Super Sport. It is to Chevrolet what SRT is to Dodge, or what SVT, RS and ST are at Ford. In other words, the initials SS signal performance intent, and though Chevy has, in the past, sullied the SS moniker with ho-hum versions of already ho-hum cars and trucks, it won't be repeating the same mistake again by slapping the label on anything but true high-performance machinery.

As such, it comes as little surprise to hear that John Buttermore, lead development engineer for the 2012 Chevy Sonic, told Wards Auto that the company is not working on an SS version of the new B-segment player. But that doesn't mean Chevrolet will abandon the enthusiast crowd completely with the Sonic.

Note that there's an optional 1.4-liter turbocharged engine already on offer in the Sonic, and while it's not going to set any drag-strip records, it acquits itself just fine when mated up with the six-speed manual gearbox. Plus, Buttermore promises that the 2013 model year will bring with it a few performance packages for those wanting just a wee bit more punch from their otherwise basic transportation offering. We look forward to finding out more.


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      Darnell Robeson
      • 3 Years Ago
      To all the negative comments I read on here by idiots..alll the reviews ive read from Autoblog, Car and Driver, Motor Trend, Insideline...etc...praises the car for its great handling, performance and its fit & finish...making a great car greater is only a good thing. Good job GM
        JF1GE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Darnell Robeson
        indeed, good job GM for having Koreans design and build your sub compacts. After more than a century making cars they still can't make a half decent sub-compact themselves.
          Renaurd
          • 3 Years Ago
          @JF1GE
          For your information, the Sonic will be built in the US and the engineering is from Opel. Now get your bicycle out of your moms flower bed.
          Danaon
          • 3 Years Ago
          @JF1GE
          Based on a platform engineered by Opel, built in America. Also, all reviews have been pretty positive so far. 0/3.
          EB110Americana
          • 3 Years Ago
          @JF1GE
          I've read in several places where engineers from the Corvette team worked on the suspension/chassis. And the 1.4L engine is also geared for the US market (the Cruze went on sale globally but waited for NA until the 1.4L was ready and being produced here). It's a global car flexing all of GM's global muscle.
      FriskyDingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      ".......but it won't be an SS." Good, it's about time they stopped pasting that on everything w/ a power increase, bigger wheels, and the monochromatic treatment. This could be a sweet car. It's already got great handling, and good power. Definitely potential here for a fun car.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was SHOCKED to see the Sonic coming in 2nd place in the latest issue of Car&Driver. It beat out cars that I was sure were going to trounce it, including the new Kia Rio, Hyundai Accent and Toyota Yaris. Only car that beat it was the Honda Fit. I can't remember the last time GM had an actually competitive small car.... its amazing what happens when you get the fear of death in you and you stop letting the goddamn accountants run the show.
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      Shane Gardner
      • 3 Years Ago
      Super Sonic with an electric yellow paint job.
      EB110Americana
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't see what's so wrong about calling the Sonic an SS if it's done right--and GM has all the off-the-shelf mojo to do it right. I completely think the Cobalt SS was worthy of the name, especially the turbo LNF version. Chevy already said they weren't going to do a Cruze SS, so I was really hoping that meant hot-hatch SS Sonic fun. The Sonic seemed the more extroverted, lighter, sportier choice for a sport compact, so I was waiting to see where they were going with it. Why just cede the entire market to cars like the Mini Cooper S, Mini JCW, Fiesta ST, Focus ST, MazdaSpeed 3, WRX, Lancer Ralliart, Golf GTi, and Jetta GLi? Okay, so it's not the largest market in the world, but with all the press coverage these cars get, it's advertising money well spent--and you're still selling more cars with that investment! GM, you already dumped a lot of your loyal customers when you dumped Pontiac, are you looking to alienate the performance crowd completely?
      whofan
      • 3 Years Ago
      A hot version of this car with a manual tranny would be a blast to drive.
      OSO
      • 3 Years Ago
      SCCA HAS SPEC - B CLASS FOR THE SONIC. THEY WILL RACE WITH THE PRELLI TIRE WORLD CHALLENGE CARS. THE CLASS INCLUDES FORD, FIAT,MAZDA, MINI,HONDA, KIA,NISSAN AND TOYOTA.
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        Darnell Robeson
        • 3 Years Ago
        Car & Driver just did a comparo with the Sonic and a bunch of Japanese and Korean small cars....Sonic finished in 2nd out of 6th just a few points behing the all-conquering Honda Fit...why u continue to make an ass of yourself on here is just unbeleivable
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        So we're trolls because we prove you wrong all the time on every negative comment you post towards an American manufacturer?
        Renaurd
        • 3 Years Ago
        Dumbass.
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        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        America hates sub-compact cars? Really now? Is that why it's hard for Ford dealerships to keep the Fiesta on their lots? What about the thousands of orders that Chevy has been receiving for the Sonic? The Honda Fit, Nissan Versa, Hyundai Accent/Kia Rio have all been hot sellers.
      Autoblogist
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd like to see a hotter Cruze, the sales have already justified. A more powerful version. 250hp or even the 220hp version that will see duty in it's sister car the Verano would be great.
        Rotation
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Autoblogist
        But the Cobalt SS seemed to show that hot cars in that segment only sell as coupes. And there is no 2 door Cruze.
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          Rotation
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rotation
          I got it. We'll split the difference. Make the Cruze SS a hot hatch. The vehicle already exists overseas and it looks fantastic. If the Golf and Mazda 3 can sell in hot hatches, the Cruze can too.
      Anthony Evelyn
      • 3 Years Ago
      No SS for Sonic. But unleash the Z Spec Sonic!
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