This'll get the engine-swapping juices flowing...
GM Europe has goosed its A-class Spark city car with the engine from the Sonic / Cruze to act as the pace car for the WTCC series (World Touring Car Championships).
source: Chevy builds Cruze-engined Super Spark for WTCC duty — Autoblog also GMTunerSource.com - Chevy Spark Gets Turbo Treatment for WTCC DutyThis spiced version of the Chevrolet's city car, equipped with a 1.4 turbo and 140 hp engine, has been entrusted the key task of leading the pack in the WTCC, as it will be the official leading car in selected events of the series. The Spark WTCC Leading Car will be displayed in public for the first time at the WTCC round in Zolder on 19-20 June.
- In case you forget: the 1.4t is rated for 138 jp / 148 ft-lbs of torque in the Cruze & Sonic. Euro HP numbers show 140 though.
- Curb weight of the Spark is ~1900 lbs
GM has been saying for a while that it's considering bringing the Spark to North America in 2012. Maybe, maybe not. That'll depend mostly on where gas prices go from here, I suspect.