Rise as knights!

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I’ve always been very accident prone. I have run down a pedestrian, crashed into various static road signs, and recently drove my car into a ditch. The repairs on the car alone set me back more than 1k due to the messed up suspension, shock absorbers and miscellaneous stuff down under. Thus, I was left car-less for about three days while it was at the workshop.

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Thanks to Roslina, I was given the new Proton Satria Neo CPS to commute to work while my car was in the workshop. One interesting anecdote about the origin of the word Satria – it’s Sanskrit for knight. Be without fear in the face of your enemies. Safeguard the helpless. Never lie, even if it leads to your death; that is your oath. :p

keys

I had the Proton Satria Neo CPS on loan until my car got out of the workshop – my eternal gratitude to Roslina and Proton for providing me with a backup car…especially given my less-than-stellar (dubious?) driving safety record. ๐Ÿ˜‰

roslina

Heck, I was surprised Roslina even agreed to lend me the car since she reads my blog and probably have witnessed the multiple accidents I have gotten into. Heh! Well, thankfully, I did not crash the car or give it so much as a scratch, and thus, to show my appreciation for her kind gesture, I shall write about my experience with the Proton Satria Neo CPS.

driving

I drive a Toyota Vios 1.5G which I purchased in late 2006. I chose Toyota for just one primary reason – it’s a family tradition. My dad used to drive a Toyota Corolla before he switched to a Lexus (which is also under Toyota) and my mom drives a Toyota as well. My sister in NZ also drives a Toyota – she owns a Toyota Celica (but then again she’s a cardiologist so she can afford it). Thus, I got a Toyota as well, just not to depart from our family tradition.

satria

There are a lot of people who has misconceptions about our fine local automobile industry. Build quality and performance are some of the most common gripes.

back

I have been doing some research on the topic and found some very interesting facts. The Proton Saga is based on the exact same engine as the Mitsubishi Lancer and Proton has grown by leaps and bounds since then. The acquisition of Lotus (say what you will, but it definitely helped in the aesthetic department of the cars) is another feather in the cap of Proton.

interior

Proton had this huge banner at a prime location on Elizabeth Street in Melbourne when I was doing my university there. I overheard an Aussie couple commenting on it. The conversation was pretty funny – they were debating whether it’s a German or European car manufacturer. I was just beside them, waiting for the pedestrian crossing to turn green and I told them (with no small amount of pride, I must admit) that it’s a MALAYSIAN brand. ๐Ÿ™‚

rims

The Proton Satria Neo CPS looks good – check out the aggressive front grill, the spoiler at the back and the awesome rims. I love the nifty emergency brake, the canggih window winder below the stick shift, and the two-door design. It’s built for speed…and the volume controls on the steering wheel would get you out of a lot of vehicular mishaps too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

montage 1

My fellow coworker (who parks beside me) commented on the aesthetics of the car – his exact words were “Nice car!”.

montage 2

Unfortunately, I had to reply “It’s not mine”. ๐Ÿ™

compare

The Proton Satria Neo CPS was launched on February 2009 to replace the top H-line version of the Proton Satria Neo. It has been given a facelift – the aggressive body kit looks much better than the previous versions. Check out the side by side comparison with the old Proton Satria Neo (the new one is on the left at my condo parking lot) – it just so happens that my neighbor drives the older version of the Proton Satria Neo.

jam

The changes for the Proton Satria Neo CPS are not merely cosmetic – it also features a 1.6 liter Campro CPS engine with 125 bhp and 150 Nm of torque. It is zhng-ified for a more aggressive driving style (suits me just fine ;)) – the CPS mechanism in the Proton Satria Neo CPS switches to high cam at 4,400 rpm compared to 3,800 rpm as in the other CPS-equipped models such as the Proton Waja and Proton Gen-2.

debz

I took Deb out for a mamak session the night I got the car.

night

It was fun, she lives about 10 minutes away and I kinda abducted her and forced her to take a video of me test driving the car. LOL!

This is the nighttime driving video on the LDP.

Check out my speed test of the car too – managed to get it up to a decent velocity in a short time, thanks to the excellent acceleration.

tzia

The next day, I met up with Tzia at Kelana Jaya LRT for lunch.

lunch

I managed to drive from SS6 (where I work) to Kelana Jaya LRT, had lunch, and drove back again in less than 45 minutes.

I wanted a daylight video as well as a night video for the test drive of the car and I am pleased to report that any car that can get me to lunch and back within an hour gets the thumbs up from me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

tzia me

The Proton Satria Neo CPS is a dream to drive. It goes up to 160 kmph on 4th gear before redlining and I managed to push it up to 170 kmph on the 5th gear. I probably shouldn’t say this, Roslina will kill me if she knew I was driving that fast. ๐Ÿ˜‰

open

Oh well, in my defense, it was on the PLUS highway and I got very, very lost on Saturday morning while returning the car. I spent over 3 hours (!) on the road and pumped petrol 3 times, but the silver lining about the fiasco is that I managed to give the Proton Satria Neo CPS a proper test drive.

showroom 

Everyone at arms…or is capable of bearing: Kneel! On your knees! Be without fear in the face of your enemies. Safeguard the helpless. Never lie, even if it leads to your death; that is your oath. Rise a knight…rise as knights! Thanks Roslina, for letting me loan the car while my car is in the workshop!

gas

…and like a good citizen, I filled it up with gas before returning it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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157 thoughts on “Rise as knights!”

  1. I have been wanting to hear some reviews about the car, now I have an idea how it is. Btw there should be a hose connected to the petrol pump nozzle doesn’t it? or it’s invisible? haha

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  2. Darren: Yeah, it’s surprisingly fast for Proton. I’ve been driving mostly Toyotas and Hondas and I was pleasantly surprised by the car.
    There is a hose there dude, for some reason, the ones over here are connected to the side instead of the end. I noticed that interesting bit too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Haha, very interesting about the knight thing HB. Very odd story indeed: My very first acid trip had a lot to do with knights, which lead to a complete change in the way I structured my life. Also a chess player my first tattoo was a knight (as in the chessman) and to this day I try to live by the code of chivalry.
    The car is almost as hot as the babes you stashed in it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  4. I almost book this car when it was launched..
    but I hold back.The price tag is a bit high & I read from Paul Tan website some people have issues with their cars. Now the one on my mind is Honda City with the bodykit …
    Not daring to commit la…

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  5. Cool car ๐Ÿ™‚ But oh my lord your driving!…Must get warning sign for your passengers to bring along a change of underwear when they go driving with you.

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  6. Eeeeee…no make up on me!!! -____-”
    I look horrible O.O
    and you just had to pick me up from my place when i just woke up.
    hahahahha
    see you next next friday!:)

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  7. Dude,
    My cuz (the regent)from Kelantan bought a Porsche Cayenne didn’t he ? (be4 he’s wheels got stolen n later returned)
    U won’t see us buying a Proton in this lifetime…..

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  8. HB, I could’nt believe you ran over someone. I ran over my mom foot a few years ago and she had the tire track on her foot to prove it. Never again. She was in shock and took a few mins later to say ouch.

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  9. cynthia: I am driving a Toyota Vios. However, I was surprised at the advances in our local automobile manufacturer. The new Satria is a nice car. ๐Ÿ™‚
    babycicak: Girls? Hmm…I’ll try la, no promises. ๐Ÿ™‚
    tzia: No lar, you look good, see got so many fans dy. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Mike: Yup, they go hand in hand, no? ๐Ÿ™‚
    Trey: Nice! I can’t remember my first acid trip, only the worst acid trip (had a very bad trip once).
    Nice tattoo.
    It’s a great way to live your life mate. ๐Ÿ™‚
    TianChad: Yup, yup. *nods* ๐Ÿ™‚
    eric: Hmm…the Honda City is a nice car, very aggressive bodykit. I like that car too. ๐Ÿ™‚
    M-Knight: Yeah, it looks surprisingly good eh?
    Kim Ong: Haha! That’s just the way I drive. Very teruk right? Be glad I haven’t subjected you to my driving. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    ShaolinTiger: Yeah, and the shifting is pretty smooth too. I liked driving it. The acceleration is good, and the 1.6 engine does the job. ๐Ÿ™‚
    xSean: Nice eh? ๐Ÿ™‚
    Jeff: Hahaha! Well, yeah but I haven’t had an accident in a long time (my defination of time might differ from most people ;)). ๐Ÿ™‚
    Jade Zheng: Eh, can also, especially you. I still remember the incident you related. Very nicely pulled off by you, that one. ๐Ÿ™‚
    debra fong: I didn’t know you were asleep. LOL! You look good la, no worries.
    Yup, see ya next Friday! ๐Ÿ™‚
    DYMM_Tuanku: Your cousin is the regent of Kelantan? Porche eh, very nice.
    eiling: Eiling, you’re evil! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Crashing the car would have gotten me into heaps of trouble. Heh! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Darren: Yup, the hose blends in. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    christock: LOL! The car of course, count the number of car photos. The ratio is heavily skewed towards the car. ๐Ÿ™‚
    beat_ram: Hmm…I am not an expert in that part of the female anatomy. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Always been more of a leg guy. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Amy: I ran over someone a couple of years ago (before I went to rehab). Happened during lunch hour. Shit happens. ๐Ÿ™‚
    pm: Er…can they not just be friends? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Anony: Yup, I drove up the wrong side while getting gas coz my car’s is on the left instead of the right. Force of habit. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. I do adore the Satria NEO CPS for it’s styling. If only it had a punchier engine.
    Seems like you wear that same purple stripped top rather frequently.

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  12. M: I love the movie! I watched it at least 5 times. No shit. ๐Ÿ™‚
    EuJin: Yeah, I know. I can never find the time to go shopping for clothes coz I have other priorities. Hmm…too many people have commented about this, I can’t ignore it anymore.
    G2k and Quiksilver, here I come! This weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. Nice looking ride, HB, but it looks way to low to the ground for around here. Looks kinda like and Audi. To be honest, I never heard of a Proton before. I have three ford /merc cars right now ( a merc mystiqe, ford ranger, and and old ford explorer 4×4 just to go in the snow and they are ok, but like the crown vics and broncos I have owned, the transmisions tend to go out about 150k and you might as well figure on getting a new sound system within 3 years of new. Both my uncles used drive Fords, but once each bought a Toyota, they were hooked (great gas milage, low maintenance costs), and say they will never go back to Ford or Chevy products). My sister got a Honda accord a couple of years ago, and she loves it. My next one ? probably be a ??? I don’t know yet. What ever I can get a good deal on I guess. I am looking at Subaru or VW. Or maybe Toyota or one of the new Fords. I always wanted a Volvo, but that is out of the question, finance wise.
    Great info HB. Thanks. (ps, the new ST is not even released here until the 8th. I am gonna go, but it IS a geeky movie franchise, and a bunch of friends are all going together. Not a date flick, for sure.)
    Tom

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  14. VisionMan(RuTT): Hey I never noticed that until you mentioned it. Proton, Perodua etc. Petronas is our national petrol (gas) group. Interesting eh?
    e: Awesome! I wear Medium. Cheers mate! ๐Ÿ™‚
    tom robinson: It’s a test drive car, it’s not mine. I drive a Toyota. Hey, ST is great, it’s an awesome movie. Go watch it when it’s released, it’s one of the few movies you won’t regret watching. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Be well, my friend.
    chefmel: Good morning mel! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. Seems like a good ride. My car now is like a petrol drinking monster without much power 125 HP is better than my 110 HP. Mine don’t have variable valve control. Sigh. Regretted now buying Kia Spectra.

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