Coen Welsh | Nov 14, 2017 | 0
Chev Sonic RS with woema
The sporty new Chevrolet Sonic RS with turbocharged engine has been released in Namibia by Auas Motors in March. This exciting and fast urban explosion now boasts a 1.4 litre turbocharged engine with loads of thrust, a tuned suspension and high-level specifications and appointments.
Recently, General Motors South Africa announced the launch of the all-new Chevrolet Sonic RS.
The new Sonic RS joins the local Sonic model range as the new halo model which sports turbocharged performance and uprated handling, along with a high level of specification and enhanced design elements for a uniquely exciting driving experience.
“Originally applied to the Chevrolet Camaro RS (Rally Sport) in 1967, with this badge we are now providing a sportier, more athletic Sonic hatchback to performance-minded drivers, the B-segment benefitting from a ‘hot Chevy’ for the first time.
The new Sonic RS exhibits performance-enhancing mechanical upgrades, superior levels of driving comfort and a high specification level which includes the all-new Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system – all presented in a sexy hatchback body and with driving enjoyment at the heart of it all” said Chevrolet Brand Manager at GMSA, Tim Hendon.
The turbocharged performance figures include a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 9.5 seconds and a top speed of 197 km/h.
Balancing out the increase in excitement and sporty driving antics, the ECOTEC® engine also provides for improved fuel efficiency – the new Sonic RS consumes just 6.6-litres per 100 km on the combined average cycle, with carbon emissions of 155 g/km to match.
The tuned suspension, which takes shape in the form of a MacPherson strut design up front and a multi-link setup at the rear, allows for improved handling especially under sportier conditions, the Sonic RS featuring a lower ride height with stiffer suspension and performance-tuned dampers to deliver a communicative and firm-yet-comfortable ride.
Hot, inside and out
The new Chevrolet Sonic RS can be easily identified by the distinct yet subtle design changes found on the exterior.
A more aggressive front bumper features expressive and angular fog lights with chrome detailing. Gunmetal-painted 17-inch alloy wheels in a muscular five-spoke design are separated by chunky new side skirts and black-painted door mirrors with integrated LED indicators and at the rear, the motorcycle-inspired tail lights are joined by a new roof spoiler, an accented rear diffuser with a striking trapezoidal exhaust tip and special Sonic RS badging.
The new Sonic RS retails for N$225,500 and is available as standard with a 5-year/ 120,000 km warranty and a 3-year/ 60,000 km service plan linked to service intervals of 15,000 km.