We like the Chevrolet Spark EV because it's a relatively affordable electric vehicle that's fun to drive, thanks to a respectable 140 horsepower and, more importantly, 400 pound-feet of torque being pumped out of its electric motor. The only major criticism we had regarding the EV in our First Drive were the brakes – they're pretty bad, folks.

As part of its SEMA lineup, Chevy rolled out the Spark EV Tech Performance, which the automaker says features a "unique power-delivery algorithm that enhances acceleration," which we assume is at least partly responsible for raising the car's torque output to 450 lb-ft (which is advertised on its hood and tailgate). That's 52 lb-ft more torque than a Ferrari 458 Italia (which the stock Spark EV has been compared to), in case you're wondering. Stronger axles are equipped to deal with the extra torque, which is put to the ground through tires wrapped around new billet aluminum wheels, but Chevy doesn't say if the braking performance has been improved.

Check out the photo gallery of the Spark EV Tech Performance on the SEMA show floor.


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      john96xlt
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't mind the Spark, it is what it is and it does what it does. I'd certainly take one over the (not)Smart.
      emotodude
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have owned my spark EV for 2 weeks now and I am loving it. Plenty of power, brakes are "adequate", car under-steers on corner entry/braking and over-steers upon exit/throttle. Not terrible, it's manageable, but it is annoying. Suspension and tires are a bit "squidgy" and takes a bit for the car to settle, otherwise, it is an awesome zippy commuter car, perfect for flitting in/out of traffic, the mid-range pickup is surprising, and always being in g the right gear means you can just mash the throttle and go. I do wish they had this "Tech Performance" option and the DC fast charger available this year, I totally would have bought it. But I didn't want to wait any longer.
        dwitz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @emotodude
        Can I ask what you paid? I'm waiting to get one with the DC fast charge option, I'm told it may be January for this to become available.
      RoyEMunson
      • 1 Year Ago
      Need to put this drive-train into a pocket rocket, two door coupe, and sell em like hot cakes. Think Toyota Celica EV for 20-somethings and wanna be 20-somethings.
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RoyEMunson
        Put the drivetrain in a Mazda Mita body and I'll buy day one.
      jupiterzone
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope it comes in other two tone colors besides that green and white exterior. Why doesn't Chevy offer this type of two tone combos for the regular Spark also as an extra cost option? Chevy: are you listening? How about a power sunroof to boot? This would definitely be a deal maker, speaking for myself.
      Mxpress
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks nice, reminds me of the Mexican Taxi VW Beetles, almost the same color scheme...
      Ziv
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Volt has been around for three years and the Spark jumps the queue and gets the SEMA treatment? Where is my Volt SS? LOL! The Spark EV may be a bit, uh, challenged, in the looks department but it grows on you. And 400 ft. lbs. of torque, plus the extra, is not bad....
      jebibudala
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a god awful ugly car. Those headlights are the WORST! All new horrible headlight designs where they consume 98% of the fenders are due to GOVERNMENT REGS GONE WILD!
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jebibudala
        No, the regulations are not why headlights are big. Headlights are big because it's in vogue.
      Koenigsegg
      • 1 Year Ago
      whenever i see one on the road i laugh, ugly thing it is
        thecommentator2013
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        A spark EV driver won't care about your pseudo-smug smile on your face.
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        Dude . . . you drive a Smart ED. Glass houses .. . .
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ugly, ugly little car. Why are those headlamps so enormous? Why does this thing look so buggy! It looks like an insect.
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Winnie Jenkems
        Get over it. It is just a little South Korean econobox. The performance is great.
      Gordon Chen
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm glad Chevy is taking this car seriously. I'm glad it's selling well, too. A few years ago, a car like this would mostly only exist to boost GM's EPA estimates.
        omni007
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Gordon Chen
        They aren't really taking it seriously. It's only available for sale in 2 states, and in extremely low volume.
          CarNutMike
          • 1 Year Ago
          @omni007
          They certainly send a conflicted message. On the one hand, it's a limited production compliance car. On the other, they did go through the trouble of a unique high-torque, low-rpm motor design for better efficiency.
          Spec
          • 1 Year Ago
          @omni007
          South Korea and Canada too!
          Michael Scoffield
          • 1 Year Ago
          @omni007
          Don't forget the entire EU. There GM makes a lot more volume with the Spark in a month compared to the US in a year.
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like these crazy Japanese new-style two tone paintjobs. I'd get one on my hatchback if I could. No question.
      jeff
      • 1 Year Ago
      Too bad, GM has no vision. They could turn a nice little profit with this car if they had good management...
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