The prelude to what would become one of the most successful rally cars of all time, the Protera began life like any other mid-90’s sports coupes, fueled on nothing but punk rock and the newly available World Wide Web, it was ready to take on what the twilight years of the century had on the horizon.
The first and last time a Protera was ever available outside Southeast Asia, popular in the turbulent time that was 1990s Australia, and nowadays it bears green P plates and a one-way ticket to a bad rating on Rate a Driver Australia.
The 2.0GX (Silver), as it’s name implies, was equipped with a 2.0L N/A I4 with maybe 165HP on a good day, paired with being FWD, it’s bound to do some one tire fires on a suburban street at 11PM on Sunday.
The 2.0ZX is pretty much the same as the GX, but now it has paint matched trim, a CD player, body colour matched fabric upholstery and alloy wheels… as well as having it’s engine getting a Yokawa™ GT670R turbocharger, jumping the engine power to a Earth shattering 190HP.
1996 Protera 4WR
Then theres the much rarer, much pricier 4WR
, bigger wing means bigger dick, right? Well this Protera, just like it’s successor, gets the big wing treatment, mudflaps, deep red upholstery and a white-on-white paintjob with 4WR
lettering to really drive home the fact that you are superior compared to all the other Protera’s on the road.
With a tuned 2.1L Turbocharged I4 with about 200HP, you can tear up the Malaysian Jungle or the Australian Outback, and combined with the fact that it weighs about as much as a paperclip, you’re bound to have at least some fun with this girl.