Chevy Spark EV, Cruze Diesel Concepts Head To SEMA
The Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Show is an annual gathering of automakers and aftermarket car part makers with an emphasis on performance and luxury items. This year Chevy is bringing Spark EV and Chevy Cruze Diesel Concept to SEMA, showcasing the customization levels of this tiny electric car and diesel sedan in the right hands.
With 400 ft-lbs of torque on tap, the Chevy Spark EV is no slouch, and engineers based this concept around the idea of going even faster. To wit, Chevy put the Spark EV Tech Performance on a diet, losing weight to increase speed and acceleration while adding stronger axles, and noting that the Spark EV has more torque than the original Chevy Camaro SS.
In addition to a backlit bowtie symbol and a wicked paint job, engineers also added an “activation switch” to the instrument panel…’cause it’s cool lookin’. All in all, GM did create a mini-muscle car of sorts, though they left some easy mods, like better tires and a more-aggressive tune, on the table.
A custom Chevy Cruze Diesel with a 3d Carbon bodykit will also be on hand, getting a custom sound system and ambient lighting as well. It’s a shame GM didn’t go ahead and add some extra power to the 2.0 liter turbodiesel engine under the hood as well. Still, green cars are slowly making their way onto the main stage at events like SEMA, so I have hope that next year we’ll see an even more exciting take on GM’s alt-fuel options.