Archive: Satria Neo CPS – A handsome devil

Published on October 10th, 2010

While it’s easy to justify what really is our favourite or not, we didn’t have a clear result while debating on the new Satria Neo CPS. Sure enough, almost every time the car is brought onto the dining table, we’d be listening to one side saying the car is perfect, while the other side will say that it doesn’t fit their physical attribute.

While many would probably know by now that the car is running on the new CPS (Cam Profile Switching) engine, which spurts out 125hp at 6500rpm and 150Nm of torque at 4500rpm, we have to understand that this is a revised CamPro engine. To the motorheads out there, you’ll probably already know that it’ll take some hard revving to get the most out of the car.

The CPS engine will run on low cam profiling under 4400rpm and will switch to high cam profiling once the rev meter reaches 4400rpm. This will give a sudden boost of power. Because it runs on low cam profile at the lower range and only switches to high cam profiling late in the rev range, the driver will need to shift gears quite late to stay in the powerband. The engine will struggle a little to get back in the powerband if you were to hit, let say around 3500rpm, every when you shift gear.

It’ll be interesting to know whether the user can set the switch themselves, probably to a lower range, but it’ll defeat the purpose of having an economical engine in the first place.

Yes, the Neo CPS is an economical car. Because it runs only on low cam profiling at most of the time, the fuel needed is lesser. Obviously, more power means more fuel. So when the rev meter reaches 4400rpm and the high cam profiling kicks in, fuel usage will be increased.

While we can debate endlessly on the engine, it is important to note that the Neo CPS is tuned by Lotus. We have tested the car to its limit and, as expected with Lotus behind the glass, the car delivers to each and every one of our torments. This is one fun car.

If you’ve driven the Satria GTi, you’ll definitely remember how the car handles. Well, we can safely say that the car handles better than the Satria GTi, with more surprises on its wheels. While handling is a lot better, sadly we can’t say the same for the engine.

Apart from the handling, the engine, the new 16” alloys, the GTi spoiler, the rear diffuser and a few here and there other upgrades on the Neo CPS, it’s pretty much similar to the previous Neo. But having said that, the Neo CPS still deserve to be looked at and considered as the car’s performance, both in handling and power, is not similar at all to the normal Neo.

Now we’ve reached the deciding factor of the car.

Some drivers, such as me for instance, thought that driving the Neo is more fun than driving his father’s old car, but other people would beg to differ quite strongly. While we can hear comments like it’ll give headaches when driven because of the windshield, or the roof is too low, or too many blind spots, or the seats are uncomfortable, or the cheap-looking interior, or the size is a tad too small, or the left feet keep hitting the footrest, remember that the Neo in general is not aimed toward drivers reaching their fifties.

These comments came from both petite and huge drivers, but I’m not that small either. I do know others who drives a Neo and did so quite comfortably.

So where do the differences start?

Well, sadly it’ll go all the way back to preferences. You will need to sit in it, drive it around and feel the car for yourself before passing a judgment. Sure, the car might look nice, but it might not fit you. As for me, I enjoyed driving the Neo CPS and hoping to own it one day, preferably with a turbocharger or better still a supercharger sitting in the engine bay, 18” wheels slammed to scrap the tarmac, smoked lights and Clarion sound system brightening up my day.

More info on Proton Neo CPS website.

Virtual Mod

words: Syawal Ahmad  pix: Traffic Crew


  1. Posted by D on August 5th, 2009, 14:46

    shit car nevertheless.

  2. Posted by Traffic Mag on August 5th, 2009, 15:18

    Some of us agree. Syawal worships the car, though.

  3. Posted by Steel Charger on August 5th, 2009, 16:59

    I second D’s thoughts and opinions on the Neo…with the exception of the Neo R3 & the Neo S2000

  4. Posted by Bunker on August 8th, 2009, 05:51

    In truth, immediately i didn’t understand the essence. But after re-reading all at once became clear.

  5. Posted by glenn on October 23rd, 2009, 14:57

    I have 2 agree that it is a shitty car. proton’s QC has not changed much over the years even the new cars esp the gen2 and waja can u imagine a 2 year old car door handles breaking in the hand of a child. the campro is such a disappointment good power and torque figures on paper but in reality hampeh saje the myvi is more exciting to drive better acceleration instead and it has a 1.3L engine!!!. And if anybody thinks i’m talking bullshit my family and friends has owned almost every type of proton model except the Exora that’s why my money is on perodua better choice more excitement,QUALITY!!!!!, VALUE FOR MONEY!!! PROTON WAKE UP STOP THE RENT SEEKERS IN PROTON we were proud about you once not anymore too much low quality and high prices to pay the rent seekers in proton’s management ceo and md don’t even know their products properly and how they were developed remember the pesona the md say it took 2 to 3 years to develop so how long was it actually 2 or 3 years to stick an additional 10 inches to the backside or the gen 2

  6. Posted by yed on March 12th, 2010, 00:30

    i already own one… its awesome… :)

  7. Posted by zamil on March 18th, 2010, 09:19

    im getting 1 next week…heee

  8. Posted by Izzat on March 30th, 2010, 15:29

    I use satria neo cps for almost 7 months now.
    Its a good car. Smooth handling.
    A lot of excitement by driving it through the corners
    Its totally awesome guys :)

  9. Posted by vanguardz on May 1st, 2010, 17:41

    I just bought a neo cps early this month (April 2010) and I found that, there are a lot of damages at my car less than 24hours..really sux man..
    more than 7 damages I listed down and after the services…i’m still not satisfied with the I CARE(PROTON post services and complain department)

  10. Posted by Traffic Mag on May 3rd, 2010, 19:09

    Vanguardz – So what kind of damages?

  11. Posted by Suhan on May 11th, 2010, 10:50

    drivin one for almost a year… no much problem so far.. (touch wood la).. dah 27,000 ++ KM on the clock..

    last month i masuk Irridium sparks and K&N filter..

    no regret oo… :-)

    d pickup is alot beter (already good but now beter).. can feel extra power after 4200rpm.. then it drop bck after 4500rpl like dat haha..

    bt i still miss my proton saga 1.3 model 91′ :-(

    but when i bought the car got issue la.. had to change the gearbox mounting after 1week.. Proton service center bit lembab .. till i send an email to dato’ and all d management team.. within 2days they call me and ask 2 bring my car on the spot and they change.. muahah (need to be harsh with them 2 get things done.. if not it will never happen)

  12. Posted by Raymond on September 24th, 2010, 23:45

    I getting 1 satria neo on next week…heard a lot friend say that’s Good choice…
    I see the catalog…but feel that , it’s already couple..but why dont like other sport car~ the window can install as full glass, the door can design more longer like the europe sport car ..~ it’s look’s more sporty if design like that way!

  13. Posted by Syawal Ahmad on September 25th, 2010, 02:32

    If you think that, you should try to see it in four doors, coupe style Neo with the GTi wing. Sweet!

  14. Posted by ejoke on September 29th, 2010, 23:05

    loh…?really neo is shitty car?
    i`m already bk the cr la…

  15. Posted by White Knight on October 4th, 2010, 21:52

    My new “wife” Satria Neo CPS (MT)…just own 4 days. Superb ride & handling. Only 6 units in Labuan. Not bad for a car below 60K. I proud to be the man behind the wheel 😉 Yeahh!!!!

  16. Posted by Syawal Ahmad on October 4th, 2010, 23:17

    Glad to know you’re enjoying the CPS.

    Any plans to mod it? Because if you are, let us know!

  17. Posted by yed on October 12th, 2010, 21:10

    driving this car for almost 8 months and i’ve clocked 40k mileage.
    really fun to drive car especially in corners.
    i’ve been to sepang and johor track for some excitement, weekend’s touge at genting sempah/kuala kelawang/ulu yam…
    enjoying it for the time being. good car for a bachelor like me. :)

  18. Posted by Traffic Mag on October 12th, 2010, 22:15

    Anything you’ve done to the car? And if you want, do join us for the next touge session (which should be soon) :)

  19. Posted by Izlan on October 17th, 2010, 01:35


    Please suggest.. Manual or automatic? Explanation would help..

  20. Posted by Traffic Mag on October 18th, 2010, 14:22

    for those who really enjoy driving and looking for fun in the car, manual would be the choice without doubt. but if you’re going thru congested routes often, then better go for auto. as for me i’d go for manual as i have more advantage at overtaking when needed to.

  21. Posted by Syawal Ahmad on October 19th, 2010, 15:35

    The manual delivers more power comparing to the automatic transmission, and you’ll have more control on CPS system. The gearing is not that tight to be uncomfortable, but as mentioned in the article, the left foot rest might be an annoyance. Why not test drive both?

    PS: Going up Genting with the manual CPS was superb, just need to be careful on the rev to keep the car in the power range.

  22. Posted by belakbokbom on November 28th, 2010, 22:11

    what a nice handling if better than gti that i own now..
    im just doing servey n if found the car good as my expectation
    i will book next year

  23. Posted by Korok on December 17th, 2010, 18:23

    really satisfied with this car. have used since June and reach 20k Km already. this car is really superb at handling. even city, vios and civic defeated by this car in term of handling la..

    4 me its really berbaloi since i really like the design of this car ‘sporty’. go go proton…

  24. Posted by vishalini on April 17th, 2011, 21:49

    im dying to get a cps in love with the baby..i think my dad is gonna buy one in few xcited..!! i think i’l b the only indian girl driving this awesome baby..hmmm, neo is kinda rare to b seen bt easy to b noticed on the road..!!

  25. Posted by Traffic Mag on April 18th, 2011, 12:18

    if i were you visha, i’d go for the Neo R3, looks way much better than the Neo CPS. since you’re so excited, let us be the first to congratulate you. Congrats!!!

  26. Posted by vishalini on April 19th, 2011, 16:17

    hmmm thankz, i fell in love with cps..i tink r3 is gorgeous as well bt cps is special 2 me..something’s sparkling in cps….

  27. Posted by afiqms on July 3rd, 2011, 14:00

    I own black neo cps auto for about 6 month and it has travelled 20000 km. The car is very good for it’s price and I really like the Lotus handling. It is precise, predictable and somehow forgiving. The engine is good, but can be better. I really want to see they would revise the final drive for better top end speed. In traffic, it has very good pickup, but in highway driving, reaching 180km/h seems harder compared to 4G18 Waja. Nevertheless, I love the nimble characteristic while weaving the traffic although it is an auto. The TCU really learns when I drive it hard and will hold the gear for later shifting during aggressive driving. Currently I’ve upgraded to K&N drop in filter and NGK Iridium IX plugs, the throttle response is improved, making it even better and more fun to drive! :)

  28. Posted by Tachikawa on December 6th, 2011, 00:44

    Afiq,it’s because you use Auto…I too use Auto car but Gen2…same…hard to reach 180km/h…I hope to get Neo CPS too…
    but Manual transmission…love manual more than Auto…but,for sure,the Interior looks good…


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