The Maruti Baleno RS created a major buzz at the Auto Expo 2016. The hot hatchback from Maruti attracted a lot of curious visitors and onlookers. Maruti is just about to launch the Baleno RS soon and here is everything that you need to know about the upcoming car.
Not as powerful for the Indian market
Maruti has already launched the Baleno RS in the international markets including Australia and the UK. As expected earlier, the Baleno RS in these countries gets the 108 BHP engine. The Indian market, however, will get a detuned engine because of the quality of fuel available in the country.
The 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged Boosterjet engine will produce a maximum of 100 BHP and 150 Nm of maximum torque in India. The engine power comes down by 8 BHP while the torque becomes lower by 25 Nm. Maruti is not the first company to detune the engines for the Indian market; there are many manufacturers who bring in lower powered engines for India because of the quality of the fuel in the country.
Yet, the VW Polo GT and Fiat Abarth Punto should be worried!
Even though Polo GT TSI and the Abarth Punto are more powerful, the Baleno RS has the weight advantage. The Baleno RS has a kerb weight of only 950 kg. The Polo GT TSI weighs 1109 kg while the other hot hatchback, Abarth Punto has a kerb weight of 1198 kg.
Baleno RS will have a power-to-weight ratio of 106 BHP/tonne. The Polo has a power-to-weight ratio of 95 BHP/tonne while the Abarth Punto gets 121 BHP/tonne. The Poli GT TSI, however, gets the dual-clutch automatic gearbox, which is missing from Baleno and the Abarth.
More stopping power
The Baleno RS gets disc brakes at all the four wheels. This addition will help the car to stop with less effort. The extra disc brakes will give it added power to stop making the car safer. Interestingly, Polo GT TSI does not get the rear disc brake set-up.
Maruti’s first ever turbo petrol, and will power other cars
This is the first-ever turbo petrol engine developed by Maruti Suzuki in India. The three-cylinder engine uses direct injection, which means cleaner emissions. The same engine will also power newer Maruti cars in India in the near future. The 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine will come with the Brezza in the future.
Most powerful hatchback to carry Maruti name!
Even though the Baleno RS will be detuned for the Indian market, it will be the most powerful Maruti hatchback ever! India did get few cars like Zen and Alto K10, which are good powerful hatchbacks to drive around in but the Baleno RS is the purpose built hot hatch from Maruti in India.
It will become most powerful Maruti hatchback ever overtaking the regular Baleno and the Swift, which are powered 1.2-litre petrol engine and produces a maximum of 83 BHP.