Unheralded as the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show is to people from this part of the world, there are still a number of vehicles over there that are worth keeping tabs on. This year, what looked to be a facelifted Lotus Europa made its way to the KLIMS, but upon closer inspection, we discovered that this car was no Lotus.

Well, actually, it was, except that it has been rebadged by Malaysian automaker Proton and given the designation the Lekir Concept. Given the partnership between the two companies, it figures that with the expected end of the Europa’s production run in Europe, Lotus was looking for a new market for their sports car, a market that will welcome it with open arms, even if it has been rebadged under a local brand.

That’s where Proton and Malaysia enter the picture. Unlike the European spec Europa, which came with a Vauxhall-sourced 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produced over 200 horsepower, the Lekir Concept is scheduled to be powered by a 1.6-liter Campro engine with performance numbers that should be right on par with a naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter engine.

Since it’s a concept, details are being kept at a minimum for now. We’re pretty confident though that the car will eventually see the production line sometime soon. The Lotus Europa may have had a premature life span in Europe, but who’s to say that it won’t be successful in Malaysia – and other parts of Asia for that matter – disguised under a different brand and different name?

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Source: Paul Tan

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14 comments:

  (570) posted on 08.15.2011

It is the first creation of Proton right? What caught my attention are the wheels of the car because it is really unique compare to others. By the way, I wonder why is it filed under Asia. Will it be available in Asia only?

  (473) posted on 03.30.2011

It seems that Proton is producing a car once a year. BTW, the car looks good unlike to their prototype version. This one is really worth being in the production and I like the wheels! 

  (359) posted on 03.18.2011

Same here, I have a doubt about success of this car in the automaker. This rebadged edition doesn’t look like Lotus anyway. I’m afraid that this model would be pointless.

  (570) posted on 02.2.2011

I still think it needs a stacked boxer engine, on top of the gearbox, like the 512BB Ferrari... plus a 3-diff AWD drivetrain that would be possible with a gearbox that has line of sight to the rear tires, and to the front of the car, as well.

  (212) posted on 02.2.2011

I can even forgive the "puppy-dog eyes" treatment of the headlights, with the upper high point inboard, rather than outboard, on the headlight housings. It flows with the front fender blisters into the hood-line, so it can be forgiven.

  (798) posted on 12.9.2010

the car was originally thought to Malaysia and Proton before rebasculée at Lotus where she never found his place

  (460) posted on 12.9.2010

well just lekir is just like jebat, since when the Proton allowed to copy a sports car like Lotus and Mitsuhishi? the they already merge? it feels not right to re-badged a sports car like the Evo and Lotus.

  (434) posted on 12.8.2010

Renault Megane RS is a car that on the eve of his regarded as one of the best sports clubs in the world. Aftermarket tuning of all admitted Renault Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet RS holds change, not only because it is ready to be installed

  (702) posted on 12.8.2010

wow great looking car, I guess proton is taking up their car to the next level for them not to get left behind. also the rims look good on the black treated side skirts and vents.

  (648) posted on 12.7.2010

well I guess they don’t have much funds to hire a car designer, so instead of hiring why not copying it? hehehe well this is just my opinion thou.

  (407) posted on 12.7.2010

dang proton they copy too much from the greatest and well know auto makers, also the proposed jebat looks more like an Mitsubishi Evolution with a performance level of the MazdaSpeed3.

adrian  (90) posted on 12.7.2010

This looks like a freaking amazon poisonous frog smiley lool Aside that the specs sound decent, and I’m looking forward to see how it does on the track.

goony  (29) posted on 12.7.2010

nice sport’s car

goony  (29) posted on 12.7.2010

nice sport car

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