Maruti Suzuki India Limited launched the Dzire last week and has said that it is not going to be offering an RS variant for the same. This is because they already have a dedicated RS badged performance oriented vehicle in the form of the Baleno RS.
Maruti Baleno RS is selling almost around 800-1000 units which is a promising news for the company as it is not an affordable model by any measure with its price tag of INR 8.69 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). To give the Baleno RS a leverage over the performance wing of the company, they even discontinued the Ciaz RS variant and have refuted any news regarding the launch of any RS variant for the new Dzire.
Maruti Baleno RS is the top of the line model in the high selling Baleno range which commands a waiting period of more than 6 months. It is powered by the 1.0 litre, 3-cylinder Boosterjet engine which churns out 100 bhp of power with 150 Nm of peak torque and is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.
Baleno RS features smoked headlamps with black front grille, powder coated black alloy wheels with LED taillights and RS badging to distinguish it from the regular Baleno variants. Other features and equipment list is sjust similar to the top spec Alpha model of the Baleno.
Baleno RS competes against the likes of Ford Figo 1.5 litre petrol variant, Volkswagen Polo GT TSI and Fiat Abarth Punto.