Chevrolet Malibu Turbo Performance Concept Revealed Ahead of SEMA

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Joining the previously announced Chevrolet concept cars for the 2012 SEMA Show will be the American automaker’s Malibu Turbo Performance concept.

The Chevrolet Malibu Turbo Performance concept features a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine under the hood which in stock form pumps out 259 hp. To garner the attention of show goers out in Las Vegas this year, the automaker gave it a Berlin Blue Tricoat exterior paint job along with a more aggressive exterior thanks to a body kit with a new front splitter, side skirts, rear diffuser, and trunk spoiler.

Subtle changes to the exterior include a new lower grille, fog light grilles with red surrounds, clear taillight lenses, and turbo badges. 20-inch wheels were mounted on all four corners. Suspension modifications include HiPer Strut front suspension and rear springs while six-piston calipers in the front combined with two-piece, cross-drilled rotors give the Malibu Turbo plenty of stopping performance.

Additional horsepower comes in the form of a prototype cold-air intake. On the inside, Chevy gave its Malibu a set of Recaro Sport seats that have been done in a Jet Black leather finish with Navy Blue suede and red contrast stitching.

The American automaker also revealed that more will be heading to the convention center including a 2014 Impala Concept, several Corvette models, and of course plenty of customized Camaros.

GALLERY: Chevrolet Malibu Turbo Performance Concept

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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