The Proton X50 was recently launched with four variants available – Standard, Executive, Premium and Flagship – with prices starting from RM79,200 all the way to RM103,300 for the range-topping Flagship model.
It should be well known by now that the Flagship variant makes more power than the three variants below it. While it shares essentially the same 1.5-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder engine as the Standard, Executive, and Premium models, it makes more at 177 hp and 255 Nm compared to 150 hp and 226 Nm in the lower three.
There’s no doubt that either output packages will get you through traffic and the open road adequately. However, to the minority, the performance nutjobs, who crave for more out of their turbocharged engines, you might want to check out this new product by RaceChip Malaysia.
There are three packages available:
- GTS – RM3795
- RS – RM2795
- S – RM1795
The local distributors for the German aftermarket brand has claimed that it’s possible to gain up to 20% increase in horsepower and torque with the GTS package simply by hooking up their module on to the car. Basically, it collects the readings from the engine sensor and sends a signal to the Engine Control Unit (ECU), allowing it to free up more power.
In the case of the GTS module, there are up to seven different tunings available for the X50. These different setups can be controlled from the module placed inside the engine bay.
According to RaceChip’s Facebook post, its module is 100% plug-and-play with no need for messy wire patching or alterations to the X50’s Engine Control Unit (ECU). They also claimed that there’s no need to worry about the factory warranty but best be vigilant and check with your local Proton dealer first before you go ahead with such a modification.