Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Overview
And on paper at least, it looks like Maruti Suzuki is looking to recreate history here with the new Baleno RS. Weighing in at 950 kilos and packing in a contemporary petrol engine featuring direct injection and turbocharging, on paper at least the Baleno RS seems to be going the right way.But you see it’s not that simple. Back in the day, the Zen quickly became a cult car with enthusiasts fettling with the engine, even pumping nitrous oxide thought them or swapping bigger engines under the hood altogether.So will the Baleno RS become a cult car? Will it appeal to enthusiasts the same way as some of Maruti’s iconic cars of yore? Does it have what it takes, that intangible factor that tugs at the heart? Well, that’s what we are here at the Buddh International Circuit to find out. Book a test drive for Baleno RS in Tryaldrive
Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Exterior
And on paper at least, it looks like Maruti Suzuki is looking to recreate history here with the new Baleno RS. Weighing in at 950 kilos and packing in a contemporary petrol engine featuring direct injection and turbocharging, on paper at least the Baleno RS seems to be going the right way.But you see it’s not that simple. Back in the day, the Zen quickly became a cult car with enthusiasts fettling with the engine, even pumping nitrous oxide thought them or swapping bigger engines under the hood altogether.So will the Baleno RS become a cult car? Will it appeal to enthusiasts the same way as some of Maruti’s iconic cars of yore? Does it have what it takes, that intangible factor that tugs at the heart? Well, that’s what we are here at the Buddh International Circuit to find out.
On the face of it, the Baleno RS comes with rather subtle styling cues to set it apart from the standard car. The front bumper has more aggressive design for the air dam and gets a lip spoiler, the head lamps get black inserts, the side profile remains identical as the standard car’s apart from the new black alloys and side skirts. The rear bumper is significantly different with a black plastic section lower down. But apart from these changes and an RS badge there is not much else that distinguishes it to identify with added fire power under the bonnet.
The regular Baleno premium hatchback was responsible for bringing a fresh breathe of life into the aged interior in the Maruti Suzuki lineup and the RS version follows the same theme. However, being a hot hatch there has to be elements highlighting its sporty importance and be immersive with the whole theme. The equipment list comprises of style enhancing metal finished inside door handles and parking brake while glovebox, luggage room and front footwell get light illumination.
part of the minor makeover package. It borrows techs like SmartPlay infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Smartphone Connect, Navigation, Voice Command and Remote Control through Smartphone App alongside Bluetooth, USB and Aux connectivity from the standard Baleno. The three-spoke multi-function steering wheel with mounted controls, twin-pod instrument cluster, and a pile of other comfort and convenience features top out the impressive range of equipment made available.
Putting the general stuff aside, some of the essential features a hot hatchback should or might contain are bucket seats, contrast stitching, highlighting badges, a loud entertainment system or maybe six-point harness seat belts? We do not have any of those understandably to keep the costs down but the problem is the RS feels like just another conventional Baleno hatchback. All we expected was a contrast dual-tone colour scheme and RS badging in some places though. Perhaps the accessories department will have some answer to that!
Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Performance
Enter the 998cc Boosterjet engine – the K10C DiTC (Direct Injection Turbo Charged). The next generation of K10 engines, this one was developed by Suzuki Japan for export markets, like the UK where it’s offered as the standard engine on the Baleno RS. The Boosterjet produces 111bhp and 170Nm of torque in the UK spec.quality of fuel, all the horses we’re left with is 100bhp after a detune, while torque gets squeezed down to 150Nm.Given our quality of fuel, all the horses we’re left with is 100bhp after a detune, while torque gets squeezed down to 150Nm. While that’s a sure-fire way to dampen an enthusiast’s, um, enthusiasm, we know the aftermarket tune scene for the car will definitely do well.
So, can you feel the extra 18bhp versus the naturally aspirated car? Hell yes. The engine revs cleanly and eagerly all the way to the redline just above 6,000rpm, though it doesn’t sound as happy to do it as some other naturally aspirated Maruti-Suzuki engines. Triple digit speeds do come up quick enough and if I had to guess, it’d be a low-10 second sprint to 100kmph from standstill. It’s the same 5-speed manual as in the standard car, so shift action is a treat, while revised ratios help keep the engine in the power.
Boost builds at 1,750rpm topping at 4,500rpm on paper, while out on track the motor felt strongest between 3,500rpm and 5,500rpm where peak power is made. How well that translates to feeling quick on the road remains to be seen.On the kilometre long back straight at the BIC I caught a peek of just over 170kmph on the speedo, which isn’t bad at all. Getting to 160kmph was a relative breeze, with the car adding multiples of speed quickly until that point.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Rideing
The end of the back straight highlighted the second biggest addition on the Baleno RS – discs at the rear. With the additional stopping power at the rear, the car remains more balanced when you stomp on the pedal.While the RS wiggles a bit, it was a welcome departure from the standard car where the rear would really feel light. As before, it comes standard with ABS so braking performance on the street will keep you well within the realms of safety.The RS runs the same steering rack that I liked from the standard car but on the demanding conditions of a racetrack, it was easier to spot the flaws at the limit. These of course primarily being the lack of communication from the wheel, making it hard to pre-empt under steer. Even if the car does catch you out, it’s so well balanced you know instinctively exactly what it needs to straighten itself out. Lifting off mid-corner gets the car to rotate naturally, the slight body roll not really being an issue.Maruti-Suzuki engineers claim a stiffer suspension setup than standard and a stiffened chassis, which could be making up for the 60kg heavier kerb of 950kg, apart from the engine and new brakes that is.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Safety
Power is retarded by disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. Anti-lock-braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution is a standard feature available across the model series. Dual airbags for the driver and co-passenger are also incorporated in the entire line-up. Among the vital safety fitments, front fog lamps, pinch guard power window on the driver’s side, reverse parking sensors, reverse parking camera and rear defogger have also been employed. Other than the above mentioned features, the hatchback gets dual horn, anti-theft security system, head lamp levelling, auto head lamps, front seat belt pre-tensioners, front seat belt force limiters, auto diming IRVM, driver side seat belt reminder, rear wiper and washer.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno Rs Ex-Showroom Price in Mumbai ranges from 8,42,563/- (Baleno RS 1.0L) to 8,42,563/- (Baleno RS 1.0L). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Baleno Rs from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in Mumbai. Check for Baleno RS price in Mumbai at Carzprice
Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Bottomline
Let us categorically put this into a conclusion so that you can have a clear head when making subjective decisions. As for the styling, there is a vast room for improvement but evaluating the RS’ exterior is fairly an easy job as you have certain touches that make it sportier. For instance, the aggressive bumpers, black wheels, blackened pillars and satin black finish do elevate its appeal over the standard model but only by a moderate margin. Plainly speaking, the interiors are just as same as the standard Baleno except for some subtly added ingredients like the RS badge on footmats. Performance is the key contributor to the existence of RS and in any phase, we would choose the Boosterjet over the K-Series petrol motor due to its punchy feedback and constant pursuit of speed throughout the rev range. The added weight does come handy in improving the overall stability while rear discs aid in additional stopping power.