Chevy Spark EV, Cruze Diesel Concepts Head To SEMA

 

2013-sema-chevrolet-sparkev-008-1The 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.

Source: Chevrolet





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  • Jason Carpp

    Pretty cool looking car. I’d love to see it with a diesel engine under the hood here in North America.

  • UncleB

    Diesel – only way to go!

    • Jason Carpp

      I agree. Whoever provides the diesel engine, let’s just hope Chevrolet builds the components that can withstands the compression, the horsepower, the torque, that diesel engines are known for.

  • danwat1234

    The diesel Cruze at EPA 27city/46hwy, 33MPG combined whereas the 2014 Carolla with the Valvematic engine is 30city/42hwy, 35MPG combined and the 2014 Fiesta with the 1L 3cylinder ~124HP engine is rated at 32city/45highway, 37MPG combined. The VW Passat TDI’s real world average is at about 40MPG (fuelly) which isn’t bad but not that much better than modern gas cars.

    So why is diesel awesome? Even with diesel having around 14% more energy than gasoline, the MPG numbers aren’t that far ahead.

    I do like the Spark EV, but unable to lease in my state