Since the announcement of the Chevy Sonic/Aveo — as well as its larger brother, the Cruze — motoring enthusiasts around the world (us included) have been clamoring for high-performance variants of both vehicles. In fact, both the Sonic/Aveo and Cruze have excellent chassis configurations that make both small cars very fun to drive, except for the fact that both are powered by very unexciting engines (that also applies to the Sonic RS. But all that may change.
According a new report, GM is working on a Sonic SS that will be powered by the automaker’s new 1.6 liter direct-injected and turbo-charged Ecotec engine. The boosted four-banger has a maximum output of 200 horsepower and 221 lb.-ft. of torque, which pretty much puts the rumored high-performance Sonic directly in competition with Ford’s upcoming Fiesta ST (180 hp, 177 lb.-ft. of torque). Besides the much-needed engine upgrades, the Sonic SS will also reportedly receive more potent brakes, suspenders, and steering mechanics.
Of course, this is all just a rumor at this point.