24 January 2013

Proton Satria Neo R3 Review



Taking place at its Centre of Excellence in Shah Alam, Proton  has officially unveiled yet another edition of its Satria Neo hatchback in the form of the new Satria Neo R3. If the name sounds very familiar to you, you are right – this is not the first Satria Neo R3 that the national car maker has released into the market.



That being said, it is not anywhere identical to its predecessors. Unlike previous Satria Neo R3 releases such as the original 2008 Satria Neo R3, 2010 Satria Neo R3 Lotus Racing and 2011 Proton Satria Neo CPS R3 which were all factory tuned and fitted with extra performance parts, this particular version of Satria Neo R3 comes with a stock 1.6L Campro CPS engine that produces maximum horsepower of 125hp at 6,500 rpm and maximum torque of 150Nm at 4,500 rpm. The car’s suspensions remained stock as well.


However, it seems that more work was done to the car in terms of styling. The new Satria Neo R3 receives quite a number of R3 Design’s exterior parts such as front splitter, rear spoiler and a set of side protectors in titanium finishing as well as 16-inch R3 Design six-spoke alloy wheels. As for the car’s interior, it remains stock though with the exception of R3 Design leather upholstery for the seats and R3 Design floor mats


Available in the market right away, the new Proton Satria Neo R3 is priced at RM 61,250 for manual transmission and RM 64,250 for automatic transmission. Customers are able to choose from four different colorways: Fire Red, GTi Silver (homage to the Proton Satria GTi), Tranquillity Black and Canary Yellow which is the colour of Satria Neo S2000 rally cars.

Meanwhile, the R3 division have readied several performance packages that are designed specifically for the new Satria Neo R3 such as R3 ECU and full exhaust system upgrade, R3 belt and aluminium pulley as well as R3 lowering spring set for customers that plans to enhance the car’s driving experience. In conjunction with the launch, R3 is offering the parts with discounts of up to 35-percent.

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