Sunday, March 10, 2013
My new Ride. A quick and simple photoshoot.
I love my ride. I really do. I love the fact that this is a Malaysian car with some Lotus Tech in it. It's no Porsche that I always dream of. It's no BMW, Mercedes, Mazda, Nissan or even the Toyota 86. It's a PROTON! The Satria Neo R3 had caught my attention since 2009. After 3 batches, I finally got one!
Why not have a photoshoot of it? It's a nice car that not many people will see. Even if it's a Proton, I doubt some of you never see this specific model on the road.
This Neo R3 has the striking look. The curves, the rims, the laser-guided concept of a wild car. It has that feeling of wildness. Every time you wake up, you open the curtains and you see the car, it never fails to amaze you. For a brand that's stitched with infamous reputation, it redeems itself with this.
It comes with 125hp standard. 145hp if you have stage 3 pulley and 4-2-1 exhaust by R3 set. 185hp minimum if you have the R3 supercharger installed. 200hp if you have R3 to mod the hell out of this while retaining the road legel status. It's the FF equivalent of the Toyota 86. It's not fast, it's not particular striking compare to other hot hatchbacks or supercars, but when you drive it, your mind will change. I had this come with a manual gear stick. The heck I will get this in auto. No way, no how.
I'll start off with the rims. It's designed and manufactured by R3. But, it also looks like the same rim design as what you see on the GT-R R35. With the Gun Metal Grey color designed to allow brake dust to blend it the looks, it's just cool. 16" Alloy rims by standard, this is something you don't always get from Proton.
Even the local pet dogs got attracted to it.
The body is particularly striking when you observe carefully. There's a splitter installed by standard. The function of the splitter is to create more aerodynamic as you drive faster. But for a car that you barely go don't even go past 180km/h on the streets of Kota Kinabalu and Miri, it's just pointless. It's functional but not much. The fog lamps and the bumper that was designed from the Satria Neo CPS gave it an ultra improved looks over the standard Satria Neo. With projector headlamps as standard as well, you can see how modernized and improved Proton is today (also thanks to Lotus).
One particular part of the car that made it very striking is the wheel flare arches. It's riveted wheel flare arches to be exact. Inspired by the Lotus Designed Satria GTi, the Neo R3 has inherited it's looks. Brings back a memory homage to the great and legendary Satria GTi.
Inside, there was nothing much technology geek about it. It comes with this Blaunkput LCD monitor audio system with bluetooth connectivity for your iPhone and that's it. There's no other fancy gizmos you get in a supercar. A hot hatch with nothing but the parts that makes it opperate in driving.
In the end, the Satria Neo R3 is a hot hatchback that is designed to be driven. It's not a supercar. It's not a car with fancy gizmos. It's not a car for many people to be in it. It's also not a car that saves fuel admittedly. BUT it's a car that brings you a smile when you put the hammer down by driving it.