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AM2
05-17-2005, 04:54 AM
<IMG SRC="http://www.rsportscars.com/foto/05/wttcr05.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://carreviewsonline.auto123.com/ArtImages/40761/inline_04.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Following its highly visible premiere at the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), Chevrolet is now taking the flair of the racetrack to the road. At the second race of the season on the French Grand Prix track in Magny Cours, the company presented the prototype of a road version of the popular racing car. The WTCC R+ concept vehicle is, like the two-liter racing version, based on the four-door Lacetti/Nubira and has been thoroughly reworked and upgraded  optically, aerodynamically and technically  under the management of Chevrolet's WTCC partner, Ray Mallock Limited. Chevrolet's motor sports boss, Eric Neve: "Even ahead of our competing in the World Touring Car Championship, many of our fans asked us whether they could buy this sporty, four-door car. The R+ is the answer to these wishes. If there is a big enough response, our Chevrolet distributors will have them in their showrooms before the end of the year.<p>The appearance of this sporty four-door model has a great deal in common with the sophisticated aerodynamics of the racing car. A deep front bumper with pronounced air inlets blends harmoniously into the wider front fenders. Sculpted side sills link up with the extended rear wings. In combination with the dark tinted windows, a rear spoiler and a Venturi-effect rear bumper round off the sporty look of the new car. It can be recognized by the R+ logos on the rear and on the sides of the front fenders. The plus sign was designed resembling the Chevrolet logo.<p>The sporty aspect has been consistently pursued in the interior. The black leather upholstery of the seats has a distinctive stitching finish. The front seats incorporate the R+ logo, as do the special footwell mats and the dash panel. All the decorative strips are finished in a satin aluminum look. From the special sports-styled steering wheel and the non-slip aluminum pads of the pedals to gearshift knob, the driver has full command of the enormous power of the sporty Lacetti. The gear-shifting itself shows how much attention was paid to the details: Firmer bushes give a more precise feel to shifting, the gearshift itself is quicker to match the increased engine response.<p>And power there is. A mechanically driven supercharger with a pressure of 0.5 bar developed by the Swiss specialist and Chevrolet partner, Delta-Motor, joins forces with a charged air intercooler to raise the output by more than 40 percent (previous figures in brackets): 127 kW/172 bhp at 6,000 rpm (90 kW/123 bhp) and 170 lb-ft at 4,900 rpm (122 lb-ft) provide surging acceleration. The Lacetti WTCC R+ touches 62 mph in around 8 sec and races on to a maximum speed of over 134 mph. The power unit can be recognized from the R+ logos on the engine cam covers and on the distinctive tailpipe of the modified exhaust system. To ensure that the power is transmitted cleanly to the road, the R+ has a limited slip differential.<p>The brakes also grip faster and last longer. At the front, the Lacetti has larger-diameter 325 mm discs, and the calipers all-round are fitted with particularly fade-resistant brake pads. The four lightweight pistons of the front calipers are supplied by the British specialist Alcon and coated with silver. Good road contact is ensured by the 215/45 R17 low-profile, high-performance tires. They are mounted on large 17x7 inch special alloy spoke wheels that also increase the track width.<p>The suspensions have also been fundamentally modified. At the front and rear, the Nubira is lowered by 30 mm, and the standard suspension link bushes have been replaced with heavier-duty items for a more spontaneous feel and sharper handling. The springs and dampers have also been uprated for the same reasons. Larger diameter stabilizers reduce body roll and contribute to the sporty driving performance. For better vision at night, the Philips Power2Night upgraded lighting gives much higher (+ 30%) range and intensity for safer driving.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>- <A HREF="http://www.rsportscars.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.rsportscars.com</A>

CarPenter
05-17-2005, 09:09 PM
could you imagine if chevy brought this to the states and priced it at 15k to 18k they would sell every one they could make ! but ooops we are one of the largest car markets in the world but yet dont ever get the stuff that would make killer sales only the crap ! malibu, colbalt, g6, monte carlo, impala, and the laughable buick lucerne, lacrosse (ludicross would be a better name for that car) and golly gee we cant understand why the gm share of the market is going downhill, bob please listen to your'e customer base and not your'e bean counters ! its no wonder why toyota is prevailing so quickly ! cause they are giving consumers what they desire, not what your'e bean counters desire !!!

Gromit
05-18-2005, 05:07 AM
You're drooling over a Daewoo shopping trolley? Bolt on as many aftermarket bits as you like, it's never going to be particularly rewarding to drive.<p>The text makes a lot of song and dance about not very much. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/sleep.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>

Redline
05-18-2005, 01:17 PM
So what if it's a Daewoo? You can update the suspension heavily enough. add a bunch of performance parts, and dress up the looks and you'll have numerous people wondering how you did it. Of course this isn't the crowd that buys sporty cars, this is the crowd that buys and modifies Civics that this is going for. They would be amazed at the fact that you could put useful modifications onto a car. While yes it isn't powerful or fast, it does provide a good driving package for a low cost. Don't buy a family sedan expecting a Porsche, it simply won't happen.

AM2
05-20-2005, 11:59 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Gromit</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">You're drooling over a Daewoo shopping trolley? Bolt on as many aftermarket bits as you like, it's never going to be particularly rewarding to drive.<br></TD></TR></TABLE><br>To make a comment like that, have you driven Chevy's WTCC R+ Concept?<p>Don't expect much from a mainstream compact sedan, its not a real sports car... but i'm sure for its price(if produced) it should be ok.

check
05-22-2005, 11:38 PM
Anyone thinks it looks like a Subaru WRX?<br><IMG SRC="http://www.kochtuning.com/german/downloads/fahrzeuge/images/Subaru%20WRX%20BRT%20Umbau%201.jpg" BORDER="0">

taskbearer
05-27-2005, 11:23 AM
Nope, the original car looks in no way like a subaru and this souped up model couldn't be any farther from a WRX.

AM2
06-05-2005, 04:20 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>check</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Anyone thinks it looks like a Subaru WRX?<br><IMG SRC="http://www.kochtuning.com/german/downloads/fahrzeuge/images/Subaru%20WRX%20BRT%20Umbau%201.jpg" BORDER="0"></TD></TR></TABLE><p>It depends on how you look at things, they are both silver and they both have extanded fender/wheel arch flares and spoilers... lika almost all WTCC cars.<br><IMG SRC="http://img126.echo.cx/img126/987/chevroletlacettiwtccr021mv.jpg" BORDER="0">