Limited Edition Proton’s are highly sought after once sufficient time has passed. Things like the Wira Aeroback special edition, Wira ‘Tiang Gol’ and of course, the elusive Proton ‘Knight’ are the stuff of dreams for enthusiasts today. Which is why when Proton launches the Iriz and Saga in R3 Limited Edition Trim, we pay attention. Lets check out what you’re getting for your cash.
What are you getting?
First things first, these are strictly cosmetic upgrades. You do not get performance enhancements in the engine or reworked dampers. We would be lying if we said we were not slightly disappointed. Having said that these are lovely cars to drive, and a little bit of cosmetic rework from R3 is not going to hurt at all
Raced Up exterior
Both cars get a black and yellow paint scheme, with the numbers 83 on the Iriz and 82 on the Saga. Those are the actual numbers on the R3 race cars that won the Malaysian Champion Series and Sepang 1000km races in 2019.
There are extra front and side skirts too, which gives both cars a very racy feel. These cars get gunmetal alloys which are 15 inch for the Saga and 16 inch for the Iriz.
That should add to the sporty feel and the amazing handling both cars already possess. You can check out our full review of the Iriz here, where Karamjit Singh pushed it on the notorious Kuala Kelawang mountain pass!
On the inside
The black and yellow accents continue on the inside. The instrument cluster, the steering wheel, dash and seats all feature yellow accents.
The carpets are also in special R3 items, which is also finished in the signature yellow and black trim. Our favorite piece of the interior is that R3 emblem stuck on the dashboard. That’s as official as it gets!
Is it worth it?
The Saga R3 Special Edition is priced at RM 42,800 and the Iriz R3 Special Edition is priced at RM53,700. Both cars are priced at RM3000 more over the next highest spec. Which can work out as low as RM30 per month in additional installments, with the same down payment.
If you are already going for the top spec Saga or Iriz, and you prefer your cars to come in a more sporting tune, these cars are worth it. Plus its a piece of Protons motorsports history preserved in your daily commuter. Until the actual performance orientated R3 upgrade comes along….