The folks at Proton have certainly been busy this past week, with the launch of the turbocharged Exora Bold undoubtedly taking all the focus and time. So much so, the handover of the second vehicle that underwent the My Proton Makeover programme came and went quietly. Unlike the first one, there was no press event to shout the return of Sashideran Radha Krishnan’s 17-year-old Proton Wira back to him, which took place last Wednesday.
We’d asked for photos of the occasion, but amidst all the Exora Bold-related flurry of activity, they never arrived. But not to worry – we’ve managed to get some photos of the handover, courtesy of Proton’s Facebook page.
We caught the car in its final stages of prep the week before, and to recap, the original white of the car has been replaced with a metallic blue shade, which Proton motorsports division head honcho Tengku Djan Ley says was chosen to best complement the matte silver wheels picked for the car.
There’s a new rear wing, which the car never had, and the front bumper has a lip taken from a Satria, and highlighted in silver. The Wira also features a lowered ride, courtesy of a new APM suspension specified by the R3 boys. The car had a brown interior, but after the rework is now in black, with leather featuring prominently, on the dashboard, seats and door cards, highlighted by blue stitching.
The Wira gets a Momo steering wheel, and the centre console panel, instrument panel trim and new gearshift console cover (taken from the Satria GTI) is finished in the same shade as the external colour. From the photo of the alloy wheel, it looks like the idea of changing the 1.5′s rear drums to discs didn’t come to be.
We’re sure that Sashideran must have been absolutely chuffed to get back NAK 59, his ‘darling Wira’ all spruced up. So, on to the next makeover recipient, which should be announced soon enough. Stay tuned!