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.
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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.
Peugeot 206 GTi vs Proton Lotus GTi - With Richard Hammond
Richard Hammond compares two hot-hatches - the up market Peugeot 206 GTi,
and on the lower end of the budget - the Proton Lotus GTi. He tests both
car's performance and handling and weighs up both of their pro's and con's
to see if price makes a big difference when it comes to performance.
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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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.
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