Last month, we showed you the Suprima X, a crossover design based on the Proton Suprima S. Now we bring you the Suprima R, another creation by local designer Saharudin Busri under the national research and development centre for information and communication technology MIMOS.

Unlike the Suprima X, which presented a more rugged, lifestyle-oriented styling direction for the C-segment hatch, the Suprima R is a more straightforward hot hatch proposal with a sportier, more aggressive design compared to the standard model.

As before, Saharudin used the Suprima S as a base because of its unique design compared to other models in Proton’s lineup. “For me, in terms of design, the Suprima S has a more sophisticated look. From there, there are plenty of touches that can be applied to make the design more attractive,” he said.

The Coventry University graduate is no stranger to Protons – in fact, he was a designer at the national carmaker from 2000 to 2007, producing designs for the Satria Neo and Saga BLM. He also did part-time work in the early stages of development of the latest Proton Perdana.

There are manifold reasons why MIMOS is revealing these designs now. “Among them is to showcase MIMOS’ capabilities in producing designs for the automotive industry, and we are also very interested in offering our expertise to the industry,” he said.

Moving forward, MIMOS intends to offer design consultancy as a service to the industry, instead of producing designs solely for research grants. After all, its industrial design department has designed everything from laptops to mobile phones, going so far as nabbing the Red Dot Award for design concepts in 2010 and even reaching as high as third in the Red Dot Design Ranking for design concepts in 2014.

Like the Suprima X, the Suprima R is not a new design, having existed in some form or another since 2015 – it has now been refined to the level that we see here in these pictures. The front fascia design is completely different from the Suprima S, with new headlights and a larger three-dimensional grille.

Lower down, the air intakes are more aggressive and get a tusk-like design reminiscent of newer Volvos; the LED daytime running lights have also been moved from the headlights to the bumper. Along the sides, there are deeper side sills and five-spoke alloy wheels, while the rear gets Prevé-style two-piece tail lights (joined together by a red bar), a larger rear diffuser and tailgate spoiler as well as twin trapezoidal tailpipes.

This is not the first hot hatch rendition of the Suprima S that we’ve seen – rendering wizard Theophilus Chin made one earlier, also called the Suprima R. So, what do you think of Saharudin’s effort? Should it become a reality as a production vehicle to be sold to the public? Could the design be improved? Sound off in the comments section after the jump.