Developed by Proton's special vehicles and motorsport arm - Race, Rally, and Research - the R3 Satria combines a distinct and aggressive aerokit with trademark suspension improvements derived from Lotus engineering.
Proton is yet to disclose the power output or even the type of powertrain which will be used in the R3 Satria, however expect a significant increase over the Campro 1.6-litre engine currently used in the standard Satria.
"While we can't reveal too many details at this time, Satria GTi enthusiasts can rest easy in the knowledge that a performance version of the new Satria is not too far away and the R3 Satria is evidence of that," Proton Cars Australia managing director John Startari.
Alongside the R3 Satria, Proton's new four-door Persona sedan also made its Australian debut at the Melbourne Motor Show.
The Persona offers universal appeal as a practical and affordable entry-level four-door sedan, perfect for first car buyers or new families.
Producing maximum power of 82kW at 6000rpm and 148Nm, the Persona delivers stunning fuel economy, using just 4.5ltr/100km on the highway cycle for the manual transmission.
Active and passive safety features include ABS, EBD, as well as passenger and driver SRS airbags, combined with four-wheel disc brakes and agile handling.
Combined with a spacious 430-litre boot capacity, the Persona is a highly practical and affordable new family car.