How About More Power? - 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long-Term Road Test

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Long Term Road Test

2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ: How About More Power?

March 22, 2012


After my back road drive yesterday in our Sonic LTZ, I got to thinking more about the upcoming Sonic RS. Going on sale late this year, the RS will come with a sport-tuned suspension, sport seats, larger wheels and slightly more aggressive styling. The turbocharged 1.4-liter engine will be standard. (At SEMA, Chevy also showed off the Z-Spec line of styling accessories.)

Ah, but there's the question every small car enthusiast is wondering: Will the Sonic get more power, too?

More power is always a good thing in car enthusiast land. And how hard could it be? Just turn up the boost dial up to 11, right? The RS suspension upgrades combined with more horsepower and torque could be a pretty sweet combination.

Ah, but GM has already said that it's not doing an SS version with more power. My suspicion is that it'd cost too much. I doubt GM would want to spend the money on such a niche product. As a subcompact, the Sonic is already a low-volume seller. Now add in the development cost of an SS, including shoring up the drivetrain, ensuring longevity for the turbo-4, stronger brakes, etc. An SS could actually end up being pretty pricey.

That said, I think it'd be cool if GM could at least add a sport exhaust to the RS.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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