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Dropping by Lotus Cars Malaysia’s (LCM) flagship showroom in PJ today brought about a few surprises. The Lotus Elise 220 Cup, recently open for booking from April 2015, is now here in Malaysia, ready for delivery.

It’s essentially a road-legal version of the track-only Elise Cup R, sitting above the Elise S Club Racer, Sport and Touring in LCM’s range. Prices start at RM316,127 (on-the-road without insurance), going up to RM346,127 if you spec it up with the optional Performance Induction Kit and ultra-lightweight forged wheels with semi-slick Yokohama A048 tyres (as pictured here).

Lotus says it’s up to three seconds faster than the standard Elise S model around the Hethel test track. And that’s with the same mid-mounted supercharged 1.8 litre VVT-i four-cylinder engine with 217 hp (220 PS) at 6,800 rpm and 250 Nm of torque at 4,600 rpm. The 952 kg-Elise 220 Cup rockets from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds through a six-speed manual transmission.

The aerodynamic additions, all specific to the Elise 220 Cup, definitely look the part. A new front splitter, lateral bargeboards, a fixed blacked-out roof, a large spoiler and a massive rear diffuser – all fully functional, of course – are unique to this hardcore variant. Bilstein dampers, Eibach coaxial coil springs, AP Racing two-pot front calipers and Brembo rear calipers are all standard too.

Another surprise at the showroom is the Lotus Exige S Automatic, which is now on sale in Malaysia from RM432,919 in Coupe guise, and RM435,919 as a Roadster (both prices before options). The six-speed auto Exige S gets a 3.5 litre supercharged V6 engine with 345 hp at 7,000 rpm and 400 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm, and shoots up to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds (4.0 for the Roadster).

The last treat is the Lotus Evora S Automatic. While this model has been around for a while now, the two display vehicles come fully decked-out with a big rear wing, suede-covered dashboard and black Recaro seats with red highlights. It’s all part of the run-out model line-up, we’re told, before the heavily upgraded Evora 400 comes about.

Despite the exterior and interior add-ons however, the run-out Evoras are priced the same as before – RM503,141 for the manual and RM514,141 for the auto. Using the same mechanical package as the Exige S, the heavier Evora gets to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds in manual form, or just 0.1 slower as an automatic.

Check out CarBase.my to see Lotus Cars Malaysia’s complete model range in full detail.

Lotus Elise 220 Cup


Lotus Exige S Automatic

Lotus Evora S Automatic