Rendering – Proton Iriz R3 vies to become a hot hatchback
Nithyanandh K, As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!
A hot hatchback alter ego of the Iriz.
Following the successful launch of its first global model, the Proton Iriz, the Malaysian automaker would be exploring possibilities of additional variants and derivatives. Here is a speculative rendering of what the Proton Iriz R3 hot hatch variant would look like if the company decides to build one.
For starters, R3 which stands for Race, Rally, and Research is Proton’s motorsport division. The rendering created by Theophilus Chin portrays a performance hatchback finished in R3’s trademark ‘Fire Red’.
The slit of a grille with R3 badging, combined with a revised headlamp detailing, an aggressive front bumper with vertical air intakes highlighted by LED DRLs and an inverted trapezoidal secondary airdam, underlines the sporty intentions of the hatchback.
The profile gets black ORVMs, bigger side moulding and exclusive alloy wheels while the rear is accessorized with a purposeful roof-mounted black spoiler, a black diffuser with a central exhaust tip and vertical bumper reflectors. A black and red treatment for the interior would go well the exterior elements.
If at all Proton decides to pursue the idea of Iriz R3, a turbocharged petrol motor would be needed to achieve the expected level of performance.
It needs to be mentioned that the Proton Iriz R3 is nothing more than a wishful thinking by the audience, at least for now.
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[Rendering from Paultan.org]