Aug 22nd, 2012 by Ross Edwards
The sportiest version of the new Chevy Sonic, the Sonic RS, will start at $20,995 with a six-speed manual or $22,280 with an automatic transmission. The RS loads the Sonic up with a turbocharged engine, sports suspension, big brakes and other go-fast options. At over $600 more than a base Sonic, which starts at $14,200, the Sonic RS is not a slightly zippier package onto the car but a full blown performance alternative to the base commuter car.
The 2013 Chevy Sonic RS’s turbocharged 1.4-liter engine will be the main selling point of the trim level. With the same 138-hp as the naturally aspirated 1.8-liter engine, the RS won’t light the world on fire but it will get better gas mileage with 29-mpg city and 40-mpg highway.
The Chevy Sonic RS will also get a stiffer, sportier suspension with Macpherson front struts and a torsion beam rear suspension. The manual transmission Sonic RS will be specially geared and the automatic model will get a 3.53 final drive ratio for better acceleration. The Sonic RS will be the only Sonic available with four-wheel disc brakes (which should give you an idea of all the things car companies need to cut to sell a car for just $14,200), according to Autoweek.
Outside, the Sonic RS will get a unique grill, front and rear bumper covers, chrome exhaust tips and 17-inch wheels.