Lotus Evora 400 launch 1

The 2016 Lotus Evora 400 was launched today at the Lotus Cars Malaysia showroom on Jalan Damansara. Boasting a revised and revamped cockpit, and a retuned V6 engine, the mid-engined Evora 400 brings true supercar performance to the table.

Now pushed to 400 hp, giving the Evora its number tag, the 3.5 litre Toyota engine comes with an Edelbrock supercharger coupled with a new charge cooler that allows it to put out 410 Nm of torque. There is also a driver-activated catalytic convertor by-pass that turns the exhaust into a free-flow system.

Performance figures have taken a significant jump upward, with the Evora 400 now clocking 4.2 seconds to 100 km/h, and a power-to-weight ratio of 290 PS/1000 kg. There are visual changes to the Evora as well, with the front and rear redesigned and a spoiler that gives 32 kg of downforce at 165 km/h.

A revamped interior now offers greater comfort and luxury over the previous Evora, with three trim levels – standard, leather and Alcantara – on offer. Of note are the redesigned cockpit sills, which are now narrower and on level with the seats. This change was made after comments that the previous model’s high sills and low seat height made entry and egress difficult.

During a press conference, Tun Mahathir Mohamad said the outlook for Lotus in Malaysia has grown over the years, with the expectation of breaking even, or showing in a small profit in 2016.

Lotus Cars Malaysia will be bringing in several pre-optioned models, in both manual and automatic. The Base option has metallic and signature paint, cruise control and yellow or black brake calipers. Option One comes with the Base option plus the leather or Alcantra trim pack and the Black pack, with the roof, sills and mirror caps blacked out. Option Two sees the addition of gloss black 19-inch front and 20-inch rear forged 10-spoke wheels to the previous option package.

Prices for the 2016 Lotus Evora 400 are: manual transmission, Base – RM597,999, Option One – RM624,999, Option Two – RM640,999. With the automatic transmission, prices are: Base – RM610,999, Option One – RM637,999 and Option Two – RM653,999. Lotus Cars Malaysia is offering a discount to the first 30 purchasers of the 2016 Evora 400, with the base manual model going for RM539,999 and the base automatic at RM552,999.

Lotus Evora 400 official photos