Following an announcement made in September, Holden has introduced the 2014 Barina RS.

Following an announcement made in September, Holden has introduced the 2014 Barina RS.

Essentially a rebadged Chevrolet Sonic RS, the 2014 Holden Barina RS comes with the same 1.4-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 138 bhp (103 kW) and 148 lb-ft (200 Nm) of torque sent to the front axle through a six-speed manual gearbox with gear ratios tuned for sportier driving. The engine can be optionally matched to a six-speed automatic transmission equipped with Active Select.

Compared to the standard version, the Barina RS is 10mm lower and benefits from extra body bracing to provide a stiffer body structure. It also boasts different dampers with increased spring rates and stiffer shock absorbers which have turned it into the "most agile and nimble-handling Barina yet."

The RS version can be visually distinguished by its different front and rear fascias, fog lamps and a new set of 17-inch alloys. Holden is offering an exclusive "Orange Rock" paint scheme for the range-topping Barina while inside the cabin there are RS-branded floor mats, heated front seats wrapped around in leather with RS badging, as well as sports pedals and a leather gear shifter.

Pricing for the manual Barina RS kicks off at 20,900 AUD and from 23,190 AUD if you opt for the automatic transmission.

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