The first Lotus Evora 400s destined for customers have driven off the assembly line and are soon to arrive at dealerships across the UK and mainland Europe. The occasion was marked by a small celebration with proud members of the engineering and manufacturing team at Hethel, who are responsible for hand-building Lotus’ fastest production car to date.

“The Evora 400 has already received admiration and critical acclaim from media around the world, praising its performance, handling and design. In September and October, Lotus dealers throughout the UK and mainland Europe will be receiving their demonstrator and customers cars, so now is the opportunity for drivers to get behind the wheel and experience the Evora 400,” said Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus.

Over two thirds of the Evora 400 is new, including its supercharged mid-mounted 3.5 litre V6 engine with 400 hp and 410 Nm of torque. Weighing just 1,395 kg, (42 kg lighter than the Evora S), it’s capable of 0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds and a 300 km/h top speed.

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The car gets reworked muffler internals and new engine mounts, and the six-speed manual ‘box now has a new low inertia flywheel and a reworked clutch disc for better shift quality, and a Torsen-type LSD has been plonked on as well. 370 mm composite two-piece brake discs from AP Racing stop the fast Brit.

In the UK, the Evora 400 is priced at £72,000 (RM470,813 at today’s rate, before Malaysian taxes), which seems like a lot of money for an Evora, especially when a Porsche Cayman S starts from below £50k there.

However, the Evora 400 is more of a rival to the hardcore Cayman GT4, which has a 911-derived 3.8 litre flat-six (manual only), 385 hp, 420 Nm and a £64,451 price tag. It’s not yet on sale here, the GT4, but the 340 hp Cayman GTS from a rung below starts from RM700k. How much will the Evora 400 cost in Malaysia?

Lotus Cars Malaysia has hinted at an October 2015 introduction for the Evora 400, which means that we will get it before left-hand drive markets North America and China, which will receive the Evora 400 in early 2016.