Chevy WTCC Ultra concept to debut in Paris

The Chevrolet WTCC Ultra will be in the center of the automaker's stand at the Paris Motor Show later this month. The WTCC Ultra is a ready-to-drive concept, according to Chevy, that "bends the present World Touring Car Championship regulations". Chevy says it was designed by a team around the globe, which makes sense if one compares the highly exaggerated front grille to the one found on this Chevy Malibu test mule in the States. It's stubby, muscular proportions, though, are supposed to suggest it's going fast when standing still. A 190-hp diesel engine powers the WTCC Ultra when it actually is going fast. Renderings are great fun, but we're very interested to see for ourselves in person how this concept's styling transfers into plastic and steel.

(More pics and Chevy's press release after the jump)

[Source: GM Europe)

Press release:

Exciting Chevrolet study WTCC Ultra celebrates world premiere

Striking design: Ready-to-drive racecar study with radical contours
Further novelties: Chevrolet Epica Diesel, Chevrolet Captiva

Zurich/Paris. An athlete takes centre stage: The exciting racecar study WTCC Ultra will be the highlight of the Chevrolet Europe presentation at the Paris Motor Show from September 30 to October 15, 2006. The ready-to-drive concept car was developed by a GM team around the globe. It is the optical vision of a new touring car generation and takes the Chevrolet body language to the extreme. The compact Chevrolet WTCC Ultra (length/width/height: 4,325/1,905/1,570 mm) will celebrate its world premiere on the Chevrolet stand in Hall 5.2 of the Expo in Paris.

The trade and the general public will also get to see for the first time the new Chevrolet Epica Diesel, which will be launched in spring 2007. The mid-class sedan is powered by a two-litre common rail diesel with 150 hp. After the Captiva Diesel, which will reach the European showrooms in autumn and is celebrating its French premiere in Paris, the Epica is thus Chevrolet Europe's second diesel.

World premiere: Exciting racecar study Chevrolet WTCC Ultra

The bold and aggressive design of the racecar study sounds out the limits of Chevrolet's design language. The WTCC Ultra is a design icon that bends the present WTCC regulations. Words like "aggressive, muscular and dramatic" describe the car's design. Sharp lines contrast with more organic, flowing surfaces. The WTCC Ultra is propelled by a 190 hp diesel engine. Its proportions give the impression of a car that looks fast even when it's standing still.

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