Proton Reveals R3 Satria Hot Hatch At Melbourne Motor Show

Proton R3 Satria
Proton R3 Satria

A Hint to Proton's Next Hot Hatch

Proton announced today that it will be unveiling the Proton R3 Satria at the Melbourne Motor Show this month, providing Australia a preview of its next-generation hot hatch. The R3 Satria is a product of Proton's own performance division called R3, with the help from the Malaysian automaker’s subsidiary company, Lotus. It comes in as the spiritual successor to the legendary Satria GTi, which was a popular hit down-under.

No technical details were announced, but Proton claims that this car will come with a high performance engine and an improved suspension system, in addition to some decent choices of special body enhancements.

Besides the R3 Satria, Proton will also be showing several other new cars which are meant for the Australian market. This would include the Persona sedan, Savvy city car, Gen 2 hatch, Satria Neo, and the infamous Jumbuck pick-up.

[UPDATE 18.02.2008 21:00 GMT: New press release containing technical details and specification added here]

Source: Proton via zerotohundred
Published Feb 18th, 2008 6:49pm By Raghuram Supramanium

Proton Gives A Hint To New Hot Hatch With R3 At Melbourne Motor Show

Proton will give Australia a sneak preview of its next generation hot hatch when it unveils the Proton R3 Satria at the Melbourne International Motor Show on February 29.

The R3 Satria has been developed by Proton's special vehicles and motorsport arm - R3, which stands for Race, Rally, and Research - at its headquarters in Shah Alam in Malaysia.

R3 is headed up by former Lotus engineer and prominent Malaysia race driver Tengku Djan Ley. The R3 Satria combines a range of special body enhancements as well as suspension development and a high performance power plant, to give the Satria Neo a true edge in the hot hatch arena.

At this stage the R3 Satria is still in development and no on sale date has been decided however the R3 division is working to bring the performance model to market as soon as possible.

While the type and configuration of the power plant can not be revealed at this stage R3 has targeted a significant power increase over the standard Proton Satria, which is powered by Proton's own Campro 1.6 litre twin cam multi-valve engine.

Alongside the R3 Satria at the Melbourne Motor Show media day will be Proton's new four-door Persona sedan, which will also be launched at the show.

According to Djan Ley the R3 Satria has been developed as a spiritual successor to the legendary Satria GTi, the first Proton to utilise the expertise and performance credentials of subsidiary company Lotus.

"We have very much focussed on the Lotus philosophy of performance through lightweight, utilising intelligent powerplant solutions while minimising weight and enhancing Satria's already impressive handling," said Djan.

"The Satria is a striking design and a great canvas for us to work with, I believe the R3 Satria will be a real hit at the show and draw a lot of attention," he added.

"However it is on the road where it will be really impressive but people will have to wait a little while before the R3 Satria hits the tarmac," he added.

Proton Cars Australia managing director John Startari said the presence of the R3 Satria on the Proton stand at Melbourne will be a huge drawcard during the fortnight of the show.

"The question we get asked all the time is when will the next Satria GTi be here, the first generation GTi carved a real niche for itself and it is a bit of a cult car, the R3 Satria certainly give some pointers to what its successor might look like," said John Startari.

"While we can't reveal too many details at this time Satria GTi enthusiasts can rest easy in the knowledge that a performance version of the new Satria is not too far away and the R3 Satria is evidence of that," he added.

As well as revealing the new Persona and R3 Satria, Proton will also show a full array of its Australian model line-up at Melbourne including the Savvy city car, Gen 2 hatch, Satria Neo and Jumbuck ute, recently named the cleanest and greenest ute in Australia by the Australian government Green Vehicle Guide.

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badrul987 badrul987
i am one of the Race Rally Research ethusias, driven the Proton Waja R3 #034. THEY HAD REDEFINED THE LIMIT!!
Jun 20th, 2008 2:16pm
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badrul987 badrul987
I had spoken with the proton rep a perth motorshow,the had confirmed that the Neo R3 for aussie release will be reengineered n turbocharged! selling at AUD28k. will be released by end 2008 to early 2009.
Jun 20th, 2008 2:12pm
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mafseko mafseko
wah mana boleh macam nie,many people in malaysia cannot see this car in local.very nice car from Proton malaysia. i'm waiting the next R3 car like Persona
Feb 19th, 2008 3:30am
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Bristol411S3 Bristol411S3
Hmm, some time ago Mike Kimberley, CEO is Lotus, expressed a wish to see Lotus back in to badging performance versions of "normal" cars, in the style of the Lotus Cortina and Omega/Carlton. It was widely believed that a cooking Proton would come along wearing Lotus badges. I wonder if the Satria was considered not good enough to wear the CABC badge...?
Feb 19th, 2008 12:31am
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joelynn joelynn
looks hot, put it in production right away.
Feb 19th, 2008 12:14am
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