GM discontinued the Chevy Sonic in October of the 2020 calendar year, putting the fun-loving little sub-compact to bed in order to make room for new all-electric vehicles. However, despite the nameplate’s discontinuation, diehard fans are keeping the Chevy Sonic alive with interesting customization mods and impressive performance upgrades, including this 300-horsepower hatchback from ZZPerformance.
Based in Michigan, ZZPerformance has built a reputation for churning out high-performance upgrades for a variety of different GM nameplates, including popular models like the Chevy Camaro and Cadillac CTS-V, and less-popular models like the Chevy Sonic. For those readers who may have missed it, ZZPerformance is also the same shop that stuffed 600 horsepower under the hood of a Chevy Cobalt SS to create a front-wheel drive time attack monster.
Now, the shop is showing off its 300-horsepower Chevy Sonic, as driven by YouTuber ThatDudeinBlue. Although 300 horsepower (at the wheels) might not sound like a lot in the age of the 670-horsepower Chevy Corvette Z06 or 1,000-horsepower GMC Hummer EV, 300 is still a sizable sum for the little Chevy Sonic hatchback, and definitely more than enough to plaster a big smile on the face of anyone who drives it.
From the factory, the Chevy Sonic’s turbocharged 1.4L I4 LUV gasoline engine is rated at 138 horsepower at 4,900 rpm and 148 pound-feet of torque at 1,850. Obviously, the four-banger in this particular example is now chucking out quite a bit more, with under-the-hood upgrades including a new Z04 turbocharger, plus all the associated bits and pieces to complement (piping, exhaust, tuning, etc.).
Coupled with some suspension upgrades and extensive aesthetic upgrades for the exterior, and this thing looks like it’s an absolute riot to drive. To underline that fact, the video host takes the ZZPerformance Chevy Sonic out for a test drive around town, laying into the throttle at choice moments and bringing the viewer along for the ride.
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