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Sonic RS Interior
* New front sport seats
* New sport steering wheel with thicker rim and racing-inspired flat-bottom
* New shifter knob (manual transmission)
* New aluminum sport pedals
* Specific instrument panel cluster graphics
* RS-specific interior trim color for the instrument panel and door trim
"Like the exterior, the Sonic RS's interior looks and feels the part of a true
performance car," said Mack. "The seats are firm and provide great lateral
support during quick cornering and the feel of the thick, flat-bottom steering
wheel is a feature driving enthusiasts will truly appreciate."
The Sonic RS's interior is a connected environment, with the Chevrolet MyLink
infotainment seven-inch color touch screen radio. This system allows customers
to bring customized music libraries into the vehicle and use their smart phones
and Bluetooth connectivity to access Pandora and Stitcher Internet radio and
navigation. Navigation directions downloaded through a smart phone can be
displayed on the screen and, when the vehicle is stopped, users can project
video and even personal photo albums onto the screen from their phone.
2013 Sonic RS Performance
The Sonic RS is powered by a standard Ecotec 1.4L turbo engine that is rated at
138 horsepower (103 kW) and 148 lb-ft of torque (200 Nm) - and provides an
immediate feeling of power that is sustained across the rpm band, for a greater
feeling of performance at lower rpm. It's matched with a six-speed manual
transmission or six-speed automatic.
Unique gear ratios for the six-speed manual transmission and unique final drive
ratio for the automatic give the Sonic RS a sportier feel than non-RS models.
Complementing the segment-exclusive turbocharged powertrain is MacPherson strut
front suspension with coil springs and stabilizer bar, and a semi-independent,
torsion beam axle-mount compound link-type rear suspension - featuring a robust,
tubular V-shape beam - with gas-charged shocks. The front and rear tracks are
identical at 59.4 inches (1,509 mm), for well-planted stability and balance.
The new RS is the only Sonic model offered with four-wheel disc brakes, which
are partnered with a 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.
Electric power steering is standard 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.
Sonic is built at the General Motors' Orion Assembly Center in Michigan, which
received a $545-million investment in upgrades and retooling and helped restore
approximately 1,000 jobs in the metropolitan Detroit area.
Chevrolet Sonic RS: Photo Gallery, Review (1/2) and Specifications