Car reviews - Holden - Barina - 3-dr hatch
9 May 2001
THE Barina suspension comprises MacPherson stuts with triangulated wishbones and gas-filled struts at the front, and a torsion beam configuration with trailing arms and coil springs at the rear. Close attention has been paid to the damping bushes at the front - the aim being to provide more precise wheel control - while a more complex hydro-mount attached to the front wishbones and supported by the subframe is also used to increase ride comfort and refinement. Spring rates and stabiliser bars have also been tuned to deliver a good ride/handling combination Barina uses a 22 Nm/mm spring rate at the front axle and has 17mm diameter stabiliser bars front and rear.
Did you know?Barina now has a Dynamic Safety (DSA) chassis that aims to improve driver control. When braking on surfaces with partially wet surfaces, for example, the toe angle at the wheel with more grip will automatically increase to counteract any tendency for the car to break away or skid sideways
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