The 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS will go on sale in late 2012, after its debut at the North American International Auto Show, in January. The car is powered by an Ecotec 1.4-liter turbo engine that is able to deliver 138 horsepower and 148 lb. ft. of torque. The power is being sent to the wheels through a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic one. The model is offered exclusively in the five-door body style. On the outside features new front fascia with new fog lamp design, new RS-specific grille, new rear fascia, new rear spoiler, rocker moldings, unique mirror cap finish and so on. On the inside it has new front sport seats, new sport steering wheel with thicker rim and racing-inspired flat-bottom design, new aluminum sport pedals and the list goes on. Its price starts at $ 14.495 and it is offered as a four-door sedan and as a five-door.
A hotter Chevrolet Sonic is about to sound off ? the 2013 Sonic RS. It goes on sale in late 2012, after making its public debut at the North American International Auto Show Jan. 14-22.
The new RS amplifies the Sonic?s youthful style and driving experience with unique exterior and interior features matched with a 138-horsepower (103 kW) Ecotec 1.4L turbo engine. Sonic is the only vehicle in its segment to offer a turbocharged powertrain.
"The new Chevrolet Sonic RS pushes Chevrolet?s performance heritage in a new direction, for a new generation of drivers," said Chris Perry, vice president of Global Chevrolet Marketing. "It takes the Sonic?s great design and latest connectivity features and combines them with a more performance-oriented look and feel."
The Sonic RS is offered exclusively in the five-door body style. Chevrolet?s exclusive MyLink infotainment system is standard. It enables navigation directions downloaded through a smart phone to be shown on the radio?s large display, and offers the personalized connectivity of Pandora and Stitcher Internet radio.
Sonic RS exterior features
The more-aggressive look of the Sonic RS is inspired by the concept that debuted in Detroit in 2010. The Sonic RS will be available in Victory Red, Summit White, Cyber Gray Metallic and Black Granite Metallic, which is a new exterior color for the 2013 Sonic.
"The Sonic RS remains true to the progressive spirit of the concept and brings an unmistakable attitude to the segment," said John Mack, design director for the Sonic. "From every angle and every touch point, it is a car that is unabashed in its performance statement ? and one that drives Chevrolet?s performance legacy into its second century."
One of the most-dramatic cues from the concept carried into the production model is the Sonic RS?s front fascia, which has a deep air dam design that enhances the car?s road-hugging stance. Vertical intakes at the edges of the fascia reinforce the wide, low proportion and house the fog lamps.
Sonic RS interior features
"Like the exterior, the Sonic RS?s interior looks and feels the part of a true performance car," said Mack. "The seats are firm and provide great lateral support during quick cornering and the feel of the thick, flat-bottom steering wheel is a feature driving enthusiasts will truly appreciate."
The Sonic RS?s interior is a connected environment, with the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment seven-inch color touch screen radio. This system allows customers to bring customized music libraries into the vehicle and use their smart phones and Bluetooth connectivity to access Pandora and Stitcher Internet radio and navigation. Navigation directions downloaded through a smart phone can be displayed on the screen and, when the vehicle is stopped, users can project video and even personal photo albums onto the screen from their phone.
Sonic RS performance
The Sonic RS is powered by a standard Ecotec 1.4L turbo engine that is rated at 138 horsepower (103 kW) and 148 lb.-ft. of torque (200 Nm) ? and provides an immediate feeling of power that is sustained across the rpm band, for a greater feeling of performance at lower rpm. It?s matched with a six-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic.
Unique gear ratios for the six-speed manual transmission and unique final drive ratio for the automatic give the Sonic RS a sportier feel than non-RS models.
Complementing the segment-exclusive turbocharged powertrain is MacPherson strut front suspension with coil springs and stabilizer bar, and a semi-independent, torsion beam axle-mount compound link-type rear suspension ? featuring a robust, tubular V-shape beam ? with gas-charged shocks. The front and rear tracks are identical at 59.4 inches (1,509 mm), for well-planted stability and balance.
The new RS is the only Sonic model offered with four-wheel disc brakes, which are partnered with a four-channel anti-lock braking system. The four-sensor system ? one at each wheel ? incorporates electronic brake force distribution, which balances braking performance based on such factors as road conditions and the weight of passengers and/or cargo.
Electric power steering is standard and features a wear compensator that continually adjusts the system interaction with the steering gear to ensure precise steering action over the life of the system.
Sonic lineup at a glance
The Chevrolet Sonic is offered in two body styles: a four-door sedan and a five-door, with a starting price of $14,495 (including destination charge). Each body style delivers class-leading, rear-seat roominess and cargo space. Vehicle highlights include:
Sonic is built at the General Motors? Orion Assembly Center in Michigan, which received a $545-million investment in upgrades and retooling and helped restore approximately 1,000 jobs in the metropolitan Detroit area.
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