Posted Feb 22nd 2013 2:15PM
"It's on the list. It would be a great entry for us," said General Motors North American boss, Mark Reuss of the Code 130 R Concept. Those, friends, are encouraging words in a world weighed down by obese sports cars.
The Chevrolet Code 130 R Concept is a shot over the bow of the Toyota GT-86, or Scion FR-S & Subaru BR-Z as it's badged here in Canada. Following the delicious recipe of a lightweight, front engined, rear-wheel drive car with an old-school manual transmission in the mix, the Code 130 R has the attention of track-addicts the world over.
And what of its underpinnings? GM would likely use their new rear-wheel drive Alpha architecture, which currently underpins the Cadillac ATS and will go on to be used in the next-gen Chevrolet Camaro.
Because Chevy are trying to build a super-compact sports car off of a rather healthy sized frame, the wheelbase of the Code 130 R is very long - 277 centimetres (109 inches) - relative to the total length of the car, with the wheels pushed to the very corners. This has its benefits dynamically and aesthetically, but does not bode well for the Code 130 R matching its Japanese competition on the scales - most likely this car would weigh 1,360 kg (3,000 lb) or just a little over while the Scion FR-S tips the scales closer to 1,250 kg (2,700 lb). To give a better reference point on size, consider that the wheelbase of this concept car is slightly shorter than that of the current (F30) BMW 3 series.
As far as styling, we like the very boxy design, but looks are subjective and we'll leave this up to you in our comment section after leafing through our photo gallery of the Code 130 RS on the 2013 Toronto Auto Show floor.
Our astute readers will note that we have recurrently referred to this concept as the Code 130 R - yet in the photos (and in the heading) it's labeled as the Code 130 RS. It turns out GM have kept the ball rolling and the "RS" is an updated version of the concept car, packing more power.
To read about the technical updates to the Code 130 RS Concept and to watch a short video, hit the jump. Be sure to check out our photo gallery from the Toronto Auto Show floor.
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The Code 130 R concept features a 1.4 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 150 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. True, the Scion FR-S produces 200 hp from its 2.0 litre boxer-4 - but GM have not left this car breathless, as it has been fitted with GM's "eAssist" hybrid drive system, supplementing engine power with torque from an electric motor.
The Code 130 RS shown in Toronto is a more powerful foe to the Japanese lightweights, sporting a 270 horsepower 2.0 litre turbocharged 4-cylinder. Both Toyota and Subaru are rumoured to have plans for a turbocharged version of their own cars, so the Code 130 RS would play in this elevated sandbox.
No confirmation yet whether GM will follow through and built it but the fact that they've updated the concept with a more powerful engine and brought it to the great white north means that it's at least still on their radar. If GM does decide to build it, expect pricing to be very competitive with a price tag around US$25,000.