Chevrolet hasn’t offered a sporty SS variation of the Malibu mid-size sedan since 2007, but if recent spy shots from The Fast Lane Car are any indication, that might be subject to change. The photos show an eighth-generation Malibu with wheels from the Buick Regal GS, dual exhausts and test equipment, leading to speculation that a performance variant of the car may be under development.
According to TFL Car, when the Malibu prototype drove past their vehicle, they could hear the turbo spool up. This could be indication that the faster Malibu will use a more powerful version of the 259 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged LTG engine, which already sits under the hood of both Regal GS and Malibu Turbo.
Even though this is all speculation, TFL Car does say the car in question “moves/sounds like a Regal GS,” so we’re assuming it has all-wheel drive, too. For now, it’s a mystery if this is a Malibu SS prototype or not. Chevy spokesman, Michael Albano, did recently tell Car and Driver the brand is looking at “developing variants of existing products that appeal to consumers and build on our performance heritage,” so it may not be too far out of the question.