Proton Putra

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Proton Putra
Proton Putra (front), Kuala Lumpur.jpg
Manufacturer Proton
Also called Proton M21
Production Late 1996–2001, 2004
Assembly Malaysia: Pekan, Pahang (AMM)
Body and chassis
Class Compact / C-segment
Body style 2-door coupé
Engine 1.8 L 4G93 DOHC I4
Transmission 5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,440 mm (96.1 in)
Length 4,225 mm (166.3 in)
Width 1,690 mm (66.5 in)
Height 1,365 mm (53.7 in)
Kerb weight 1,007 kg (2,220.1 lb)

The Proton Putra is a coupé automobile produced by Malaysian automobile company Proton. Production of the Putra started in late 1996 and ended in 2001, but was briefly relaunched in limited numbers in 2004 for the domestic market. The reasoning for the relaunch is the clearing of the remaining stocks available at the factory.

Putra is Malay word for Son or Prince.


Powertrain Engine & Performance
Engine 1.8L Mitsubishi 4G93 I4
Maximum Speed (km/h) 220 km/h
Acceleration 0–100 km/h (sec) 9.00
Maximum Output hp(kW)/rpm 139.9 PS (138.0 bhp) (102.9 kW) @ 6000rpm
Maximum Torque (Nm/rpm) 164Nm (121 lbf/ft) @ 5500rpm
Full tank capacity (Litre) n/a
Tyres & Rims F 185/60 HR 14
Power Steering Yes
Suspension (Front/Rear) n/a
Brake (Front/Rear) F/R Ventilated Disc/Di-S


The Putra's power-plant is derived from a Mitsubishi 4G93P DOHC engine, which features a total of 4 cylinders, each with 4 valves and an MPi fuel system.

Export market[edit]

In the United Kingdom and Australia, the Putra was sold as the Proton Coupe or Proton M21 but sales were not strong as it was considered very bland looking and being similar aesthetically to the older 1992-1995 Lancer series 5 or Mitsubishi Lancer CC as known to Australians. Additionally, it was considered dull to drive compared to more adventurous competitors like the Ford Puma and Vauxhall Tigra.


Based on Mitsubishi's Mirage Asti Lancer 5th generation, the Putra is a two-door coupé with front end styling similar to that of both the Proton Wira and the first generation Proton Satria. The rear, however, features a more original design with only the taillights bearing similarities to those of the first generation Satria and fourth generation Lancer.

The vehicle is almost an exact replica of the 1992-1995 4th-generation Lancer both aesthetically and mechanically. The vehicle has headlights and taillights that are interchangeable with those of the Lancer. The Putra, however, is equipped with a Mitsubishi DOHC 4G93 engine and comes with a slightly different front bumper and fenders that make the indicators less interchangeable with those on the Mitsubishi Lancer.


The Putra's standard equipment included Recaro N-Joy seats, a leather Momo Daytona 4 steering and leather Momo gear knob. However, during the relaunch units of the Putras in Malaysia, the interior Recaros, Momo steering and gear knob ware not included as standards. The car instead it was refitted with normal seats and steerings but was available with black interior.

As a mod car[edit]

The Putra is a favorite amongst Malaysian car enthusiasts due to its rarity. Some have modified the front of the Putra with "half-cuts". The chassis model for the Proton Putra is M21. It is able to accommodate any engine in the 4G9x or 4G6x series. Most people using this car will modify its outlook via bodykits or replacement panels to more resemble the Mitsubishi Lancer or Cyborg.

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