Just over a year after its international debut, the Lotus Evora Sport 410 has finally been launched in Malaysia. Hethel’s largest model has been given numerous updates to reduce weight and provide a slight increase in power, in a quest to further improve the car’s performance.

Pricing starts at RM640,999 for the manual model and RM651,999 for the automatic; these figures are without registration fees, road tax or insurance. That makes this between RM41,000 and RM43,000 more expensive than the Evora 400, which retails at RM597,999 for the manual and RM610,999 for the auto.

So what do you get for that extra dosh? Well, for one you get heaps of carbon fibre, which graces the front splitter, roof panel, rear quarter light panels (replacing the rear side windows), rear diffuser, front access panel and wing mirror caps.

The carbon fibre tailgate is also new, combining the previous unit’s five separate elements into a single panel, jettisoning the rear glass for slats in the process. With these improvements, downforce has been raised some 15% without any increase in drag.

Inside, the infotainment system, speakers, door arm rests, stowage pockets and rear seats have been deleted; a touchscreen infotainment system with iPod and Bluetooth connectivity as well as speakers can be added back on for RM10,492. Also introduced are one-piece Alcantara-trimmed door panels – the material can also be found on the carbon fibre sports seats, along with the steering wheel and centre console.

Other weight-saving features include the addition of ten-spoke forged alloy wheels (with optional Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres). Altogether, the changes result in a weight saving of 70 kg, with the manual variant weighing in at 1,325 kg and the automatic tipping the scales at 1,337 kg.

Under the skin, the suspension has been retuned to account for the lower weight, with improved geometry and revised damping, along with a ride height that’s been lowered by five millimetres compared to the Evora 400. This is claimed to provide sharper handling and improved body and roll control without sacrificing ride comfort and composure. There’s also a Torsen limited slip differential on the manual model.

As with the Evora 400, the Sport 410 gets motive power from a Toyota-derived 3.5 litre supercharged V6, but improvements derived from the 3-Eleven has, as its name suggests, raised outputs by 10 hp to 410 hp at 7,000 rpm and 410 Nm at 3,500 rpm.

Buyers get a choice of six-speed automatic and manual gearboxes; the latter gets a low-inertia flywheel for faster changes. Performance figures include a 0-100 km/h time of 4.1 seconds with the automatic and 4.2 seconds with the manual, as well as a top speed of 285 km/h with the auto and 305 km/h with the manual. Acceleration and top speed figures are 0.1 seconds quicker and 5 km/h up on the Evora 400 respectively.

Options include a RM28,862 titanium exhaust system, a RM1,315 sound insulation pack, a RM1,575 full Alcantara steering wheel and a RM2,622 interior colour pack in either red, yellow, silver or orange. Cruise control and mud flaps can also be added for RM1,575 and RM788 respectively.