By Ronan Glon
Saturday, Feb 2nd, 2013 @ 3:16 pm
 

Russia's Lada has released a full set of details about the performance-oriented Granta Sport that bowed at the Moscow Motor Show last September.

The budget-minded sport sedan is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that has been tuned to churn out 120 horsepower and 118 lb-ft. of torque. Mated to a five-speed close-ratio manual transmission, the mill propels the Granta Sport from zero to 62 mph in 9.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 122 mph. While these performance specifications are not exactly jaw-dropping, the Granta Sport is significantly quicker than its no-frills regular-production counterpart.

To handle the extra grunt, Lada's motorsports department has fitted the sedan with upgraded brakes on all four corners, a lowered and stiffened suspension and a re-calibrated power steering.

Outside, the Granta Sport features a full body kit that consists of side skirts, a trunk-mounted spoiler and aggressive bumpers on both ends. A chromed exhaust tips and race-inspired alloy wheels finish off the look.

The three-spoke steering wheel, the cloth-upholstered bucket seats and the shift boot feature red stitching, creating a sporty interior ambiance that has rarely been found in a road-going Lada. Although the Russian automaker has yet to confirm this, the pictures suggest that the Granta Sport is fitted with a touch screen-based infotainment system.

Contrary to what Lada announced last September, the Granta Sport will not be sold exclusively on the Russian market. A handful of examples will be equipped with safety features such as four airbags and ABS brakes and exported to a number of European countries.

Availability and pricing information will be revealed closer to the car's on-sale date.