2001 Chevrolet Malibu Cruiser Concept

Since its debut in 1997, the Chevy Malibu has developed a solid reputation for transportation thats perfect for family life, road trips and daily commuting. The Malibu Cruiser is proof that a traditional family sedan can be transformed into a sporty vehicle for the tuner crowd.

The shocking chartreuse green exterior is the first thing one notices about the Malibu Cruiser. This highly saturated custom color is called Sublime Lime by BASF. The exterior also features a larger front end, new rocker trim, hood, front and rear fascias, rear spoiler and an aggressively raised cowl hood. A brushed aluminum gas cap, tinted gray windows and fog lamps also distinguish this Malibu show car.

Under the hood, an orange-painted engine block peeks out from under a sleek polished aluminum engine cover. A modified, turbocharged 3500 sequential fuel injected 60-degree V6 engine pumps out 230 hp @ 5000 rpm and 286 lb-ft of torque @ 2900 rpm. The engine has an enlarged combustion chamber and the cylinder bore has been increased by .252-inches, to 93.50, to achieve 3.5-liter displacement.

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
engineTurbocharged V6
valvetrainOHV 2 Valves / Cyl
displacement3500 cc / 213.6 in³
power171.5 kw / 230.0 bhp @ 5000 rpm
specific output65.71 bhp per litre
bhp/weightbhp per tonne
torque387.76 nm / 286.0 ft lbs @ 2900 rpm
driven wheelsFront Engine
front tiresSP235/35 ZR 19
rear tiresSP235/35 ZR 19
front brakesDiscs w/ABS
f brake sizex 277 mm / x 10.9 in
rear brakesDrums w/ABS
r brake sizex 224 mm / x 8.8 in
front wheelsF 48.3 x 21.6 cm / 19.0 x 8.5 in
rear wheelsR 48.3 x 21.6 cm / 19.0 x 8.5 in
steeringRack & Pinion w/Power Assist
transmission4T65-E 4-Speed Auto
gear ratios2.96:1, 1.63:1, 1.00:1, 0.68:1, :1
final drive3.05:1