A pair of 2013 Chevy Sonic RS hatchbacks

Sporty 2013 Chevy Sonic RS priced starting at just $20,995

General Motors has announced the pricing of the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS and the sporty 5-door hatchback fitted with a turbocharged engine, a 6-speed manual transmission and a slew of physical changes inside and out starts at just $20,995 including the $795 destination fee.

The 2013 Chevy Sonic RS sits atop the lineup of available trimlines for the compact and efficient 5-door hatchback, joining the LS, LT and LTZ trimlines with a price of $20,995 when equipped with the manual transmission or $22,280 for the 6-speed automatic transmission models. This performance minded model is powered by the turbocharged 1.4L Ecotec engine that sends 138 horsepower and 148lb-ft of torque to the front wheels. This is the same engine offered as an option in the Sonic LT and Sonic LTZ but to improve the performance capabilities of this new trimline – the Sonic RS manual transmission is equipped with unique gearing to improve acceleration.

GM didn't stop with the performance improvements with the turbocharged engine and the specially geared 6-speed manual transmission; as the 2013 Chevy Sonic RS is fitted with a specially tuned MacPherson strut front suspension system with coil springs and a stabilizer bar while the rear wheels are cushioned with a torsion beam rear suspension featuring a tubular V-shape beam – a setup which allows for stronger handling capabilities without compromising ride quality. The result of the RS model’s specifically tuned suspension system is a ride height 10mm lower than other Sonic models while the 17” aluminum wheels provide a wide, sporty track. Also, the Sonic RS is the only package available with four wheel disc brakes complete with ABS and a brake force distribution system.

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