The 2016 Chevrolet Spark will get the RS treatment for the SEMA show, and the company will gauge interest to see if it should be put into production.
The RS concept adds updated exterior trim pieces, including a carbon fiber front splitter, rocker extensions and a carbon-fiber rear lower extension. The suspension is also lowered, with Corvette z07-inspired, 17-inch alloy wheels. The RS is painted in Dark Liquid Switchblade Silver with RS graphics and badging.
The 2016 Spark is completely updated from the current model. It’s longer and lower than before, with tasteful styling that’s a welcome departure from the current car’s cartoonish styling.
It also has a lowered driving position and updated interior materials and styling. The myLink infotainment system will handle both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay using a 7-inch touchscreen interface.
The best upgrade, though, is under the hood. The Spark’s four-cylinder engine now displaces 1.4 liters and makes 98 horsepower. That may not sound like a lot, but it should be plenty to move the small city car with ease. The increased grunt is channeled to the front wheels through a standard five-speed manual or optional CVT automatic.
Chevrolet did not say whether or not the RS concept features more power than the standard Spark. But with the lowered suspension and 17-inch wheels, the RS should be a capable handler. When matched with the five-speed manual, the RS may be one of the sleeper cars of the year, should it go into production.
The SEMA Show takes place from November 3 to November 6 in Las Vegas. TFLcar will be at the event and will be providing full coverage.
Check out this TFLcar video review of the current generation Spark: