Chevrolet Sonic Z-Spec

2011 Detroit Auto Show

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    Chevrolet Sonic Z-Spec Picture

    Chevrolet Sonic Z-Spec. | January 11, 2011

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2011 Detroit Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • A "concept study" of Chevy's new baby car previews new line of sporting accessories.
  • An earlier version debuted at last fall's SEMA show.
  • Brembo brake calipers, Recaro seats, BBS wheels and Michelin rubber are among the goodies.

DETROIT — When we sent the first dispatch Monday on the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, the bowtie folks neglected to inform us there'd be a surprise on Chevy's stand at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show: The Sonic Z-Spec.

Chevy still hasn't revealed many details on the car, which was previewed in early November at the 2010 SEMA Auto Show, where the General Motors division launched what it called the Z-Spec Concept — "a cohesive design approach to Chevy accessories." Included in the Las Vegas display were Z-Spec editions of the Cruze, the Volt and what was then called Spark (which since has morphed into Sonic).

The latest version of the car — still billed as a concept study, but surely under consideration for production — is rendered in black with orange accents. The Sonic Z-Spec features orange-painted 18-inch BBS wheels shod with Michelin performance tires, orange Brembo four-piston calipers and tan leather Recaro buckets with orange stitching.

The little screamer also sports Pedders suspension bits and a Borla exhaust with oversize chrome outlets.

The aero body kit consists of front and rear aprons, side skirts and a rear wing.

No word yet on engine specs, but look for an uprated version of the 138-horsepower Ecotec 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. says: Yes! — Paul Lienert, Correspondent

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