One of the several vehicles showcased by Chevrolet at the 2012 Detroit Motor Show is the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS (also known as the Aveo in some countries). The aggressive look of the Sonic RS is much inspired by the concept that debut a couple of years ago.
The Chevrolet Sonic RS remains true to the concept’s (pictured above) progressive styling (except for some minor subtle changes) and would definitely attract consumers in its particular market segment. Although there is no additional power over the regular Sonic model that is fitted with the turbo engine, but it is rather the sharp personality that the Sonic RS gives.
One of the most distinct key features of the Sonic RS is the front snout. A large single frame front grille, with a split in the middle, and large air vents situated on the bumpers gives the car a sporty fascia. Newly designed fog lamps are integrated into the air vents enclosure.
The wheel arcs are slightly flared to give the car a beefier stance. And the car receives a new 17 inch five spoke wheel design. The car’s height has been lowered and its suspension has been stiffened through performance tuned dampers. Over the rear, the car gets a new top rear spoiler and a sport exhaust system with chromed tips.
Like the exterior, the Sonic RS’s interior looks and feels the part of a true performance car. Some of the new interior features are front sport seats, a sport steering wheel with thicker rim and race inspired flat bottom design, new gear knob for manual transmission, aluminium sport pedals, RS-specific instrument panel graphics and RS-specific interior trim colour for instrument panels and door trims.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, the Sonic RS retains the same engine as the Sonic turbo model. A 1.4 litre turbocharged Ecotec engine that produces 138bhp and 200Nm of torque. It is mated to either a six speed manual or a six speed automatic transmission. The manual gearbox will have specially tuned gear ratios and a unique final drive ratio for the automatic gearbox which will give the Sonic RS a sportier feel compared to the non RS models.
The car’s front suspension is fitted with a Macpherson strut front with coil springs and stabiliser bars. The rear part is fitted with a semi independent torsion beam axle-mount compound link type suspension. Electric power steering comes as a standard option 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.
The Sonic RS is the only Sonic model with four wheel disc brakes and also with 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.
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