Well, this past weekend we took a trip to the 50th Anniversary of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. After all, 24 Hours of unfettered, non-stop Grand Am racing action sounded just like the diversion we needed. Upon arrival, we carefully selected our set-up spot (not so easy, story for another time), set up camp-- then quickly broke camp-- in search of some serious race-infused entertainment. It was long before lo' and behold, a full-on bow tie bonanza, replete with Sonic at center stage!
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Chevy Sonic X-Country Adventure of Firsts: Beeline for the Four Corners
After leaving the sprawling city limits of Las Vegas, we made a mad dash for the Four Corners Monument, the quadripoint at which the states of Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico meet. En route, we hit such colorful towns as Mesquite, NV, Colorado City, AZ, Fredonia, AZ, and too many others to count.
We spent about eight hours racing the sun in order to get to the Four Corners so we could be the first Chevy Sonic to be in four states at once. And, you know what, we did it! Well, sort of... We arrived at the Four Corners Monument just after dark, but we're still keepin' that one as a first!
Chevrolet Sonic Z-Spec 2 at SEMA 2011
LAS VEGAS -- Chevrolet's small cars have a big presence at the 2011 SEMA Show, with tricked-out Sonics and Cruzes showing off the personalization possibilities for a new generation of performance enthusiasts.
Most of the show cars wear conceptual Z-Spec styling enhancements, which are being evaluated for production. Z-Spec is a line of performance, styling, and personalization accessories available at Chevy dealerships.
The Sonic went on sale this fall and the Cruze, while being in the U.S. market for only about a year, has become Chevrolet's best-selling car and the top-selling compact car in the United States calendar year to date. Both cars offer available factory turbocharged powertrains -- with the Sonic offering the only turbo engine in its class.
"The heritage of Chevrolet cars like the Corvette and Camaro is being expressed in smaller packages for the next generation," said Chris Perry, vice president, global marketing and strategy for Chevrolet. "The Sonic and Cruze concepts demonstrate that performance comes in all shapes, sizes and displacements at Chevrolet."
As the only factory turbocharged vehicle in its class and aggressive design, Sonic is ideal for customization and performance -- and that's exactly what the distinctive show cars demonstrate at SEMA. Here's a quick look:
Sonic Z-Spec #1 -- Designers took a turbocharged Sonic five-door and dressed it with concept Z-Spec accessories. They added Z-Spec ground effects, a spoiler, unique grille and graphics package -- then finished it off with a Torch Red exterior and Z-Spec concept 18-inch wheels. Inside, the Cobalt Red cabin features custom trim, including perforated black suede seat inserts, a Z-Spec sport pedal kit, sport shift knob and a racing-style flat-bottom steering wheel. Additional upgrades include performance brakes with four-piston calipers, a new high-flow Exhaust system and performance suspension parts.
Sonic Z-Spec #2 -- The next Sonic concept -- in Flat White with Torch Red accents -- builds on concept Z-Spec accessories with a more aggressive ground effects package, unique grille, rear spoiler and graphics package. It rides on Z-Spec concept 18-inch wheels and also includes a re-trimmed interior with Z-Spec sport pedal kit, Z-Spec sport shift knob and a flat-bottom steering wheel. It also features custom racing seats with the Z-Spec logo. The factory powertrain features the 1.4L turbo engine and six-speed manual transmission. Performance upgrades include brakes with four-piston calipers, a high-flow Exhaust system and suspension parts.
Sonic Z-Spec 4D Concept -- The more formal look of the Sonic sedan lends itself to a touring car-style motif, which this Ashen Grey Metallic concept picks up with concept Z-Spec ground effects, rear spoiler, grille, "Chevrolet" graphics and larger Z-Spec concept 18-inch wheels. As with its five-door counterparts, this Sonic features a re-trimmed interior -- in Dark Titanium with Cobalt Red accents -- Z-Spec sport pedal kit, aluminum sport shift knob and a flat-bottom steering wheel (trimmed with Cobalt Red suede). The factory turbo 1.4L engine and six-speed manual transmission are complemented by performance upgrades that include four-piston caliper brakes, a high-flow Exhaust system and suspension parts.
Sonic Dusk -- The most subtle of the Sonic concepts is the Dusk. It features a Berlin Blue exterior, with a mild concept ground effects package, unique grille treatment and 18-inch concept wheels in dark Galvano Silver. Even the lights are tinted blue for a sophisticated statement. The Mojave leather interior has custom seat inserts, Z-Spec shift knob with satin chrome trim, Z-Spec sport pedals and accessory interior trim kit. The Sonic Dusk also features a suede-trimmed, flat-bottom steering wheel, custom audio system and brake and suspension upgrades.
Chevrolet is keeping a few super-secret Sonics under wraps until the SEMA show, each representing an even higher level of performance and personalization.
A pair of custom Cruze sedans demonstrates what is possible with conceptual accessories and a little creativity.
Cruze Z-Spec -- Wearing concept Z-Spec ground effects, 18-inch custom wheels, an accessory spoiler and a high-flow grille, the Cruze Z-Spec has the looks and feel of a taut touring car. The exterior appearance of this Cruze is enhanced with a new stripe package that will be available soon, while on the inside are special seat inserts, a racing-style pedal kit, accessory shift knob and interior trim, as well as a new steering wheel.
Cruze Dusk -- Complementing the Sonic Dusk concept, the Cruze Dusk suggests a more subtle and sophisticated approach to personalization, including a mild concept ground effects package, a unique grille treatment and dark-tinted wheels. The interior has custom seat inserts, along with an accessory shift knob, sport pedals, interior trim kit, a suede-trimmed steering wheel and a custom audio system.
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Sonic Hatchback was made to be on the move. You can see it in the dynamic lines and aggressive, ready-to-pounce stance. Or feel it with the available ECOTEC® 1.4L turbocharged engine with 6-speed manual transmission, the only turbocharged engine in its class. It's the most fun-to-drive car and offers 40 MPG highway3. You'll feel the difference within seconds, because Sonic offers the most available torque in its class, achieved 0-to-60 mph in 8.2 seconds on the test track, and boasts fine-tuned ride and handling.
Sonic keeps every detail in mind, including you and your passengers' comfort and safety—it's the first and only car in its class18 with 10 standard air bags4 and comes with the support of OnStar®5, standard for six months. No wonder it's also a 2011 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). There's also flexible cargo space in the back so you can find the right configuration for just about anything.
Stay connected while you're out and about. Bluetooth® wireless technology6 allows you to stream your favorite audio services on select smartphones, and connect to your Sonic through mobile apps7. It's the power of Sonic in the palm of your hand.
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Sonic wants to go for a ride. Are you game?
Go ahead and load it up
That hatchback is good for more than just a sporty look. Sonic offers flexible cargo space with 19 cubic feet and up to 30.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down9. With its 60/40 split folding rear seats you'll be able to find a configuration that's just right. Sonic even gives you unique storage solutions for everything you want to keep within reach including upper and lower glove boxes. Bringing a water bottle with you? There are holders incorporated right into the front doors. Have a tendency to misplace your parking stubs? Not anymore with the specialized holder right in the dash. There's a smart way to make use of space, and the Sonic Hatchback is brilliant.
40 MPG hwy3—so many miles, so little gas
The only turbocharged engine in its class
Be forewarned: After you take your friends for a ride they may begin to show signs of Sonic envy because when you turbocharge the drive, things get a whole lot more interesting. Sonic achieved 0-to-60 mph in 8.2 seconds on the test track with its available turbocharged engine offering 138 horsepower and 148 lb.-ft. of torque. That's the most torque in its class. You'll soon find out that Sonic is the most fun-to-drive car and it offers 40 MPG hwy3.
Imagine a road trip from Boston to Philadelphia, New Orleans to Houston, or Los Angeles to San Francisco on one full tank of gas. Sonic turbo offers up to 488 highway miles on a single tank of gas. Engineering technology in performance and design makes it possible. Its available 1.4L turbocharged engine offers 40 MPG on the highway3 without sacrificing its power and athleticism. There's a lot that goes into making a car as fuel efficient as possible, which translates into money in your pocket after the pump and more time spent out in the world.
Stay in the loop while out and about
Getting into your car just got easier because Sonic keeps you connected to your friends and entertainment on the go. Sonic offers extensive technology features like available Bluetooth® wireless technology for select phones6 that allows you to take calls while keeping your hands on the wheel, or OnStar® Turn-by-Turn Navigation standard for six months5. And with the available USB port10 and SiriusXM Satellite Radio with a three-month trial on most models11, you get the music and entertainment you want, when you want it.
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SEMA 2011: Behind The Scenes with Sonic Insider
After whipping some Sonics around at the GM Media Drive, we made a beeline for the Las Vegas Convention Center, which was still being prepped for today's SEMA 2011 kick-off. Our man on the spot, SonicInsider.com's own, photog extraordinaire, Lucas Priamo, took us behind the scenes for a quick look at what was to come...
SonicInsider Chats With Neil Tjin
While at SEMA, one of our highlights was getting to interview a handful of the Sonic concept vehicle builders. Here, SonicInsider.com's Andy Williamson spends some time with renowned builder, Neil Tjin, of the Tjin Edition Roadshow, discussing his unique race-inspired Sonic sedan.