• Aug 23rd 2010 at 11:31AM
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Chevrolet Aveo RS concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

In early 2009, General Motors announced it would be putting all high-performance vehicle projects on indefinite hold, citing that the engineering team responsible for these power-happy cars would be moved to different areas within the company. Since then, the only new performance models to come out of GM have been the CTS-V Coupe and Sport Wagon, leaving a huge void in the General's affordable small performance portfolio. The Chevrolet Cobalt SS and HHR SS were discontinued, and the demise of Pontiac and Saturn did away with any GXP and Red Line products.

However, all of this may change in the not-too-distant future. Automotive News reports that Jim Campbell, GM's vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports, has said his company has a tremendous opportunity for new performance entries in the small and compact car markets. This means we should expect higher-output versions of the new Chevrolet Cruze, as well as the upcoming redesigned Aveo – and not just trims that look quick, but go quick too.

We already got a taste of a hotter Aveo in concept form (pictured), and we certainly wouldn't mind a more enthusiastic Cruze, especially since GM still has that 260-horsepower 2.0-liter Ecotec turbocharged four-cylinder engine laying around. We certainly didn't hate the Cobalt SS (far from it), and we think this mill could do wonders in the larger Cruze. What's your vision of the next small performance car from GM? Let us know in the comments.

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Aveo RS would be a nice competitor to the Mini and Fiesta with double the output for less money than the Mini Cooper S even with JCW dealer add-ons. Cruze RS or SS whatever they call it would be good too. Competition in the market I guess would be Civic Si.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Cruze SS would be a great addition, as would an Aveo SS or whatever they would call it.

      It would be best because it would prompt Ford to return fire. A 260HP+ Focus, and a 180HP+ Fiesta would be incredible.
        • 5 Years Ago

        I meant a lower priced variant of the RS, such as a ST/SVT lite version. I did say 260HP+ and not 300+.

        I love the RS model, but I am not willing to drop ~$30K on a FWD Focus.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Cruze SS with a 312-horsepower 2.4-liter Ecotec turbocharged four-cylinder engine "130 hp per liter "

        Cruze RS with a 260-horsepower 2.0-liter Ecotec turbocharged four-cylinder engine " 130 hp per liter "

        Aveo SS with a 208-horsepower 1.6-liter Ecotec turbocharged four-cylinder engine " 130 hp per liter"

        Aveo RS with a 182-horsepower 1.4-liter Ecotec turbocharged four-cylinder engine " 130 hp per liter "

        All four models with 6 speed transmissions in both auto and Manuel.

        SS and RS badging like this SS2.4 T312 RS2.0 T260/ SS1.6 T208 RS1.4 T182

        Aggressive looking body kits with a trunk spoiler like on the old cobalt SS ( not every one taste I know, so let this be a option , so some can have the sleeper look or raceboy look, to fit their tastes
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't think this word everywhere means what you think it does. The RS is sold in Europe.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Aveo SS. Say it with me.

      Cruze SS
      Aveo SS
      Spark SS

      I like it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The GM performance guys did such a good job on the cobalt with the dfi turbo (car and driver had that car beating lexus is-f, evos, and stis in their lightning lap) i must say I'm excited about the prospect of similar-minded people touching their new small cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll have to reserve judgement until I see some results. Putting a new marketing guy in charge of the division just makes me think of sticker jobs.

      I'm ready to be surprised, for now I'm expecting the worst.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm actually waiting for the Aveo RS for my next purchase. I'm going to do naughty, naughty things to it...
        • 5 Years Ago

        Isn't it great that we can talk about having such fun with Ford and GM small cars?

        Oh joy indeed. ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      "We didn't hate the Cobalt SS". Damning with faint praise there.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It was a great car...but in the end it's still a Cobalt, dull as a doornail interior (though it is functional) and the front end is awful...

        This coming from an owner of a XFE coupe.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just 4 words: Rear wheel drive compact. [FT-86 fighter]
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just 4 words: Rear wheel drive compact. [FT-86 fighter]
      Keep it under 2500lbs, with the 260hp LNF from the Cobalt SS. That would be THE sport compact to beat.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As a owner of a GMPD tuned car this will be a great addtion and really is no suprise.

      The GMPD guys have already been tuning the based versions of these cars so I am sure they will have the added bits in the not to distant future.

      Just for the Record GMPD never closed up like so many want to beleive.

      THe Cobalt SS suspension and engine wise was a great car the only thing is it was put on a old car. Lets see what they can do with the new stuff.

      Cruze Coupe? I think this is something else that this anouncment it telling us without words.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sort of off-topic, but I really liked the Cobalt SS sedan way more then the coupe. As much as a lot of you here like 2-doors, I think 4-door performance cars are more likely to sell in the future.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I liked the sedan enough to buy one - looks much better in person than in pictures.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Don't forget about the factory GM Performance Parts LNF Turbo Upgrade Kit for $500-650, depending on the source, that bumps power from 260 to 290 and torque from 260 to 340! They can call it the Aveo SS FTW.

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