During the traditional SEMA Las Vegas show, Chevrolet also put on display a small electric model – its Spark EV. But, it turns out that it’s not a regular one, but rather a Spark EV Tech Performance concept.
just to deliver a bit of a hock to people who think battery operated vehicles are dull, the Tech Performance package pumps out an impressive 450 pound-feet of torque (610 Nm). That’s just 50 (68 Nm) more than the stock Spark EV – but to put it into better perspective, that’s also more than the classic 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS muscle car and 52 more lb-ft (70 Nm) than what a Ferrari 458 Italia delivers.
No, it won’t match the Italian job’s 0 to 60 mph times, but at 7.1 seconds off the line, the Spark EV Tech Performance package still manages a reasonably quick half-second better than the base Spark battery-car that recently went on sale in California.
Along with the trick green and white graphic package, the Tech gets a unique backlit Chevrolet “bowtie” on the grille, sporty billet aluminum wheels, distinctive body panels, sill plates, floor mats and pedal covers and other enhancements.
Particularly critical, the maker came up with what it describes as a “unique power-delivery algorithm that enhances acceleration.” Translation: the car’s software has been tweaked to let it deliver more current to its motors when the driver stomps the throttle.
Surprisingly, Chevrolet claims the modifications won’t reduce the Tech package’s range compared to the production Spark EV – a moderate 82 miles (130 km) per charge. Steps to trim weight off the show car may have helped boost range as well as performance. But expect that someone testing out the Tech’s tire-spinning capabilities more than occasionally would likely run short of battery a lot faster.
Chevrolet isn’t saying whether it might put a version of the Spark EV Tech Performance into production. The maker’s parent, General Motors, has promised to expand its line-up of electrified vehicles – including hybrids, plug-ins and pure battery-electric vehicles, however.