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TMR Team | Sep, 17 2013 | 19 Comments


Holden has announced it will introduce a new top-shelf model in its light Barina range later this year, dubbed Barina RS.

Based on the Chevrolet Sonic RS that went on sale in the US market early last year, the new model will essentially replace the Barina SRi model of generations past.

Among the more obvious enhancements to the RS model are new 17-inch alloy wheels, unique sports bumpers at both ends, side skirts and a larger rear wing.

The cabin also gets a number of sporting upgrades, including a flat-bottomed steering wheel, sports seats and RS branding.

Holden has released only one photo of the Barina RS, although the Sonic RS interior shown below is likely identical to what we'll see in the local model. (With the wheel moved to the correct side, of course... - Ed.)

Interestingly, Holden is staying quiet on details of the hotted-up Barina's powerplant, but TMR expects to see the same 103kW/200Nm 1.4 litre turbo engine found in the Sonic RS, and elsewhere in the Holden range.

The carmaker has also offered few details about a local tune for the Barina RS, although an Australia-specific tune has been applied to the electric power-steering system.

In the US market, the Sonic RS also benefits from a 10mm lower sports suspension and damper package.

"The Holden engineering team has been involved in thousands of kilometres of validation work and is now undertaking in-country evaluation on public roads and at the Lang Lang proving ground ahead of the Barina RS on sale date in November," Holden said today.

Expect the Barina RS to enter as a rival to other sharp 'warm hatches', including Suzuki's Swift Sport and the upcoming Hyundai Accent SR.

Watch for more details and pricing to come closer to launch.

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