Proton car maker has unveiled new sport car concept, it’s 2010 Proton Lekir Concept at the 2010 Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show in Malaysia. This time, Proton looked into its own car bin and in particular, Lotus, which it acquired back in 1994, as the Lekir is essentially a rebagded Europa coupe.
In case you’re not Asian or completely unaware of Lotus’ products you should know that the completely new Proton Lekir Sports Concept, is actually nothing completely new.The Proton Lekir Concept is essentially a Lotus Europa with a Proton badge. It asks a very interesting question – could a more affordable Proton-badged Lotus Europe sell?
Word is that the Lotus Europa was supposed to be a Proton in the first place, and it was known as the Proton Sepang project, but along the way it was decided that it would be sold as a Lotus instead, and of course with that came along Lotus prices. The Europa was short-lived and the position of a more comfortable Lotus has been filled by the Lotus Evora.
The Proton Lekir Concept is essentially a Lotus Europa with a Proton badge. Proton Lekir unit is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter or 1.6 liter engine with 220-some ponies (167kW). automaker controlled by the state of Malaysia has not said whether it plans to relaunch Europe as a Proton rocket.
Seems like quite a shame to let the Europa go to waste – now imagine this, a Proton-badged Lotus Europa priced below RM150,000 and powered by the upcoming turbocharged Campro engine.