Friday, February 11, 2011

Proton Savvy Engine at a Glance

There are time when customer look for "KP" brand gasket for some Proton model which they thought the engine as usual is from Mitsubishi, as some of the Proton model uses Renault engine, therefor "KP" brand gasket is unavailable, for example the Proton Savvy engine.

Lets see its history, following Proton's decision to discontinue the Citro├źn AX-based Tiara in 2000, a replacement model was required in order for Proton to reenter the supermini market. The replacement, originally codenamed the Tiara Replacement Model (TRM), was partially designed in-house by Proton but is powered by a D-Type engine by Renault.

The Savvy was launched June 2005 in Malaysia as a manual transmission-only model, followed by the introduction of Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) model in November 2005. Export models of the Savvy were introduced to the United Kingdom in September 2005. The Savvy was also among two models (alongside the Proton Gen-2) the now defunct MG Rover was seeking to rebadge when it entered talks with Proton's parent company in 2005. On January 19, 2007, a photoshopped facelift was released, sporting minor changes on the front and rear.

Unlike the Tiara, the Savvy's exterior design was largely developed in house by Proton, prominently featuring a clamshell bonnet design for efficient air scooping.[verification needed] The Savvy is powered by a 1.2 L D-Type SOHC 16-valve engine sourced from Renault, similar to the one used in the Renault Twingo and Clio.

Though the Renault D-Type engine consist of D4D for 999cc and D4F for 1,149cc, the cylinder head bore diameter is both same as 69mm, which in this case they can share the same cylinder head gasket, the height of stroke is difference which D4D is 66.8mm and D4F is 76.8mm.

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