Among the countless cool concepts that Chevrolet has shown at this year’s SEMA aftermarket trade show, here is the pair that’s actually grounded in the realm of fathomability for most of us: the Chevrolet Sonic Accessories concept, and Sonic Performance concept.
The Sonic Accessories concept transforms the ho-hum budget city car into something delightfully fashionable. A pair of contiguous matte black stripes carries from the nose of the car up the hood, down the length of the roof and hatch, and terminates at the bottom edge of the rear bumper. Bright white rings surround and highlight the circular headlight and taillight elements, a vibrant yet simple touch reminiscent of the youthful red lipstick around the Volkswagen GTI’s grille.
The Sonic Accessories concept is also fitted with sharp, five-spoke black wheels, and a fresh grille. But where this Accessories concept is all show, the Sonic Performance concept speaks through action. It gets plenty of the same aesthetic touches, mind you, wearing similar (white) stripes down the entire length of the car, but also features a Chevrolet Performance Stage Kit, with cold-air intake and freer-flowing exhaust. The suspension is also lower and track-tuned to lend itself to more aggressive cornering.
The engine upgrades to the Chevrolet Sonic Performance concept reportedly allow for an additional 10 HP and 15 lb-ft. Meanwhile, the modifications to both cars allow for an unspecified quantity more honks and thumbs upped.