• 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Rocky Carmichael Concept

The Chevrolet Sonic has a new BFF. His name is Ricky Carmichael and you probably know him as a 15-time American Motorcycle Association (AMA) champion and a three-time X-Games gold medalist.

Recently, Carmichael was tapped by Chevrolet to help design a special edition Sonic for the 2011 SEMA Auto Show. The result between the two-party collaboration is the Sonic All Activity Vehicle - Ricky Carmichael Concept, a car that comes fully equipped with everything for all the adventure-seeking individuals out there.

Known for being a thrill nut, Carmichael wanted a concept that would highlight elements of an activity-focused hatch. Together with Chevrolet, he designed the Sonic to carry a slew of exterior highlights that fit right into his wheelhouse, including a Blue Pearlized Satin Black exterior, a THULE Roof Rack with an S-Works mountain bike and Hyperlite wakeboard with custom graphics, a Number 4 hood decal, an Electric Green signature on the lower rear doors, new splash guards, concept Z-Spec ground effects, Z-Spec grille and Z-Spec spoiler, and a new set of custom 18" wheels with a gloss black finish with green lips.

Meanwhile, the interior of the Sonic also carries plenty of Carmichael-inspired elements. There’s a Dark Green/Jet Black leather-trimmed instrument panel and door trim with Lime Green piping and stitching. The seat inserts carry FOX Racing boardshorts material while the trim accents are dressed in satin chrome. Likewise, there’s also a concept billet aluminum shifter knob, all-weather floor mats, a rear cargo organizer, a concept sound system, and the man’s own signature with Number 4 on driver and front passenger seats, making for a totally unique interior look.

The Sonic All Activity Vehicle – Ricky Carmichael Concept reflects the decorate driver’s high-performance personality. No wonder Chevy asked him to work on the car.

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  (382) posted on 04.25.2012

The design of the car itself its classy and beautiful, but somehow, its concept makes it look funny. Anyway, it is its function, so I don’t need to say more.

  (449) posted on 12.7.2011

Ricky Carmihael really did a great work on this concept! The activity-focused hatch, which is the highlight element that he wanted to do on this sonic truly looks so perfect! Well, keep it up!

  (526) posted on 11.10.2011

Sonic Rocky is one of the most impressive and good-looking Chevrolet vehicles that I saw today! I also love the rack on its roof that purposely designed for wakeboard and mountain bike!

  (428) posted on 11.9.2011

I wonder if what will be the interior of this one, will look like? Well, I hope it was impressive as well as its exterior appearance. Anyway, the simple graphic design of this Sonic is absolutely looks so awesome on it.

  (374) posted on 11.9.2011

I wonder if this Sonic is a sport car or only a sedan? Anyway, just like them, I am also so impressed with the aesthetic looks that this one had, but I hope that the engine of it, will be quite good enough for it.

  (449) posted on 11.8.2011

This one would surely one of their best-selling cars! smiley Well, another success for Chevrolet for the next year! Anyway, as for the looks of their concept, I must say that it is so awesome and lovely which no one can’t resist!

  (453) posted on 11.4.2011

Wow! That was really a great picture! smiley Anyway, Chevrolet truly never disappoints me on their cars, because they are certifiably targeting a performance minded car, just like this awesome concept of them, so cool!

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