Holden’s overseas sibling Chevrolet will debut a hotted-up ‘RS’ version of its new Spark hatch at next week’s SEMA show in Las Vegas.
Sharing its platform, technology and much of its styling with GM Europe’s new Opel Karl and Vauxhall Viva models, the new little hatch will make its way to Australia as the Holden Spark early next year.
It won’t look like this, though. While the car revealed here has the look of a pocket rocket, the regular Spark made its debut in April, and that’s the A-to-B hatch we’ll see here in 2016.
As a customised sports concept, the Spark RS gets 17-inch alloy wheels and a lowered suspension package, along with new bumpers and a light assortment of carbon-fibre styling elements around the body.
No surprise, Chevrolet has yet to reveal anything about the RS hatch’s power and performance.
But, while it’s likely to be packing the same 73kW 1.4-litre engine that drives the regular model, there may be something like the Opel Adam S hatch’s turbocharged 110kW/220Nm 1.4-litre unit under the bonnet.
It remains to be seen if GM will deliver a performance-focused version of its new Spark city car, or if Holden would offer such a model here.
The current Barina Spark offers few thrills, but its larger Barina sibling can be had in a warmed-up 103kW RS form.
A Spark RS would have few competitors in its city-car ‘micro’ segment, with only the Abarth-enhanced Fiat 500 standing out as an obvious sports contender.
Still, the existence - in Europe - of the Opel Adam S shows that GM is not averse to delivering a tiny sports hatch.
But, with the Karl, Viva and Chevrolet Spark all focused in their respective markets as budget-friendly commuter cars, it appears unlikely that any genuine performance version will appear.