1.6-liter NA engine mated to a five-speed manual.

Lada has detailed the Kalina NFR that will soon reach the assembly lines of the company.

Lada is competing against Honda, Citroen, and Polestar in the WTCC series with a racing Vesta but road-legal cars of the brand are not famous for their power and speed. The Russian manufacturer is trying to change the status quo with the introduction of the Kalina NFR, billed as the fastest production model of Lada.

The sporty hatch comes with a 1.6-liter naturally aspirated petrol engine that’s good for 136 horsepower (100 kilowatts). Paired to a modernized five-speed manual gearbox, the unit provides a 0-62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) sprint in 9.2 seconds and a top speed of 126 mph (203 km/h).

Lada says the Kalina NFR features sports tuned suspension and steering system, while the brakes are bigger and more efficient than the standard model. There’s also a variety of safety systems, including ABS and EBD.

In terms of comfort, the hot hatch offers manual air conditioner, heated sports cloth seats, heated mirrors, parking sensors, automatic wipers and headlights, and a four-speaker audio system with seven-inch control display.

For the first year on the market, Lada is planning to produce a mere 50 copies of the model which will be offered mainly to motorsport teams at a starting price of $12,139.

Source: Lada

Gallery: 2016 Lada Kalina NFR