REVIEW: 2011 PROTON Satria Neo R3 – The Boy Racer's Delight (RM79,797 OTR)

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REVIEW: 2011 PROTON Satria Neo R3 #8211; The Boy Racer#8217;s Delight (RM79,797 OTR)

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If you can remember the Satria Neo R3 Lotus Racing Edition (LRE). you#8217;d have gotten the idea of how racy, raunchy and delectable it was out on tight roads, with its 1.6L 4-cylinder CPS engine given a little extra something to keep you wanting more.

Although the Satria Neo R3 has lost some of its aesthetic aggressiveness compared to the likes of the LRE, in fact, it has also lost its light weight carbon fibre bonnet, AP Racing brakes, Öhlins adjustable suspension and those lightweight BBS look-alike rims. But, thankfully it hasn#8217;t lost its potency in terms of performance.

The interior is undoubtedly rough and unrefined, ditching the Lotus green for a more spicy red, its smoothness lost with the seating position rather higher up than usual. Because of the semi-bucket seats being used, both front passenger and driver will be seated higher, so the R3 crew has had the foam in the driver#8217;s seat shaven down in order to afford additional head room for more lanky drivers.

However, rather than the standard single-DIN Blaupunkt (direct translation: Blue Dot) headunit, Proton has opted for for a double-DIN 7#8243; touch screen headunit that#8217;s got MapKing PRO GPS maps installed for your travelling convenience. Ontop of that, you#8217;ve got options to play your tunes via your iPod/iPhone, an SD Card or via USB. Bluetooth pairing to your phone come as standard.

Other than having the steering wheel#8217;s wraps changed to Alcantara, the Nappa leather seats thankfully remains in this particular R3, which has been nothing but helpful during our winding impression. The handling department has managed to keep the R3 well-planted and wonderfully neutral, without having too much understeer that the rear actually has a chance to step out and play as well, but only just enough to help the car turn a little more into the corner should you need it.

Sure you#8217;ve lost a few weight-saving items as compared to the lighter Lotus Edition, but this particular R3#8242;s weight hasn#8217;t strayed that far south from its initial birth weight of 1,180kg. But, with 145bhp, that#8217;s about almost 14% more power than your usual 1.6L CamPro CPS engine, and an improved torque of 168Nm, the R3 is still capable of feeling extremely neutral in the handling department, which makes us question if the LRE#8217;s Öhlins adjustable suspension (estimated RM10k retail price tag) was necessary. Century sprints were reached in about 10 seconds, and we even managed to reach 200kmh.

But all this performance does come with a price, a fuel economy price to be exact. Travelling at speeds in excess of 200kmh as if it were a daily routine will definitely get you places, where gas stations will begin to recognize you and probably begin to pre-authorize a specific pump that comes with credit terms. Yes, definitely a pipe dream, but one can always dream.

Given the opportunity to categorize this R3, it#8217;d be in the bi-polar section; along with the LRE. Just to give it some form of human character, if you could, imagine this hot-hatch at a party consuming copious amounts of petroleum beverages whilst being overly boisterous. Yet, it can even seem civilised, well-behaved and properly seated at a black-tie event sipping away on some #8220;Dom Pérignon  Petroleum#8221;.

In short, you really need to decide how you#8217;re going to manage the yield of mileage from your 55L fuel tank. To stretch it or to #8220;chug#8221; it? Whatever the choice yours may be, it goes without doubt we#8217;ll be chugging it, because it#8217;s just that much fun that you#8217;ll be spending all your free time appreciating Ulu Yam #8211; for its scenery of course.

But if you#8217;re more for aesthetics then this should please you:

According to Proton, these packages can be added onto your car loan for new car buyers, so for more information regarding the above packages, click here .

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