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2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS - Super Sonic

Introducing Our 2013 SEMA Project Car!

Super Street Staff
Dec 11, 2013

Ok, we get it: Chevy’s little Sonic probably isn’t for you and is far from being the first thing that pops into your mind when you think of Super Street. We felt the same way at first. But you know, this thing isn’t half bad. So how do we make it better? Well, we could try to make this thing faster…but Modified’s got that dialed. We could slam it, stance it out…but Import Tuner (go figure) is taking the lead there. If we can manage the typical route of building from three basic categories—wheels, bolt-on performance and lowering—is there any more we can do to up the cool level of the Sonic? We’re about to find out…

For this year’s SEMA Show, we’ve all partnered up with Chevy to take on their turbocharged Sonic to see what varying levels we can take the car to. But when it came to what it is we want to do with this car, we thought about: how can we make it just a little bit more exciting than just doing the usual? However, we can’t tell you exactly what that is quite yet—you know, build up a little anticipation! We opted for the top model from the Sonic lineup, the RS, which has more aggressive aero styling, rear disk brakes, leather seats, (optional) sunroof and a system that thumps pretty hard. For now, we’ve been breaking the car in and getting to know its high points and quirks, and we can already say that it’s surprising us in more positive ways than we originally thought. The 1.4-liter engine, while turbocharged, is quick to run its paces up to sixth gear but just as fast loses steam so it will need some help in the power department. It’s also roomy enough to carry our entire crew to lunch but you can expect that we’ll eliminate comfort in some shape or form as this project comes to completion. All I can really say is that we’re hoping to turn heads with this Sonic, so come to SEMA with an open mind and to see the finished project!

What do you think of the idea of us building a Chevy Sonic? Drop us a quick note on Twitter (@SuperStreetMag) and hashtag #SSSonic. You can also keep tabs on all three cars by visiting sonic-powered.com.

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