FIRST DRIVE: PROTON Satria Neo R3 Lotus Racing
There was a torrential downpour the evening that Ignition.my had the
opportunity to test drive the recently launched Proton Satria Neo R3 Lotus
Racing. Launched in conjunction with Lotus' return to Formula 1 this year,
it really is a very special and very limited edition of only 25 cars. It's
a brilliant car, what a performance Proton Satria Neo should be: good
spread of power and strong acceleration, fun handling and strong brakes,
and aggressive race-refugee styling.
Proton Satria Neo R3 Lotus Racing Edition
BadBoyBen pays a visit to Proton's motorsport division - R3, to check out
the very limited edition R3 Lotus Racing Proton Satria Neo before it is
delivered to buyers and has a chat with head of R3 Tengku Djan Ley and
Suriaya Kumaran, R3's Project Manager.
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.
REVIEW: Satria Neo R3
The new Proton Satria Neo R3 at Bukit Putus and the Proton Test Track!
Driven in the only way it should be driven: HARD!!
Proton Satria Neo video road test
This is a sporty little hatchback with a lot going for it, not least its
looks and Lotus-tuned chassis which make it good fun to drive. Itâs well
equipped and the 1.6 litre engine has enough go in it to please the sort of
buyer it will attract
As you may know, Proton bought Lotus in 2003 which gave it access to some
of the worldâs finest chassis tuning engineers and the results shine
through in the Satria Neo. Show it a series of twisty bends and it will put
a grin on your face like few other hatchbacks. It handles very well indeed
yet also rides well, firm but nicely composed over bumps. Certainly the
chassis is the carâs strongest suit.
As the `neoâ part of the name suggests, this is a revised version of the
car and among the improvements has been a programme to make is more refined
and quieter on the road.
There is a choice of two engines, a 1.3 or 1.6 with the bigger one also
being available with the option of an automatic gearbox. I had the 1.6 and
itâs reasonably potent with 111 bhp
Still and all I did like the Proton. The styling works for me and it seems
for others too. At the front there is a distinctive headlamp shape which
Proton refers to as `tiger eyeâ projector lamps, the alloy wheels sit
under flared arches and at the back the Exhaust tailpipe pokes out in the middle of the
Quite a few people asked me what it was and seemed surprised when I said
The cabin is a little bit small and I found headroom to be quite restricted
but the car is well equipped. There is blue backlighting on the dials, an
MP3 compatible radio/CD and Bluetooth for hands-free mobiles. Air
conditioning comes as standard so it is not a bad package.
I spent a week with the car and couldnât help but like it, even while
wishing for a slightly nicer engine. The chassis and the handling are
excellent, it looks sporty and the equipment level is generous.
Proton Satria Neo
Car tested 1.6 GSX Â£9,595
0 to 60 11.5 seconds
Top speed 118 mph
Average fuel consumption 43 mpg
CO2 157 g/km
Insurance Group 7
Service intervals 12 months/9,000 miles.
Proton Satria Neo CPS test drive edited.wmv
The Proton Satria Neo CPS is the interim successor of the original,
Lotus-tuned Satria GTI. It is the only proper hot hatch priced below
RM100,000. It may not be perfect but it is certainly an entertaining car to
drive. We can't wait for Proton's new turbocharged engines to find its way into the
In the meantime we will just have to enjoy the Neo CPS. Watch the video to
find out if it is a credible replacement to the highly respected Satri GTI
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Tengku Djan Drifting Random Stranger's Car @ Batu Kawan
Tengku Djan Ley was one of the driving instructors at the Bridgestone
Potenza Driving School event which took place on the 4th of December, 2010
at Batu Kawan Stadium in Penang.
After the event was over, some random dude approached the Prince of Drift
and asked him if he could drift a few rounds with his car.
Tengku Djan, being the super nice guy that he is, obliged and took the
guy's crispy clean AE86 Trueno out for a spin, with the car owner riding
After that, the two of them switched seats so the Prince could give the boy
some drifting tips.
Proton Satria Neo CPS - Speedworks Turbo Kit
Latest revised turbo Kit for the Satria
Neo CPS Auto with only 0.5 Bar Boost
power is immediate from as low as 1500 rpm. Maximum Power gained - + 44.1
BHP (+ 38.7%) / + 81.5 NM Torque (+ 64.6%). Complete Kit with all new
parts; Garrett Water-coooled turbo, Big
Intercooler, K&N Open Pod,
Full Hot Bits Exhaust System, BOV, new
350 cc x 4 Injectors, SS ECU, fitted and Tuned for only RM9,000! Car also
fitted with Hot Bits Life-time Serviceable DT1 Canister Coil-over shocks at
RM2,800, AXT Brakes and Pads RM2,000.
Proton Satria Neo R3
Interview with Tengku Djan Ley on the newly launched Proton Satria Neo R3.
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Proton Satria Neo R3 Lotus Racing Edition
Proton Satria Neo R3 Lotus Racing edition with Tuned 1.6 Campro CPS engine
by Race Rally Research (R3) Protons tuning division uncovered. With
upgrades about RM60,000 of equipments and tuning from a standard Proton
Satria Neo CPS, this mean machine receive a 145 bhp and 168 Nm of torque
from a 1.6 engine. Judging by this figure, it is impressive.
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My new baby! The Satria Neo CPS R3
The standard Satria Neo wasn't really much of a looker to be honest. But
when Proton finally introduced the CPS (mini little V-tec system) to the
Cam-Pro powered Satria Neo, it finally caught my eye. I dreamt about the
car for a whole 3 years. Till one day in the end of 2012, Proton had
announced the last batch of Satria Neo CPS but this time in the R3 package.
3 years of waiting finally worth.
Till now, I never regretted in getting the car.
Credits to Astromance for the awesome music used in this video :
Music : Humble (Original Mix) by Astromance