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Here’s a full live gallery of the Lotus Evora 400 for a better look at the new entry. Launched late last month by Lotus Cars Malaysia, the Evora 400 is the performance flagship of the Malaysian-owned British sportscar maker.

Unveiled at Geneva 2015 by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the Evora 400 is not your regular lightweight, spartan Lotus, but one with supercar performance. It’s based on the Evora, but over two thirds of the 400 is new, including a new aluminium chassis incorporating a fresh interior, and a lightweight composite body that has been changed significantly both at the front and rear. It also gets goodies like 370 mm composite two piece brake discs from AP Racing and a limited slip differential.

The ‘400’ in the name is a nod to the 400 hp and 410 Nm produced by the charged 3.5 litre V6 engine, which is a Toyota-derived motor with an Edelbrock supercharger and a new charge cooler. It laps the Lotus test track at Hethel six seconds faster than the Evora S, does the 0-100 km/h benchmark sprint in 4.2 seconds and has a max speed of 300 km/h.

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To compare, Porsche’s hardcore Cayman GT4, with a 911-derived 3.8 litre NA flat-six, pushes out 385 hp and 420 Nm. The manual-only flagship Cayman is beaten by the Evora 400 in the 0-100 km/h sprint and top speed, at 4.4 seconds and 295 km/h.

The Evora 400 is available as a manual or auto, and with several option packs in Malaysia. 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. The unit here is a top-spec auto.

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