Subang Jaya, 8 February 2011 – Built by enthusiasts for enthusiasts, and injected a bigger dose of high performance into its products, national car manufacturer Proton Holdings Berhad today unveiled for sale a limited number of Proton R3 Satria Neo hot hatches.
Engineered for a more spirited drive by engineers from Proton’s Motorsports Division, the R3 Satria Neo features Stage 2 upgrades to the standard 1.6-litre Campro S4PH engine and is rated at 145 brake horse power at 7000 rpm and 168 Nm of torque at 5000 rpm.
Available only with a close ratio 5-speed manual transmission, the R3 Satria Neo sports re-profiled camshafts that increases valve lift and overlap; a performance calibrated on board computer with revised fuel maps for spirited drives; a carbon fibre air intake system; a higher flow 4-2-1 performance exhaust system; and adjustable aluminium camshaft pulley.
Weighing in at 1,200kg, ride and handling has also been enhanced further to cope with the R3 Satria Neo’s personality. R3 performance springs drops the car 10mm lower to reduce body roll, and recalibrated alignment, toe and camber settings increases grip and steering precision. Complementing the overall handling and dynamic package, the R3 Satria Neo is fitted with R3 edition 16” inch gunmetal lightweight alloys wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza RE001R 205/45 series profile tyres that have a softer compound. The R3 Satria Neo is also factory fitted with high performance brake pads capable of withstanding high-temperatures of up to 500 degree Celsius for increased fade resistance often associated with constant heavy braking.
“The R3 Satria Neo is an extension of Proton’s involvement and experience in motorsports which will see a new generation of selected showroom models being injected with greater dynamic elements and excitement, mainly in catering to a niche segment of customers and enthusiasts who desire vehicles that are purpose-built for performance,” said Proton Holdings Berhad Group Managing Director Dato’ Haji Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir
Offered only in exclusive Fire Red with a black painted roof, the R3 Satria Neo sports a very distinctive exterior styling which sets it apart from its predecessors. The all-round CPS bodykit is complemented by a redesigned R3 designed rear roof spoiler; a front lip which improves down force on the front axle and reduces undercarriage turbulence; prominent fender arches; and titanium coloured side strips or mouldings.
The fiery theme extends to create a sporty, classy and alluring matte red and black two-tone interior. The R3 Satria Neo also comes fitted with R3 limited edition front bucket seats wrapped in nappa leather with micro fiber finish, carbon effect PVC and detailed in red stitching; matte red dashboard trims, gear console and handbrake handle; two-tone door trims; and R3 floor carpets. An engine start button, aluminium foot pedals and gear knob accentuates the R3 Satria Neo’s performance-driven attitude. All cars also come with solar and security protection. The car is also fitted with a 2-DIN audio head unit with 3D GPS navigation. Safety features include dual front airbags, and anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD).
The R3 Satria Neo is priced at RM79,797 (MT Metallic) and is available for immediate booking at all PROTON Edar showrooms in Peninsular Malaysia. Booking fee is RM2,000 and lucky early birds will be invited to the launch event and get photographed with our very own star drivers, Tengku Djan Ley and Faidzil Alang, both of whom are attached to the Motorsports Division of Proton.