The RS spec Sonic uses the 1.4-liter turbo engine found in other Sonic models, which is rated at 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. Without a boost in power, the RS looks to chassis and transmission upgrades for its sporty feel. MacPherson strut front suspension, coil springs and a stabilizer bar are added to the car, as well as a semi-independent rear suspension, with gas-charged shocks. The RS is lower by 10mm than the standard Sonic, and gets unique gear ratios in both manual and automatic to improve the performance feel of the car.
Keeping in line with the handling upgrades, the exterior of the Sonic gets a new front grille, rear fascia, rear spoiler, rocker moldings, bright exhaust outlet, unique 17-inch five-spoke wheels and RS badging. Color choices include, Victory Red, Summit White, Cyber Gray Metallic and Black Granite Metallic.
Inside the RS you will find a leather wrapped shift knob and steering wheel accompanied by leather bucket seats which include sueded microfiber inserts and red RS accents. The RS trim also comes with standard Chevy MyLink infotainment system with custom RS graphics. A specific app for MyLink will be available sometime in the near future called BringGo, offering services such as live traffic updates, points of interest finder, emergency info such as the nearest police station and 3D maps.
The Sonic RS when equipped with a manual transmission starts at an MSRP of $20,995, while the six-speed automatic Sonic RS will cost $22,280.
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