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2010 Chevy Cruze Z-Spec Concept

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The Cruze already has a pretty decent “globalized” look to it from the factory that is better than the outgoing Cobalt . Sold in over 60 countries worldwide, this car represents a sizable part of GM’s global market share, meaning it has to be very good to meet the demands of consumers – and it is. The 1.4 liter turbocharged 4-pot under the bonnet provides sufficient power whilst still maintaining great gas mileage. But as we on TopSpeed know, like anything else from the factory, it could be better, and that’s why the Z-Spec Concept has been created.

Chevrolet wanted to create a unique showcase of an Americanized, sporty-looking Cruze, fitted with a range of factory-engineered parts to set it apart from your average model. More and more people are customizing their vehicles and Chevy have now created a means for their customers to do so through the Z-Spec. One of the cool features apart from the additions to the car itself, is that all these accessories are available as optional parts from your dealer, meaning you can build their cost into your monthly repayments. We particularly like that.

Hit the jump for details of the modifications.

Source: GM USA

Exterior Mods

Chevy Cruze Z-Spec Concept

As mentioned earlier, we like the look of the Cruze, and the chaps down at Ground Effects have done their best to enhance the look. The Z-Spec features a full plastic bodykit, comprising of front and rear bumper add-ons, side skirts, and a rear spoiler. We’re not sold on the new Dark SpectraFlair Orange paint job, but you never know, it could grow on you. The sporty look is complimented by light weight 19” BBS wheels, a custom go-faster stripe, and the street racer vinyls down the side. The rear diffuser is a welcome functional piece that adds a bit more menace to the overall look.

Interior Mods

Chevy Cruze Z-Spec Concept

The interior is actually our favorite part of the Cruze and sees quality race-inspired goodies making their way into the mix. The most notable of which are the Recaro bucket seats and flat-bottomed steering wheel, complete wheel with Z-Spec logo. The entire interior has been re-trimmed in matching leather with custom embroidered Z-Spec floor mats, giving a quality to feel to the cabin.

Performance Mods

Chevy Cruze Z-Spec Concept

The little 1.4 liter turbo lump isn’t exactly gonna set your pants on fire. The Z-Spec designers have called upon some of the most reputable names in the game to help give the Cruze a little more poke. Borla have pitched in with a performance exhaust that’ll no doubt free up some horses and sound good while doing it, while induction specialist K&N have designed a cold air intake system as well. Helping to keep those extra ponies in check is a complete Brembo brake kit that looks right at home behind the BBS wheels. The car also handles better and sits closer to the ground thanks to a Pedders sport suspension setup that gives the Cruze the sporty facet it was missing.




15 comments:

If they differ in performance, engine and styling, these mean that they are not similar. Back to the car, I like the interior design of the car, especially the carpeted seats and floor.

hmm. Guess you’re right on that Colby but just by looking at all the car in the market. I think they are all look similar. However the only difference is the performance, styling,
and the engine used in the car.

I’m not going to lie but the Chevy Cruze is somewhat similar to Matte White Mercedes Benz SLS AMG. now go ahead and dump on that opinion if you will, but you know it’s kinda true.

Ever notice how WTG is just one keystroke from WTF? WTCC is fun to watch. Wish we could add it in the US, at least help make up for the lack of USGP here.

Look at how well the VW and Mazda hatches sell. The auto manufacturer just needs to get the equation just right for the American public to want to buy the hatch.

Americans like hatches, however that buyer is a select target audience. Much as the same way of a coupe or even and SUV. I see this target audience as twenty somethings and people in their early thirties.

the volt looks real good, but why does the cruze look so stale already and it hasn’t been out that long

I cannot go back to normal lights after having HIDs, they make the road so much clearer, where i live we have a lot of deer and the side to side coverage is amazing.

So I’m guessing Z-Spec is what Chevy is going to do to keep SS more "core" using it for more the body kit and slight suspension tune editions.

MIKEDB2618
100% agree. Not only does GM produce no good hatchbacks, but none of the domestic brands do.
Ford stop9ed making the Focus hatch(needed update anyways).
All we have are tiny, useless cars like the Fiesta and Aveo. Make a Mazda3 competitor.

Sure wish the Cruze was offered with the 2.0 turbo engine, that would be a fun little ride.

When i first saw the exterior I was extremely impressed! but for me the interior is just okay..

I WORKED AT THE FACILITY THAT PRODUCES THE CRUZE IN LORDSTOWN. WHY DON’T THEY BRING US (THE USA) THE HATCHBACK VERSION OF THE CRUZE? IM IN THE MARKET FOR A NEW CAR, AND THAT WOULD BE ON THE TOP OF MY LIST. SMALLISH, STYLISH, PRACTICAL AND SPORTY ENOUGH. THEY NEED ANOTHER VARIANT OF THE CRUZE AT THE FACILITY AND CHEVY IN GENERAL. THERE ARE NO NICE, OR EVEN DECENT, HATCHES IN THE GM STABLE.

What happened to the 40mpg highway rating? The Chevy website shows 24/36 city/highway. The current Cobalt is 25/37.

I am really considering getting this car in the future. Great gas mileage, reliability, and a much improved interior over the Cobalt.
But there is a problem. NO MANUAL TRANSMISSION WITH THE 1.4L TURBO!?!?!
I guess I will have to save $2,000 and get the 1.8L. I can’t do without a manual. (also the manual is about $1,000 cheaper than auto)

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