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The first Lotus Evora 400 has rolled off the production line at the British carmaker’s facility in Hethel, Norfolk, England. The event was commemorated with the presence of several senior management officials as well as individuals from the manufacturing and engineering department.

“Today is a very significant stage in our long term plan, which we set-out more than a year ago. With the first Evora 400 coming off the line, we have achieved a key milestone for Lotus. None of this would be possible, of course, without the confidence and commitment of our workforce who, with great skill and talent, hand build every Lotus car at Hethel,” commented Lotus CEO, Jean-Marc Gales.

Revealed at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March, the Lotus Evora 400 is the marque’s fastest road-going vehicle ever built with two seats – the Lotus 3-Eleven (pictured below) will probably wipe the floor with it but you’ll be flying solo in that one. Under the bonnet is a supercharged 3.5 litre V6 engine with 400 hp and 410 Nm of torque, mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

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Performance figures include a 0-100 km/h time of only 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 300 km/h. In true Lotus fashion, it is in the twisty stuff that the Evora 400 really shows its potential – it lapped Lotus’ Hethel test circuit a full six seconds quicker than its predecessor, the Evora S.

The first batch of European customer cars have been slated to be delivered by August this year. Customers based in China and the US will receive theirs in early 2016 as 2017 model year units. The Lotus Evora 400 is priced from £72,000 (RM424,894).