Posted Aug 23rd 2012 1:31PM
Chevrolet has just released pricing on its 2013 Sonic RS sporty hatchback. The edgy five door, with its turbocharged powerplant will start at $23,560 for the six-speed manual model. Those desiring a six-speed automatic will have to scrape up $24,910.
The RS sets itself apart from the rest of the Sonic lineup with a model-specific grille, revised front fascia and rear spoiler. Other kit includes unique RS badging, 17-inch five spoke wheels, a bit of exhaust tip brightwork.
Mechanically, the RS features GM's 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant. Just as it does in lesser Sonic models, the Ecotec sends 138 horsepower and 148 pound feet of torque to the front wheels. The ratios on the six-speed manual are RS-specific however, which Chevy says gives the model sportier acceleration. The RS is the only model in the Sonic lineup to feature four-wheel disc brakes and the suspension is lowered 10 millimeters and fitted with firmer dampers.
Inside, the RS receives leather bucket seats with RS inserts, a leather wrapped sport steering wheel with red stitching, and unique instrument panel graphics. The RS also comes standard with Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system. Production of the Orion, Michigan-built Sonic RS begins in October, and the model will hit dealerships later this fall.
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News Source: General Motors
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