Next week at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Chevrolet will have on display a hotrod Tech Performance version of its Spark EV.
It won’t go “vroom-vroom” like gas-powered Chevy models also to be there that sport high-flow exhausts, and we’re not sure if the EV will sound like “woosh” either, but Chevrolet is probably hoping for a few “oohs” and “ahhhs” from spectators with the trick-looking subcompact at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show Nov 5-8.
Actually calling it a hotrod may be a stretch as the key powertrain mods don’t involve bigger batteries or motor, but it will have a “unique power delivery algorithm” and sturdier axles.
The little EV actually comes stock with 400 pounds-feet of torque but launch control prevents it from doing smoky front-wheel-drive burnouts every where it goes.
Chevrolet notes the stocker has more torque than a 1969 Camaro SS with 350 V8, and if the modified Spark EV at SEMA needs stronger axles, it is likely quicker from 0-60 mph than the stocker’s modestly respectable time of 7.5 seconds.
The company makes no acceleration claims however for the modified “mini-muscle car,” but here’s a list of other upgrades:
• Custom exterior color and graphics, a unique backlit Chevrolet “bowtie” emblem in the grille and performance billet aluminum wheels
• Chevrolet Accessory sill plates, floor mats and pedal covers
• Body-color trim plates and green stitching on the shifter boot and steering wheel
• A military-style flip-up “activation switch” on the instrument panel adds a fun, high-performance-oriented touch of style to this plug-in performer
• Lightweight features that enhance performance