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Proton today officially introduced the Proton R3 Satria Neo. Built by the company’s Motorsports Division under the Race, Rally, Research (R3) brand name, the car is distinctively recognizable by its striking Fire Red exterior with a black painted roof. The car was mentioned in an earlier report, but it looks like it’s now ready to roll.

The car runs the tried and tested 1600cc Campro CPS engine, with the R3 boys upgrading its performance, with the addition of Stage 2 performance upgrades increasing power from the standard 125 bhp and 150 Nm of torque to 145 bhp at 7,000 rpm and 168 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm. The block is coupled to a close ratio five-speed manual transmission.

The R3 Satria Neo’s promise of an exhilarating drive is further conveyed by its all-round CPS bodykit – an R3 designed rear roof spoiler, a front lip for improved down force, titanium coloured side strips and a more muscular stance as the result of a 10 mm drop in ride height.

The R3 engineers also made significant enhancements to ride and handling, with the use of specially-designed R3 performance springs for reduced body roll, recalibrated alignment, toe and camber settings for more grip and steering precision, and R3 edition 16-inch gunmetal lightweight alloys wrapped in softer compound Bridgestone Potenza RE001R 205/45 series profile tyres for better traction.

Inside, the R3 Satria Neo features a sporty, yet classy and alluring matte red and black two-tone interior, and R3 limited edition front bucket seats wrapped in nappa leather with ‘Trivel’ finish, carbon effect PVC and red stitching replaces the standard seats. There’s also matte red dashboard trims, gear console and handbrake handle, as well as two-tone door trim, R3 floor carpets, aluminium foot pedals/gear knob and an engine stop/start button.

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Elsewhere, high performance brake pads, dual front airbags and ABS with EBD also get thrown in for good measure. The car also comes fitted with Ecotint solar and security film and a two-DIN audio head unit with 3D GPS navigation.

The R3 Satria Neo is priced at RM79,797 on-the-road inclusive of road tax and insurance, and can be viewed at Proton Edar’s Crystal showroom at the Proton Centre of Excellence, Shah Alam and any of the three Platinum showrooms located at Mutiara Damansara, Juru and Plentong.

Bookings can be made immediately at any of Proton Edar’s 23 sales branches throughout Peninsular Malaysia with a fee of RM2,000 and purchasers can expect the car delivered to them within four weeks of obtaining loan approval.

More hi-res studio shots after the jump.

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