Monday, March 31

Proton Waja CPS & Campro Review

Due to the increasing request* on my blog for the comparison between the Proton Waja CPS & Waja Campro, here's something local car fanatics are waiting for; Head-to-head reviews on this two models.

*Stats and analysis on this blog are possible thanks to Nuffnang.

Twilight blue Waja CPS on the Left & Burgundy Waja Campro on the Right

Notice the lower ride of the Campro version which is due to the standard 55 series tire compared to the 60 series fitted on the CPS model for increased comfort in sacrifice of the sharp handling & high speed stability.

The bonnet design has changed since the sportier looking Alfa beak has somehow aged with time. OEM height adjustable 4300k Xenon comes as standard compared to the "aftermarket" 6000k Xenon on the Campro. Indicator & Fog lamps gets a makeover on the new bumper as well. The newer ones are no longer crystal type for signals and projector for the fog lamps.

Side mirrors are electrically foldable on this new make which proves to be convenient & useful in urban parking situations.

A closer look at the front hood reveals a change in the color of the emblem and of course a much larger sized one. Honeycomb design grille on the lower air intake of the bumpers has also been reverted to the straight lined ones.

110bhp Campro versus 125bhp Campro CPS. (Cam-Profile Switching) with "TYPE-R" wannabe; red rocker cover.

What lies beneath the hood is the most exciting compared to the other makeovers.
Its the latest powertrain jointly developed by Proton & Lotus that marks a milestone and the completion of the so called 'Campro engine project', as it's finally integrated with the variable valve lift technology -CPS and coupled with variable intake manifold -VIM that enhances air intake at every rev range of the engine by a short & long runner switch-over mechanism. The CPS engines also come with an oil cooler due to its higher operating temperatures.

The infamous torque dip of the Campro at 2.5k RPM has improved in this new engine and so is the annoying, over-sensitive gradient sensor that downshifts at weird moments on the road.

Interior remains unchanged except for some minor details like instrument panel fonts and the stylish gated shift. Driver & Front passenger airbags now comes as standard. OEM Clarion single-disc player has dropped the Bluetooth capability but added playability for Windows Media Audio (WMA) audio files alongside MP3.

Rear crop-circle lamps are still there to haunt people who's tailing you; but the CPS markings and twin exhaust tailpipes are a sure sign to indicate the additional horses under the hood. Bear in mind that it's not your usual twin tailpipes system as the exhaust note is slightly higher but not intrusive on this ride. A quick check on the undercarriage of the CPS reveals a much larger diameter of the exhaust system piping.

For more info and a typical day to day usage review on the new CPS performance, surf over to the blog of ambientscape.

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Anonymous said...

Hi ! Great one on CPS and Campro. been looking around alot of site but none have very great details. Could you give more on personal details and account. Sometihing like interior space, how the leather feel. The boot. The light. The engine response and so on.

Thank you so much. Got link here thru paultan. as paultan say there is some power loss in the engine when the air-con compressor kick in. Do u feel this power loss also on the CPS while driving ?

thanks you. Will check back soon

Baldwin said...


Thanks for popping by my blog.

Interior and boot space remained the same just like any other Waja around. Just that probably the quality of plastics have some slight improvements.

Leather feels rather 'premium' and adequate for a car of this price range.

While the engine response has improved since the base-Campro engine, it has still a long way more to be refined as it sounds coarse compared to other cars with variable valve technology and the gear ratios doesnt quite bring out the fullest potential of this engine.

There is a slight lag when the AC Compressor kicks in but its minimal and u can quite live with it, probably due to the 'cheaper' brand of compressor that Proton installed in these cars. Brands like Denso are always more 'efficient' and has less drag on the engine.

Waja said...

In the comparison of the Alfa Beak and the VW type front, you didn't give your judgement. Which of the design looks nicer?

To me, the old Waja Alfa Beak with the corresponding black grilles had a unique design which gave the Waja character. The current design on the other hand, is neither here nor there. What do you think?

Anonymous said...

I always motivated by you, your opinion and way of thinking, again, thanks for this nice post.

- Norman