Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Malibu Sleeper

The basic principle of a sleeper is something that looks relatively unassuming but is hiding unexpected firepower under the skin. There are often clues to what's gone on; perhaps the steels have been banded to allow for wider rubber, or the upgraded suspension will give itself away with a subtle drop, or you'll spy a large, shiny caliper peeking out from behind a wheel. But this Chevrolet Malibu is the very apogee of sleeperhood, with nothing at all suggesting from the outside that it's anything other than a grandma-spec runabout. With under 9,000 miles on the clock, it's a pristine three-box Chevy in pure OAP spec, resplendent in beige seats, beige carpets, beige dash, beige paint...
Under the bonnet, ready to shock and astound, is not the standard 229ci V6. It is, in fact, a turbocharged 3.8-litre V6 from a Buick Grand National. And not just in standard Buick production tune either, but offering 611bhp at the wheels, running on methanol. Couple that with stock, skinny rear tyres and you've got a recipe for traffic-light gobsmackery in spades.
Via Car Craft.

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