Power. Not a word that you would normally associate with a Chevy Malibu. However, Chevrolet has decided to change that stereotype with the announcement of their new 2013 Malibu Turbo Concept. Chevy’s new brain-child is planned on being unveiled at the 2012 SEMA Show which kicks off on October 30th.
The beefed-up Malibu’s unusual power is derived from a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that coughs up 259 horsepower. This allows the car’s 0-60 time to be 6.3 seconds making it, quite unsurprisingly, the fastest production Malibu ever in comparison to the normal version’s mere 182 horsepower. The performance engine also urges the car onto a top speed of 155 mph.
Luckily, when Chevy made this car, they did not forgot that not every road across the world is straight. The car is fitted with another concept by Chevy for the suspension, called the HiPer Strut. The car wears Pirelli PZero 255/35ZR20 tires that wrap around new 20×8.5-inch aluminum wheels. Those wheels are gripped by six-piston front brake calipers (again, a concept).
With all that concept power and concept handling, the new 2013 Chevy Malibu Turbo Performance Concept not only acts the part, but it also looks the part. These luscious looks are based primarily off of the original Malibu, but appear to have been later influenced by aerodynamics. The car is provided with a lower stance by the front splitter, rockers and rear diffusers thanks to the ground effects package. The grill has been lowered as well. The interior is also wrapped in suede and leather on the dashboard, steering wheel, shift boot, and door panels.
The new Malibu is only one of a handful of performance car concepts that will be revealed by Chevrolet at this year’s SEMA show. However, being surrounded by Sonic and Spark performance concepts. this car should hopefully stand out a bit more as being a better alternative to a regular Malibu with thousands of dollars worth of aftermarket parts on it. That is if people do that in the first place. -B.C.