GM Wants a Rear-Wheel-Drive Sports Car

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Chevrolet Code 130R Concept

A few months ago, rumors started floating around about an entry-level, rear-wheel-drive sports car in GM’s lineup that would target models similar to Scion FR-S .

Now, in a recent interview with Automotive News, General Motors North America President Mark Reuss revealed that he would like to see a lightweight, rear-wheel-drive sports car in Chevrolet’s lineup.

Reuss told Automotive News "A really nice, light, rear-drive car that’s inexpensive - we know that rings a bell. That would be a huge win for us if we had that." However, such a model is still not on the drawing board, but GM already played with the idea when it unveiled the Code 130R Concept at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show .

If built, the new sports car will not be developed on GM’s Alpha platform; instead, GM is considering a platform that is "really scaleable and efficient." The model will also not feature the same design language we have seen in the Code 130R because it is "already dated."

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Code 130R Concept.

Chevrolet Code 130R Concept

Chevrolet Code 130R Concept

Code 130R Concept was unveiled at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. It was a four-seat coupe believed to preview an affordable sports coupe aiming at a new generation of young buyers.

The concept featured design language that was new to Chevrolet with its aggressive front fascia, Chevrolet fender flares, an all-new red metallic paint finish, and a set of 20-inch matte anodized gold wheels.

Under the hood, Chevrolet placed a 1.4-liter EcoTec turbocharged engine that produced 150 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. The engine was mated to a standard six-speed automatic transmission.


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