A pair of ‘super’ Sonics leads the compact charge into SEMA, each packing enhancements for their turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engines, along with suspension, exterior and interior mods. The first, and most likely to reach production, is the Sonic RS concept. Many of its upgrades are already available through the Chevrolet Performance catalog. They include an intake kit and high-flow exhaust system, track-tuned suspension and upgraded brakes with Wilwood calipers at the front. The exterior gets a bright yellow paint finish and inside the theme is similar.
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One concept even smaller than the Sonics is the Spark EV Tech Performance concept. This concept builds on the Spark EV’s stock electric motor with a unique power-delivery algorithm that enhances acceleration. Stronger axles support the greater twisting forces. It can go from 0-60 mph in 7.5 seconds.
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Similar in theme to the Urban Cool Impala is the Malibu LTZ concept, which gets a sporty new look delivering greater style. A Borla exhaust system lends a throatier note to the 259-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a new intake system helps boost performance.
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Importantly, many of the features previewed on the concepts will be made available through dealers. However, some are still being evaluated for production. In previous years, we’ve seen some of Chevy’s SEMA concepts lead to the production stage so if you like what you see let your local Chevy dealer know.
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