While Lada currently flexes its performance muscles in the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) with a racing version of the Lada Vesta, the car maker is not exactly renowned for producing road cars with impressive performance.
However, the announcement of the Kalina NFR, a sporty version of the standard Kalina, might suggest Lada has its sights set on breaking the mould.
Billed as its fastest production car, the Kalina NFR sports a 1.6-litre naturally-aspirated engine which Lada claims will produce 100kW of power and 154Nm of torque, giving it a claimed 0-100km/h time of 9.2 seconds and a top speed of 203km/h.
With the Kalina NFR aimed mainly at motorsport teams, it could be poised to replace Lada’s current WTCC weapon of choice in the Vesta, which produces 78kW/148Nm in road-going spec.
According to Lada, the warm hatch features a tuned suspension and steering system, as well as bigger and more efficient brakes than the base model.
Inside, the Kalina NFR will include heated seats and mirrors, parking sensors and an audio system featuring a 7.0-inch display. All for a mere US$12,139 ($16,091).
According to Lada, only 50 Kalina NFRs will be produced initially and all are likely be destined solely for track duties.
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