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Holden Barina RS released

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15th November, 2013

  • New RS adds 1.4l iTi petrol engine to Barina powertrain line-up
  • RS priced from $20,990*

The Holden Barina range has a new sporty version with the addition of the RS model.

Featuring the same 1.4 litre iTi petrol engine as the locally made Holden Cruze, the Barina RS comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission with sports-oriented gear ratios or an optional six-speed automatic transmission with Active Select, recording power output of 103kW and 200Nm of torque and a fuel economy rating of 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 appointed front seats with RS branding, leather gear shifter, sports pedals and RS branded floor mats.

A piano black finish adds to the look of the interior, which also features a seven-inch colour touchscreen to house Holden’s new MyLink infotainment system.

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® and TuneIn Radio.

Holden General Manager – Marketing Communications, Teresa Basile said that with its combination of edgy styling, in-car technology and engaging driving experience, RS would continue to extend Barina’s appeal to a broader audience.

“Holden Barina has been a popular choice for light car buyers for over 28 years. The addition of the RS model will further extend the appeal of Barina to buyers looking for better driving performance from a light car, and priced from just $20,990*, it represents great value at this competitive end of the market.”

As part of a global programme, Holden engineers were heavily involved in the development of Barina RS in conjunction with engineering counterparts in the USA and Korea.

A unique electric power steering calibration, tailored specifically for 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 ride height reduced by 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.

Holden Barina RS Pricing* (Hatch):

manual transmission $20,990*
automatic transmission $23,190*

Holden Barina RS highlights:

  • 17 inch alloy wheels (4)
  • Front fog lamps
  • Reverse parking sensors
  • Electric power steering
  • Premium sports interior including leather appointed RS branded seats
  • Sports pedals
  • RS branded floor mats
  • Leather steering wheel & transmission shifter
  • Heated front seats
  • RS badge
  • Trip computer
  • Storage tray under front passenger seat
  • Sunglass holder
  • Chrome exterior accents

The Barina exterior colour palette features eight choices:

  • Summit White
  • Velvet Red
  • Satin Steel Grey (prestige)
  • Boracay Blue (prestige)
  • Snowflake White Pearl (prestige)
  • Carbon Flash Black (prestige)
  • Orange Rock (prestige) (RS only)

(prestige paint additional $550*)


* Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.



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