On this episode of The Smoking Tire we’re shown just how feasible it is to turn a Chevrolet Cruze Eco into a fun, track-capable sports sedan. Or at the very least, an entertaining canyon carver.
That’s right – a front-wheel drive econobox Cruze, and Matt Farah likes it. He’s particularly fond of GM Delta platform vehicles, describing the architecture as responsive and predictable. Of course the suspension on this Cruze has been moderately tweaked, utilizing Eibach lowering springs with stock shock absorbers.
This Chevy Cruze Eco has also been fitted with an Injen cold-air intake, stainless-steel brake lines, Hawk Performance brake pads, and an aftermarket tune. It makes a spritely 170 horsepower or so from its 1.4L turbocharged engine, and can hold its own at an autocross event.