This week’s 2011 Detroit Auto Show saw the debut of the brand new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, a new model to replace the Aveo compact and available in both sedan and hatchback bodystyles. While you can get more details on the Sonic at our sister site TheCarConnection
, what we’re more interested in is this sporty new Chevrolet Sonic Z-Spec Concept.
Like the previous RS Concept
that debuted in Detroit last year, the latest show car gives us a preview of what Chevrolet’s funky compact car could be like if given the Z-Spec treatment. Z-Spec, of course, is the name of Chevrolet’s aftermarket division, which will be releasing a host of styling and performance mods for future bow-tie models over the coming years.
Perhaps hinting at the performance potential of its latest hot-hatch, Chevrolet has plastered along the flanks of the concept stickers naming tuning partners Brembo, Recaro, K&N, BBS, Borla and Pedders Suspensions.
Under the hood is expected to be an uprated version of the 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine found in upper-range models for the regular Sonic. Peak output should be higher than the 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque in the standard mill.
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