. It is also only available with a good old manual transmission, for now at least. It weighs just 1,350 kilograms and power to the rear wheels come from a 3.5 litre VVT-i V6 that is able to produce 276hp at 6,400 RPM and 342Nm of torque available at 4,700 RPM. The Toyota-sourced engine which features a Lotus T6e ECU is linked to a 6-speed manual gearbox.

Apparently the ratios of the transmission are tuned to offer a smoother drive, not as hard-hitting as some performance-oriented transmissions. With all that power and a light weight chassis the Evora is able to hit the century mark in 5.1 seconds and goes on till it reaches 261km/h. It’s average fuel economy is figured at 8.7 litres per 100 kilometers while producing 199 grams of emissions per kilometer.

The Evora is offered with four trim levels in Malaysia with features like Bi-Xenon headlights, power-fold door mirrors, BOSCH Electronic Differential Lock, ABS with EBD offered as standard. The most basic trim level is the Sport Spec Edition which has a switchable sports mode, titanium sports exhaust tailpipe, engine oil cooler, cross-drilled brake discs with black calipers and a sports diffuser.

Next up is the Tech Spec Edition that comprises of an upgraded audio (2x50W), DVD player, 7-inch WVGA touch screen, portable navigation unit, cruise control, rear parking sensors, tire pressure monitoring system as well as Bluetooth, USB and iPod connectivities. There is also an Alpine reverse camera.

Further up the scale is the Sport & Tech Spec Edition which combines the equipment list available with the models above. The range-topping spot is taken up by the Launch Spec Edition. It has all of the above plus accent lighting, an Evora logo on the dash, premium floor mats, more leather upholstery and a choice of four seat colours including Oyster, Charcoal, Chestnut or Paprika.

On top of the above trim levels, buyers can also optionally add a close-ratio sports gearbox, premium paint or choose between two wheel options such as Y-type 5-spoke cast alloys finished in Stealth Grey or 10-spoke forged alloys in either Hi-Power Silver or Gloss Anthracite. The base Sport Spec will set you back RM443,480.00 while the Tech Spec and Sport & Tech Spec versions are priced at RM463,650.00 and RM472,110.00 respectively. The top-of-the-line Launch Spec can be yours for RM490,210.00.

As always, an image gallery can be found after the jump. There is also a special compilation video of the Evora released by Lotus.

GALLERY: Lotus Evora Malaysian Launch
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VIDEO: Lotus Evora Compilation Video