The Holden Barina range has a new hero with the addition of the RS sports hatch model, on sale later this month
Featuring the same 1.4 litre iTi petrol engine as the Australian made Holden Cruze, Holden Barina RS comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission with performance oriented gear ratios or an optional six-speed automatic transmission with Active Select, recording power output of 103kW and 200Nm of torque and fuel economy of just 6.5 litres per 100 kilometres.
Holden Barina RS features unique styling including sports front and rear fascias, fog lamps and new 17-inch alloy wheels. A new exterior paint body colour for Barina, Orange Rock, is offered exclusively on the RS and the sports styling extends to the cabin with heated leather and suede appointed front seats with RS branding, leather gear shifter, sports pedals and RS branded floor mats.
A piano black finish adds to the premium feel of the interior, which also features the addition of a seven-inch colour touchscreen to house Holden's new MyLink infotainment system, which debuted in the Barina CDX.
Holden Barina CDX and RS are the only cars in the light car segment to offer a seven-inch colour touchscreen that allows the driver to connect a compatible smartphone or device to access embedded apps including Pandora®, Stitcher®, TuneIn Radio and low cost navigation app, BringGo.
Holden is the first car company in New Zealand to offer embedded applications in cars, having introduced MyLink to approximately 70 per cent of all new Holden vehicles over the past 12 months.
Holden New Zealand Managing Director, Jeff Murray said that the edgy styling and in-car technology would create a wide appeal for Barina's new RS version.
"This sporty RS version of the very popular Barina will only extend the appeal of the popular small car for buyers looking for that additional driving performance and a great competitive experience," Said Mr Murray.
"The Barina RS is an outstanding car in the small car range and not only looks great but will provide the driving experience expected from a vehicle of this calibre.
As part of a global program, Holden engineers were heavily involved in the development of Barina RS in conjunction with engineering counterparts in the US and Korea.
A unique electric power steering calibration, tailored specifically for New Zealand and Australian driving tastes was developed at Holden's proving ground in Lang Lang, Victoria. It has a quick ratio, ensuring a more reactive and sportier drive.
The dynamic performance of Barina RS is further enhanced with a reduced ride height of 10mm and additional body bracing which delivers a stiffer body structure.
Performance-tuned dampers with increased spring rates and stiffer shock absorbers make for the most agile and nimble-handling Barina yet.
To reflect the addition of the RS model, Holden has rolled back pricing by up to $1000 on the remainder of the Model Year 2014 Barina range, effective 1 December.
Holden Barina RS highlights:
? 17 inch alloy wheels (4)
? Front fog lamps
? Reverse park sensors
? Electric power steering
? Premium sports interior including leather appointed RS branded seats
? Alloy sports pedals
? RS branded floor mats
? Leather steering wheel & leather wrap gear shifter (manual only)
? *New Paint
? Heated front seats
? RS badge
? Trip computer
? Storage tray under front passenger seat
? Sunglass holder
? Chrome exterior accents
The Barina exterior colour palette features seven choices:
? Summit White
? Satin Steel Grey
? Nitrate Silver
? Velvet Red
? Boracay Blue
? Snowflake White Pearl
? Carbon Flash Black
? *Orange Rock (New Colour)