Maruti has launched the Baleno RS at 8,69,000 (ex-showroom Delhi). The RS comes with a new 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with a power output of 102 PS and torque output of 150 Nm. This engine is usually referred to as BoosterJet in Suzuki’s terms. The Baleno RS has a certified economy of 21.1 kmpl!
The Baleno RS is priced Rs 1.4 lakh over the regular 1.2-litre Alpha petrol model. This isn’t really good value for money considering the package you get. Nevertheless, we are sure enthusiasts will love picking this up for better styling, better performance and excellent fuel economy. The Baleno RS puts out 21% more power and 30% more torque as compared to the regular non-turbo 1.2-litre version.
Maruti also says they have updated the suspension slightly to match up to the extra load of the new engine. Further, you also get disc brakes all around as compared to disc-drum set-up seen in the regular Baleno. Thumbs up to Maruti for this!
In contrast, the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI is priced just 40k more than the Baleno RS. The GT TSI comes with a turbo-charged petrol engine mated to a 7-speed automatic DSG gearbox. High maintenance aside, the Polo GT TSI is a fun to drive car. Is the Baleno RS also good? We are scheduled to drive the RS on the Buddh International Circuit tomorrow (4th) – so stay tuned for our updates!
In terms of styling differences, the Baleno RS comes with all-black alloy wheels, back door spoiler, revised bumper and side skirts. These elements go a long way in making it look stunning especially in red. But have you see this wild Baleno with Lamborghini inspired doors?
There are no direct rivals to the Maruti Baleno RS currently. Other cars with turbo-petrol tech include the Tata Zest and Fiat Punto Abarth. And ofcourse, as discussed above, the VW Polo GT TSI as well. The Baleno RS will be sold via Nexa dealerships only. The last new car to join Nexa network was the funky Ignis – read our review here.