The original Proton Satria GTi and limited-edition R3 hot-hatches have acquired a small cult-following around the world largely due to their aggressive styling and competent track day capabilities.
The next generation is expected to bypass the GTi insignia in favour of the more potent R3 branding, which stands for Race, Rally, and Research.
Led by former Lotus engineer and race driver Tengku Djan Ley, development of the R3 has included a new aggressive aerokit, sports suspension and a high performance powerplant.
Previous generations used a lackluster Mitsubishi-sourced 1.8-litre naturally aspirated powerplant, which produced less than stunning performance. Owners keen to capitalize on the foundations of the GTi and R3 have been known to transplant the powertrain from an Evolution which has yielded more than impressive results.
As the hot-hatch becomes a more popular choice for new-car buyers, the R3 Satria is set to become Proton's savior. Here's hoping they take the namesake seriously and produce a car worthy of hot-hatch status.