Launched just minutes ago, the Proton Satria Neo R3 Lotus Edition is the latest variant to roll out of the carmakers tuning arm, R3. Based on the Satria Neo, the car come with the CPS engine, tweaked to
produce 145hp, 20hp more than the normal CPS variant.
True to Lotuss principals, the cars weight have been reduced to aid performance, FRP side panels with carbon fiber hood and other lightened parts makes the car 100kg lighter then the CPS variant also.
Suspension upgrade was done with the installation of Ohlin suspension set and the front brake system have been replaced with four pot calipers and a bigger and slotted disc from AP Racing.
Only 25 will be produced in conjunction with Proton's 25th anniversary. We had a sneak preview of the car at the Proton test track; so get your copy of CBT this weekend for more details.
Say hello to the ARTIGA Concept, which Proton -- or rather, Youngman -- has
unveiled at Auto Shanghai. It's another Satria Neo-based offering the
company says is a study on the future of the hot hatch for Proton, one
inspired by its participation in motorsports, but taken to a new level.
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PROTON SATRIA NEO R3 1.6L
There's no change in the power output of the Satria Neo R3, which is the
first R3 model to be built on a production line (incidentally, the hatch is
now assembled in Shah Alam); the CPS unit delivers the stock 125 hp at
6,500 rpm and 150 Nm at 4,500 rpm. The suspension has also been left
untouched. What it does get is a R3 Design front splitter/lips and rear
spoiler, with titanium-coloured side protector mouldings. It also wears R3
Design six-spoke 16-inch alloys, finished in a gunmetal shade, wrapped with
195/50 profile Continental MC5 rubbers. All-round R3 badging completes the
Inside, the edition gets R3 leather upholstery for the seats, as well as R3
floor mats and a double-DIN multimedia player with navigation. No
red-themed contrast accents here -- the interior is pretty much stock,
aside from the upholstery. Safety kit is made up of dual airbags and ABS
with EBD. Unlike the R3 Satria Neo, which came only in a Fire Red exterior
shade with a black painted roof, the Satria Neo R3 is available in three
colours, these being Tranquility Black, Fire Red and GTi Silver.The Satria
Neo R3 Executive Line MT manual rolls in at RM61,250, with the Executive
Line AT version going for RM64,250. Optional R3 upgrades performance
upgrades abound, and at promotional prices until the end of the year --
there's a R3 Satria Neo ECU upgrade and full Exhaust system (RM2,841), R3 belt and aluminium
pulley (RM315) as well as a R3 lowering spring/suspension set (RM541).
Styling items include shoulder line and grille stripe decals (RM140), as
seen on the launch examples. For bookings and registrations made by
December 31, 2012, the signature R3 side stripe and front grille decal will
be included free. There was also a particular Satria Neo R3 example
finished in yellow, replete with S2000 side decals to mimic the rally car.
As was told, the colour isn't on the palette, so you can't get one yet, but
the company is mulling over including it in the shade lineup.