Jumat, 16 Agustus 2013

New Car: 2014 Proton Suprima S

Greetings from the Matrade Exhibition & Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur, where we’re reporting live from the launch of the Proton Suprima S, the national car maker’s latest model. By now, you’d undoubtedly have watched the unveiling ceremony for the car via our dedicated live video stream – now, it’s time for the launch report.

The Proton Suprima S – the name of which is derived from the English root word ‘supreme’ – arrives on the scene 16 months after the Preve sedan premiered, and the five-door C-segment hatchback makes its debut in only a single engine guise (in two variant forms, the Executive and Premium) at point of launch, this being the familiar CamPro 1.6 turbo.

The same mill equips the Premium version of the Preve, and makes it way on here without any revisions – the low-pressure turbocharged unit delivers identical 138 hp at 5,000 rpm and 205 Nm between 2,000 and 4,000 rpm output numbers.

No sign of the normally-aspirated IAFM+ engine for the hatch – by the looks of it, Proton is targeting the Suprima S as a sportier offering, in keeping with the nature of the bodystyle. To cement that point, the ‘S’ suffix stands for Sport.

It’s therefore surprising to find that there’s no sign of the Getrag five-speed manual transmission on the car at this juncture, the CamPro unit being paired to the same seven-speed Punch VT3 CVT gearbox as fitted on the turbocharged Preve.

In terms of performance figures, the Suprima S has a 190 km/h top speed and a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 9.9 seconds, while fuel consumption is rated at 9.1 litres per 100 km. In comparison, the equivalent turbocharged Preve has a quoted 200 km/h top speed and 0-100 km/h time of 9.6 seconds, as well as a 8.2 litres per 100 km combined cycle fuel consumption.

Thanks to: Paultan

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